EP110 Milli Moves: ASPIRE with Karla Badger-Brown of Toronto Finance International

Karla Badger-Brown is the Director of ASPIRE, a Toronto Finance International program developed to grow the talent pool of work-ready talent for the financial services industry. Karla has experience working in financial services, life sciences, retail, healthcare, and sales. She has a Ph.D. in Medical Biophysics from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Science in Genetics from the University of Manitoba.


Karla joins me today to share how the ASPIRE program is changing the perspective of roles in the financial industry and helping students find opportunities to grow and expand their skills. She shares three core ways that ASPIRE helps students, including job matching, the ASPIRE Challenge, and free resources. Karla also reveals the details of the upcoming ASPIRE Edge program and shares tips for students to avoid common business etiquette mistakes. 


“A lot of financial services organizations are moving far more toward being technology organizations that happen to work in finance.” – Karla Badger-Brown


This Week on Young Money:


  • Changing the perspective of financial services companies
  • The exciting and innovative roles in finance, from data scientists to graphic designers and psychologists
  • How ASPIRE is helping students grow and expand their skills
  • How the job matching platform at ASPIRE helps students find internships and co-ops
  • The opportunities for students who take part in the ASPIRE Challenge 
  • The ASPIRE resources to help students build business skills
  • The upcoming ASPIRE Edge program
  • Tips to help students avoid business etiquette mistakes 
  • Why students should take full advantage of work opportunities


Key takeaways:


  1. Take advantage of the ASPIRE opportunities
  2. ASPIRE is for students of any discipline
  3. Follow ASPIRE on social media for updates, employment and networking opportunities


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