In the spring of 2017, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility CEO Cid Wilson earned a Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award from the American Conference on Diversity.
At the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR), Wilson directs programs and initiatives aimed at encouraging Fortune 500 companies to include more Hispanics in employment, procurement, philanthropy, and governance.
Wilson was named the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility’s (HACR) President and Chief Executive Officer in July 2014, bringing more than 20 years of corporate finance and Wall Street equity research experience. He manages a staff of talented and dedicated professionals and works closely with corporate board members, Hispanic organizations, and corporate partners around the country.
In September 2009, former President Barack Obama appointed Wilson to the National Museum of the American Latino Study Commission that proposed to the President and Congress construction of a new Smithsonian Museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC. He was named board chair of the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino in 2012 and continues to lead advocacy efforts aimed at sustaining Congressional support for the museum’s completion.
The American Conference on Diversity is dedicated to building just and inclusive schools, workplaces, and communities through awareness, education, and advocacy. The nonprofit organization was founded in 1948 as the National Conference of Christians and Jews. Today the programs, services, and initiatives of the American Conference on Diversity are among the most important work focused on creating a more inclusive society.
In a wide-ranging interview with Latin Business Today‘s “Inspirational Latinos, Latinos of Vision and Influence” HACR’s Cid Wilson shared his journey and insights. Below are 5 quotes from the interview.
Growing up in a Dominican family in Teaneck, NJ which is predominately Orthodox Jewish and African American had a major influence on me in terms of recognizing the importance of multicultural and multi-religious communities. I attended both public schools and Catholic schools.
My experience starting my Wall Street career in the mailroom at an investment firm without compensation (they covered my lunch and my bus transportation) was life-changing because it launched my career in the financial services sector.
I went from the mailroom to the executive board room over the years and then in 2006, Forbes ranked me #1 equity research financial analyst in my field.
I learned about goal-setting during my days in the mailroom. I listened to audios from Tony Robbins’ Personal Power and Franklin Covey. These goal-setting experience put me on the fast track and turned my dream goals into reality.
I would not have succeeded in my life were it not for my failures. As President & CEO of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR), I brought a lot of experiences professionally and in the Latino community over my 21-year Wall Street career.
A proud Dominican American, with Bergen County, NJ, roots, his interest in serving the community has been exemplified through board membership with leading minority advocacy groups, including LatinoJustice PRLDEF (formerly the Puerto Rican Legal Defense & Education Fund), the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), and Dominicans on Wall Street.
He is the former national president of the Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR), former vice chairman of the board of trustees for Bergen Community College, a former trustee ambassador to the New Jersey Council of County Colleges, a former member of the Association of Community College Trustees’ (ACCT) National Board of Directors, and a Gold Life Member of the NAACP. training so youth can stand up to hate, educate their peers, and be better prepared to enter today’s workplace.
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