By Jennifer Baeza
On October 26, 2018 I had the amazing opportunity to attend the first annual Future Leaders program hosted at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. I was able to network with individuals who currently hold a position there and learn about their daily workplace. The program was focused on opportunities in the Information Technology (IT) field. What I found interesting is that IT even plays a role in business.
The event as an all-day event from 8:00am to 2:00 pm. There was a chance to network and ask the panel questions. After the program ended, we were able to go downstairs and have a tour of the Money Museum. This event encourages women and minorities to apply to roles in the IT world.
Nataya Johnson, a participant, commented, “What I learned from Future Leaders at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is that there is room for upward mobility. There is room to grow no matter what type of degree you have. Certain people who have worked for the Federal Reserve for over 10 years started from entry-level positions. These positions taught them how to get to the spot they are now at in their lives. Hearing that has taught me that my life has to start somewhere in order to move upward in my life.”
Students can apply for the next year’s program and learn more about the Fed, by visiting the Federal Reserve of Chicago website: https://www.chicagofed.org/careers/internship-program.