Claire Kurmel’s parents—a banker and a teacher—made financial literacy a priority for their family. “We talked about money, saving and investing at the dinner table,” remembers Kurmel.
“Today I work in financial services because I want all Americans to retire with dignity. Increasingly, lawmakers and industry are working together to expand financial education and access to more people (e.g., myRA). I firmly believe that with the right saving and investing habits we can have a measure of financial security. This goal gives meaning to my day-to-day and helps me focus on new opportunities that will make an impact.”
Since earning her UC Davis MBA in 2004, Kurmel has followed a linear career path, from her digital marketing role at Barclays Global Investors to director, marketing manager at BlackRock to her new marketing leadership role at State Street Global Advisors, one of the world’s largest investment management firms.
She’s seen her share of ups and downs. The global financial crisis, Kurmel says, “ushered in a new era of regulatory scrutiny and self-reflection. I decided to stay in the financial services industry after the crisis because I believe that a community of investment professionals can help deliver better financial outcomes for millions of Americans. I’d like to be part of that.”
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