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B.B.A., Finance | 2018
Corporate Banking Associate, CIBC Capital Markets, New York, New York
In 2019, after weeks of indecision and ignoring the advice of some of her most trusted friends, Kelly Alvarez decided to shift gears and made the leap from the global finance and business management team at JPMorgan Chase to a smaller company and a completely different role at CIBC Capital Markets. When transitioning into her new position, she made it her mission to get smart and get connected fast. “I read industry primers, joined a junior advisory council focused on engaging juniors across the bank, and stayed in touch with my Brooklyn College friends and advisers for advice and much-needed late-night chats,” says Alvarez, who works on the bank’s Corporate Banking Power & Utilities team.
“Corporate banking felt like a whole new world when I started at CIBC,” says Alvarez, who works in partnership with different groups across capital markets and risk to provide bank debt financing solutions to the bank’s electric, gas, and water portfolio companies.
Outside of work, Alvarez studies climate technology and is completing an apprenticeship at the Climatebase Fellowship, a career accelerator and professional community of founders, researchers, investors, and climate experts who teach what and how technology is applied to address climate change. “My goal is to gain a clearer understanding of climate science and real-world solutions to climate change.”