Oct 20, 2022
Akasha Absher: Pushing Past The Limitations of Whiteness
In this week’s episode, we are joined by Akasha Absher, the president of Syntrinsic Investment Counsel, a national investment consulting firm.
Akasha and Marisol converse about:
* Akasha explains how she's not only the president of a firm but a Black woman, friend, boss, colleague, partner, finance professional, dreamer, human with capacity for greatness and with capacity to make monumental mistakes.
* We talk about how in order to be perceived as successful, you must leave certain “worlds” then decide whether you try to reintegrate back into those communities.
* We talked about the importance of networking with other POC to build knowledge and increase the likelihood of being successful.
* It is important to prove, advocate, and assert yourself in order to be taken seriously.
Watch this episode here - https://youtu.be/16mj1wiGS4o
About our guest:
Akasha Absher (she/her/hers) is, among many things, the President of Syntrinsic Investment Counsel, a Colorado-based national firm that provides investment advice and strategic consulting to endowment foundations and private clients. The catalyst of her impressive career can be traced back to Clark Atlanta University where she obtained her BA in Finance. Later, after a stint in South America, she earned her MBA from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business. She's been making moves ever since. Akasha has an extensive background in investment consulting and banking, fixed income trading, risk management, and nonprofit leadership. This unique amalgamation of expertise has ultimately led to her prowess and success as president of Syntrinsic and beyond. In 2020, Akasha was named one of the top 25 Most Powerful Women in Colorado by the Colorado Women's Chamber. To top it all off, Akasha is a dedicated community member. She serves on the Board of Pinnacol Assurance, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Board, the Advisory Board of the CLIMBER Loan Fund, and the REI Advisory Committee for Confluence Philanthropy. The latter is a diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative managed exclusively by women and POC. They seek to expand the control of capital beyond "white male gatekeepers" and to provide resources to continue moving the discussion forward. Originally from New York, Akasha and her husband moved from NYC to indulge in Colorado's scenery. When she isn't hustling, Akasha can be found enjoying time with family, hiking, reading, traveling, and practicing yoga.
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Akasha Absher - https://www.linkedin.com/in/akashaabsher/
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