One of Wall Street’s First Black Women Traders & Chief of Strategic Partnerships, Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE)
From humble Southern beginnings to breaking barriers on Wall Street, Martina Marshall Edwards is the epitome of not allowing your circumstances to determine your outcome. A finance major and graduate from Tuskegee University, a historically black college and university, Edwards went on to hold a prestigious historical title. Read More >
On Breaking Barriers in Finance | CNBC Make It
Atlanta Business Journal Interview
Martina provides highlights of her riveting journey from rural Alabama to the New York Stock Exchange outlining how she became a historical first for her firm and the first Black woman equity trader on the NYSE in its 225-year history, earning a coveted membership “seat” valued at over $3.5 million upon her exit in 2006.
Although she grew up with humble beginnings in Beatrice, Alabama, a small town with a population to date of under 400 people, she had audacious dreams. In this inspiring and insightful talk, she illustrates that your circumstances, identity, socioeconomic status, and social capital do not determine your outcome. The audience will be inspired by her personal and professional experiences as she connects the dots on the power of bold thinking, self-confidence and living up to your own greatness, especially in the face of adversity.
She crystalizes for anyone listening that success, while notable, does not equate to significance. One of Martina’s personal mantras is to Serve Invest and Return Value (SIRV). Knowing that equity, access and opportunity lead to social benefits that reverberate through communities creating financial upswings and collective prosperity, she offers sage advice and insights from her two decades of experience being a multiplier - opening doors for others. From her five years in NYC leading an alternative investment fellowship program promoting diversity for underrepresented talent to her executive roles in community and economic development democratizing access to capital for entrepreneurs, she underscores the value of diversity and thinking outside of self.
This dynamic speech is relatable to any audience member who has ever felt overwhelmed, lost, or simply asked themself “How did I get here?” Finding passion, purpose and the greatness within you can be hard and at times feel fleeting. Martina provides a blueprint for how to pause, pivot or proceed when life presents you with defining decision-making moments that make you recalibrate and reexamine self. She explores activating the power within you to overcome not only challenging external obstacles, but also internal fears that can become barriers to success. Audiences will walk away motivated to dig deep and push through to achieve greatness that is in store for them.
"Martina provided a master’s class on how to achieve excellence with integrity during our motivational speaker series. Her exciting journey from academic life to becoming a historic first at the NYSE was so inspiring and insightful for our students. A shining example of where hard-work and tenacity can get you."
"A mom herself, Martina is passionate, poised, vulnerable and relatable. A highly sought after session, our attendees were motivated by her personal triumphs and history making career. We would welcome her back!"
"Her talk about financial vision and building a lasting legacy was outstanding. A true homerun that empowered parents, especially moms to take stock of decisions today, which can influence their overall wellness, specifically financial in the future. It was such an additive component for our metro chapter conference."
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