Black History Month 2023: Meet James Alalade
At TD Securities, we are committed to creating positive changes, championing an inclusive workplace and amplifying the voices of the next generation of TD talent. In celebration of Black History Month, we're spotlighting four rising Black colleagues, sharing how they kickstarted their careers with TD Securities and highlighting their experiences and the significance of this month to them.
This week, we're celebrating James Alalade, a Rotational Associate in the FX Forwards Trading Group. James joined TD in 2021 as a Customer Experience Associate while completing his degree. Following graduation, he then would go on to be an Associate in the Asset Securitization Group in 2022, moving into his current role shortly after.
Tell us about your educational background. Where did you study?
What attracted you to TD Securities and how has the experience been so far?
As a young Black leader, what aspirations do you have for yourself?
Ultimately, I want to foster an environment where marginalized individuals can succeed in finance, and I want to be a mentor for young Black individuals in the same way I was mentored. Before working in this industry, I didn't know a lot about the financial industry because I wasn't located in a city with a renowned financial hub. The mentorship program was a means for me to gain exposure, learn about the industry and access available opportunities. A lot of people don't know about the opportunities available to them. TD provided me with mentorship and exposure. I want to pay that forward.
Which Black leader has inspired you the most in your life?
He founded a school in his hometown, headlined the More Than a Vote campaign and is an active member of Black Lives Matter, demonstrating his resounding ability to foster growth and promote positive change in the Black Community. One of my favorite quotes from him is: "I’ve grown to know who I am and what I stand for – and it’s not just about me, it’s about my people. That’s why I’m leading the charge". His leadership is something that inspires me to do better and more importantly, give back every day.