15 episodes

Becoming a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) charterholder is a defining moment for any investment professional. But earning this distinction is no easy task. It takes true grit and determination to invest the time and dedication needed to succeed. What drives candidates to embark on this journey? We’re uncovering the inspirational stories that led people across the globe down the path to charterholder. This unique collection of personal experiences is intended to help inspire the investment professionals of the future to chart their own journey.

My CFA® Charter Story CFA Institute

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    • 4.8 • 19 Ratings

Becoming a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) charterholder is a defining moment for any investment professional. But earning this distinction is no easy task. It takes true grit and determination to invest the time and dedication needed to succeed. What drives candidates to embark on this journey? We’re uncovering the inspirational stories that led people across the globe down the path to charterholder. This unique collection of personal experiences is intended to help inspire the investment professionals of the future to chart their own journey.

    S2 Ep6: Mark Temnikov, CFA

    S2 Ep6: Mark Temnikov, CFA

    Discover the fascinating journey of Mark Temnikov, CFA, who transitioned from an aspiring surgeon to a passionate finance professional, as he shares his experience with the CFA Institute Research Challenge. Learn how Mark honed his skills in data analysis and problem-solving, key elements in both medicine and finance, and his inspiring story of pursuing the CFA Program.
    Not only did the CFA Program help Mark land an internship in Hong Kong, but it also allowed him to apply his university studies to real-world situations. He shares his enchanting story of discovering his CFA Level III results in the same country and hotel where he first learned about the program a decade ago. Mark also talks about his ongoing involvement with the CFA Institute Research Challenge, CFA Society Switzerland, and his pursuit of a Certificate in ESG Investing. Don't miss the inspiring story of a journey from medicine to finance and everything in between!
    (0:00:04) - CFA Institute Research Challenge Experience (13 Minutes)
    Lauren McAdams chats with Mark about his journey from wanting to become a doctor to ultimately finding his passion in finance. He discovered a passion for data analysis and problem solving, which is a key element of both medicine and finance. They discuss how Mark heard about the CFA Institute Research Challenge and decided to become involved. After preparing for 12 months, Mark went headfirst into the challenge, eventually landing him in the global final. Mark also talks about the experience of preparing for each round and how it has helped him in his career in investment management.
    (0:12:39) - From CFA Internship to Charterholder (6 Minutes)
    Mark shares his journey from wanting to become a doctor to a career in finance. He was inspired to pursue the CFA Program in order to land an internship in Hong Kong and how the program was beneficial in helping him to apply his university studies in the real world. Mark recounts his magical story of finding out his CFA level III results in the same country and hotel that he learned about the program ten years prior. He also talks about his ongoing involvement with the CFA Institute Research Challenge and CFA Society Switzerland and how he is now pursuing the CFA Institute Certificate in ESG Investing.

    • 18 min
    S2 Ep5: Anil Ghelani, CFA

    S2 Ep5: Anil Ghelani, CFA

    Anil Ghelani, CFA, head of passive investments and products at DSP Mutual Fund discusses his experience as a volunteer for the CFA Society India, where he has been involved for over a decade, serving as a director and former vice chairman. Anil explains that he initially joined to network and learn from senior colleagues in the industry, but also found the experience fulfilling and rewarding, particularly in terms of the learning and experience gained, which has helped him in his professional role.

    • 26 min
    S2 Ep4: Alexandra Smedoiu, CFA

    S2 Ep4: Alexandra Smedoiu, CFA

    Alexandra Smedoiu, CFA, partner at Deloitte and president of CFA Society Romania, speaks to Lauren McAdams about her experience earning the CFA® charter, the value of the charter and the CFA community, the activities of CFA Society Romania, and its impact in the markets.
    Achieve one of the highest distinctions in the investment management profession: Become a Chartered Financial Analyst®. As a CFA® charterholder, you will have the knowledge and the skills to thrive in the competitive investing industry. Learn more at https://cfainst.is/CFAProgram.
     
    Learn on the go with CFA Institute. Explore our range of online courses about trending investment areas such as climate finance, data science and cryptocurrency. Learn more at https://cfainst.is/OnlineCourses.
     
    Thank you for listening, if you enjoyed this episode please tell a friend and be sure to leave a review. To find the full line-up of CFA Institute podcasts, visit https://cfainst.is/podcasts.

    • 15 min
    S2 Ep3: Taneka Lawrence, CFA

    S2 Ep3: Taneka Lawrence, CFA

    As a senior relationship manager at Polen Capital Management, Taneka Lawrence, CFA, works with due diligence analysts in national accounts. Earning the CFA charter while starting a family was tough, but the knowledge and skills gained from the CFA Program give Taneka confidence in client meetings, and the CFA designation gives her credibility with peers and clients.
    Achieve one of the highest distinctions in the investment management profession: Become a Chartered Financial Analyst®. As a CFA® charterholder, you will have the knowledge and the skills to thrive in the competitive investing industry. Learn more at https://cfainst.is/CFAProgram.
     
    Learn on the go with CFA Institute. Explore our range of online courses about trending investment areas such as climate finance, data science and cryptocurrency. Learn more at https://cfainst.is/OnlineCourses.
     
    Thank you for listening, if you enjoyed this episode please tell a friend and be sure to leave a review. To find the full line-up of CFA Institute podcasts, visit https://cfainst.is/podcasts.

    • 17 min
    S2 Ep2: Malak Kraisha, CFA

    S2 Ep2: Malak Kraisha, CFA

    Malak Kraisha, CFA, shares her experience of earning the CFA charter during the COVID-19 pandemic to become one of the youngest CFA charterholders in the Middle East, and how she leverages the knowledge she has gained from the charter in her role as a venture capitalist in the fintech space.
    Achieve one of the highest distinctions in the investment management profession: Become a Chartered Financial Analyst®. As a CFA® charterholder, you will have the knowledge and the skills to thrive in the competitive investing industry. Learn more at https://cfainst.is/CFAProgram.
     
    Learn on the go with CFA Institute. Explore our range of online courses about trending investment areas such as climate finance, data science and cryptocurrency. Learn more at https://cfainst.is/OnlineCourses.
     
    Thank you for listening, if you enjoyed this episode please tell a friend and be sure to leave a review. To find the full line-up of CFA Institute podcasts, visit https://cfainst.is/podcasts.

    • 20 min
    S2 Ep1: Gene Gard, CFA

    S2 Ep1: Gene Gard, CFA

    Hear how the CFA® Program helped Gene Gard, CFA, chief investment officer at Telarray, pivot from submarine tours in the US Navy to a career in finance, and how involvement with CFA societies supported his growth in the finance industry in this episode of My CFA Charter Story.
     
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    Achieve one of the highest distinctions in the investment management profession: Become a Chartered Financial Analyst®. As a CFA® charterholder, you will have the knowledge and the skills to thrive in the competitive investing industry. Learn more at https://cfainst.is/CFAProgram.
     
    Learn on the go with CFA Institute. Explore our range of online courses about trending investment areas such as climate finance, data science and cryptocurrency. Learn more at https://cfainst.is/OnlineCourses.
     
    Thank you for listening, if you enjoyed this episode please tell a friend and be sure to leave a review. To find the full line-up of CFA Institute podcasts, visit https://cfainst.is/podcasts.

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

JoanieUSA ,

Very inspiring

I’ve been on my journey for several years now. Great to hear from other CFAs and some of the problems they have faced along the way. Can’t wait to join the fam!

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