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Change Starts Together: Storytelling with Amos Dadzie from EdenTree Investment Management
‘Change Starts Together’ is our storytelling campaign which forms part of The Lord Mayor's Appeal Power of Inclusion initiative.
These stories help us to raise awareness of the importance of social mobility within the City of London and across the UK, as well as inspiring businesses to create inclusive cultures by hearing from those with diverse socio-economic backgrounds.
To kick off 2024, we asked Amos Dadzie, Investment Operations & Reporting Manager at EdenTree Investment Management to share his 'Change Starts Together' story...
Tell us about your early life, background and aspirations?
My early life as a second-generation immigrant from Ghana living in South London has significantly shaped me. Growing up in a household that blended Ghanaian traditions with British culture instilled in me a strong work ethic, resilience; and a deep appreciation for education.
Growing up I was aware of the great sacrifices my parents made to ensure I applied myself at school. These values have been instrumental in shaping my character and guiding me to where I am today.
Moreover, my multicultural background has made me adaptable and open to diversity, contributing to my perspective on life and I am grateful to my parents for instilling in me aspiration to be the best I possibly can be.
"Growing up in a household that blended Ghanaian traditions with British culture instilled in me a strong work ethic, resilience; and a deep appreciation for education."
Tell us about your experience of working in the City
I got into working in the City by accident! I studied Anatomy & Physiology in Dundee, Scotland before returning to London and getting a temporary job on Harley Street. To supplement this, I got a second job working for a financial training company, before moving to Bear Stearns in Canary Wharf and the rest is history!
Working in Canary Wharf and the City was initially overwhelming and exciting at the same time but knowing my father had previously worked in the City was an inspiration. As I gained in experience, I appreciated and took advantage of the mentors that provided invaluable support to help my professional development.
Never have I had to hide my background at work as it defines who I am and enables me to be true to myself. As for feeling out of place, I would argue that I have on occasions taken myself out of my comfort zone (for example going to University in Scotland rather than London like more of my friends) enabling me to enhance a sense of diversity and increase my frame of reference.
I believe I have had equal opportunities to progress my career, and with over twenty years working in finance, it inspires me now more than ever to see people that look like me in more senior roles, as well junior colleagues just starting their career journey
"Never have I had to hide my background at work as it defines who I am and enables me to be true to myself."
What does social mobility mean to you?
Social mobility to me means creating opportunities for individuals to ascend the socioeconomic ladder based on merit and talent, irrespective of their background or starting point. It involves breaking down barriers and providing equal access to education, employment, and advancement. My own journey reflects the potential for upward mobility through dedication, continuous learning, and seizing opportunities in the dynamic landscape of the financial sector.
"By prioritising social mobility, businesses contribute to creating a more inclusive and equitable society."
My employer actively seeks to enable and encourage the best candidates from all walks of life to apply for jobs for example not excluding candidates that haven’t been to university. Social mobility should be a priority for businesses because it aligns with principles of fairness, diversity, and equal opportunity. By prioritising social mobility, businesses contribute to creating a more inclusive and equitable society.
"Prioritising social mobility also enhances a company’s reputation, attracting top talent and demonstrating a commitment to corporate social responsibility."
Diverse talent from varied socio-economic backgrounds brings different perspectives and experiences, fostering innovation and better decision-making within the industry. Prioritising social mobility also enhances a company’s reputation, attracting top talent and demonstrating a commitment to corporate social responsibility.
Ultimately, by actively promoting social mobility, businesses can help break down barriers, address inequality, and contribute to a more just and sustainable future.
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