Mentorship key to success says honouree
TORONTO, Oct. 15, 2012 /CNW/ - CIBC (TSX:CM) (NYSE: CM) is proud to
announce that Viktoriya Gruzytska, Executive Director, Corporate Credit
Products has been recognized with the Women in Capital Markets' Rising
Star Award for 2012.
"I am honored and excited to receive the Women in Capital Market's
Rising Star Award and grateful to everyone with whom I have had the
privilege of working with during the past 12 years at CIBC," says
Gruzytska who is in the corporate banking group at CIBC. "I have been
very fortunate to have benefitted from valuable mentoring and to have
been inspired by strong female and male role models, which has
encouraged me to give back to others, especially to women who are new
to the industry or considering joining."
The Women in Capital Markets' Rising Star Award honours an individual
who at an early stage in their career exhibits an entrepreneurial
spirit combined with outstanding and unique contributions to the
capital markets industry.
"CIBC believes in the importance of promoting the entry, advancement and
development of women in the workplace," says Richard Nesbitt, Senior
Executive Vice-President, CIBC. "That's why it's important to recognize
employees like Viktoriya who have made lasting contributions by
providing inspirational leadership and mentorship to women."
Gruzytska says that a big part of her decision to pursue her career path
was strongly influenced by a friend who was already in the field and
without her encouragement Gruzytska would not had considered a career
in capital markets.
"It is hard for me to imagine a career outside of capital markets, but
had it not been for that early advice and mentorship, I am not sure I
would be where I am today," says Gruzytska. "I was truly fortunate and
find it extremely rewarding to be able to do the same for others."
Since joining CIBC, Gruzytska has encouraged young women who are either
thinking about working in capital markets or who are in the early
stages of their career to build their own personal "career advisory
board". Her own advisory board is comprised of a network of people both
inside and outside of CIBC, who she reaches out to whenever she needs
advice on her professional and personal goals.
"Mentoring is mutually beneficial, with both partners learning from the
relationship. And I have found it pivotal to career advancement," says
Gruzytska. "Many of my career advisory board members are long-time
mentors, who I respect highly and value. Time and time again, they have
offered unique perspectives and have inspired me to pay-it-forward to
young women in the industry, formally and informally."
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