Mar 11, 2021
Claudia Rivas channels her grandmother Trinidad’s grit. In this episode of I HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY we celebrate her recent promotion to Senior Vice President at the Merrill Lynch Wealth Management firm in the Bay area that she’s been at for over a decade. Claudia self-identifies as an immigrant and person of color who is proud of her Latino heritage, and this accomplishment is epic because her career started with a simple dream to provide a better life for her family. She shares how she defied all low expectations society tried to impose on her as a teenage mom, and how finding mentors that looked like her helped her stay true to her passion – economics. “I had to honor the sacrifice my abuela Trinidad made to bring us here.”, she says. The face of wealth is changing, and Claudia is helping write the playbook for the next generation. As she sees it, a brighter future is a possibility for so many communities that have been disenfranchised: she’s living proof of it.