The Journey from Networking to Sponsorship

Recorded On: 06/07/2023

Hear from Nicsa Rising Stars and experienced industry mentors about the differences between networking, mentoring and sponsorship. 

Learn which are most impactful during different parts of a career journey and explore how offering these can help retain your diverse employees. 

This program is sponsored by:


Jamila Abston Mayfield (Moderator)

Partner, EY

Jamila Abston Mayfield is a Partner in the EY Financial Services Business Consulting practice where she provides risk, compliance, and regulatory consulting services to key wealth and asset management, private equity, hedge fund, and banking and capital markets clients. She is also the EY Financial Inclusion Leader, and she and her team assist financial services firms in developing strategies, products, and services that create access, equity, and inclusion opportunities for underserved communities.  Jamila rejoined EY from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), where she served as the Assistant Regional Director for the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations. In this role, Jamila served as an expert advisor for the SEC Examinations program, specializing in compliance program effectiveness, risk analytics, enterprise risk management, and cybersecurity for the asset management industry. She led and participated in hundreds of SEC Examinations and Enforcement investigations of investment advisers, investment companies, broker-dealers, transfer agents, alternative funds, and other industry participants.

Prior to the SEC, Jamila was a Manager in the EY Fraud Investigations and Dispute Services practice where she led restatements, investigations, and litigation support matters for healthcare, manufacturing, government, and technology clients.  Jamila is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF). She has a BA in Accounting from Florida A&M University, a MS in Accountancy from the University of Virginia, and an MBA in Asset Management from Yale University.  She was recently appointed to the SEC Investor Advisory Committee – a group that advises the Commission on regulatory priorities, trading strategies, fee structures, the effectiveness of disclosure, and other initiatives to protect investor interests.

Jamila is on the leadership team of the EY Black Professional Network and the EY Anti-Racism Task Force focusing on the recruitment, retention, and advancement of minorities.  She is a Lifetime Member of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) and an active member of the American Institute for Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Association for Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). Jamila also serves on the Yale School of Management’s Council for Anti-Racism and Equity (CARE) and is on the Board of Directors of Sanctuary for Families, New York’s leading service provider for domestic violence survivors.  Jamila has received numerous accolades, including the Crain’s Notable Women in Accounting and Consulting Award, the Yale Alumni Association Leadership Award, and the SEC Community Service Award, among others.

Eli Gramajo

Equity Research Associate

MFS Investment Management

Eli Gramajo is a first generation Guatemalan American. He received his B.A. in Economics at Princeton University in 2019. He currently works as an Equity Research Associate at MFS supporting their Energy Sector Team. Eli is also a co-Leader for their ERG subgroup: Mosaic Latinx. Eli is also a member of MFS’s  Impact Investment committee, dedicated to allocating capital to projects doing good for the world. Eli is passionate about his family, social equality, the environment, and being a role model to many underprivileged students.

Dan Ngoy

Second Vice President | Program Manager | Enterprise Resiliency Office

Northern Trust Asset Servicing

Dan is a Second Vice President and Enterprise Program Manager in the Enterprise Resiliency Office at Northern Trust. Prior to his current role he led a team within Northern Trust Hedge Fund Services specializing in OTC Structured Products. Dan holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from St. Lawrence University. In 2021, Dan was recognized as the NICSA Rising Star, representing Northern Trust. Outside of his day to day role, Dan serves as the Executive Co-Chair on The Advancing Professionals Resource Council (APRC), an employee resource group at Northern Trust. In his free time, Dan enjoys playing and watching soccer, always cheering on his beloved Arsenal Football Club.

Paul Olschwanger

Founder & Chief Inspiration Officer

Wendell Rhoads Consulting

Paul Olschwanger is the Founder & Chief Inspiration Officer of Wendell Rhoads Consulting, a valuable partner to asset management firms and their people, offering industry experience, individual and team coaching, organizational strategy, and recruiting. Before founding Wendell Rhoads Consulting, he led Olschwanger Partners, with a focus on complex executive searches. Most recently, while at Aon, he provided senior-level support for diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and human capital development. There he coached over 300 investment professionals globally. He also served on numerous internal and external boards, including the CEO Advisory Council of The Diversity Project North America, and North America Inclusion Council.

Paul earned a BBA in Finance degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He completed the first AIMSE Investment Institute, Investments, and Marketing at The Wharton School, and earned a graduate certification in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Purdue University.

A frequent conference and webinar panelist and moderator, Paul is a long-time board member of the CFA Society in Dallas-Ft. Worth, and hosts their flagship podcast Charterholder Chatter. He sits on the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board for the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association (DCIIA), Talent Pool Expansion Cohort for IDAC, previously served on the board of the Parkinson Voice Project and is a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, American Psychological Association, and CFA Institute.


The Journey from Networking to Sponsorship
Recorded 06/07/2023  |  60 minutes
Recorded 06/07/2023  |  60 minutes
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