MBA Education Path to Diversity Scholar Profile: James McGee
By MBA Insights Staff
July 24, 2018
(One of a continuing series of profiles of participants in the MBA Education Path to Diversity (P2D) Scholarship Program, which enables employees from diverse backgrounds to advance their professional growth and career development.)
James McGee, Senior Compliance Officer with Colonial Savings F.A., Fort Worth, Texas, works closely with the bank's business partners, providing insight into regulatory and legal requirements impacting their daily activities and ensuring adequate controls are in place to mitigate compliance risks.
McGee serves on Colonial's Diversity and Inclusion Committee and has served on the Compliance Department's Communication and Engagement Committee. In addition, he is Colonial's representative to Junior Achievement of Fort Worth, the Chamber of Commerce and other non-profit organizations in Tarrant County. He is working toward the MBA Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager designation and intends to participate in the MBA Future Leaders Program in 2019.
MBA INSIGHTS: How did you hear about the Path to Diversity program?
JAMES McGEE, COLONIAL SAVINGS: I watched the video shared by the Mortgage Bankers Association where Tony Thompson shared his experience. (Editor's note: Tony Thompson, CMB, is founder and CEO of the National Association of Minority Mortgage Bankers of America (NAMMBA), an MBA partner and a national trade association dedicated to enrichment and betterment of minorities and women who work in the mortgage industry. The video can be viewed at https://www.mba.org/get-involved/stay-connected/mba-video-main-page/mba-now/tony-thompson-diversity-and-inclusion-scholarships.)
INSIGHTS: What inspired you to get more involved?
McGEE: I am lifelong learner and welcome any opportunity to help positively influence my career growth.
INSIGHTS: Did you find the application process to be easy?
McGEE: Yes, I found the application process to be quite simple and easy to navigate throughout.
INSIGHTS: Have you had a mentor or mentors who encouraged/supported you?
McGEE: Yes, I have Richard Harvey and Robert Turner, Colonial Senior Vice President and Vice President of Compliance, respectively, to serve as mentors.
INSIGHTS: How has the Path to Diversity scholarship benefited you, personally and professionally?
McGEE: I used the 2017 scholarship to pursue my MBA Certified Mortgage Compliance Professional Designation. By all accounts being awarded these scholarships has afforded me the immense opportunity to acquire additional industry knowledge that aligns with the trajectory of my career path.
INSIGHTS: What have you been able to bring back to your company as a result of the Path to Diversity program?
McGEE: I have encouraged more than 15 fellow employees to apply for the Path to Diversity Scholarship.
INSIGHTS: What would you say to someone considering applying for a Path to Diversity scholarship?
McGEE: I would strongly encourage them to apply and share this opportunity with family and colleagues.
About the MBA Path to Diversity Scholarship Program
The Path to Diversity Scholarship Program recognizes existing industry professionals who are seeking to advance their careers through continuing education. Recipients receive a voucher to cover course registration fees, up to a maximum of $2,000, for popular MBA Education courses and designation programs. This education opportunity enables employees from diverse backgrounds to advance their professional growth and career development.
MBA recognizes that a strong, responsible and sustainable real estate finance industry requires a workforce that is reflective of our society at large.
For more information about the Path to Diversity Scholarship Program, click https://www.mba.org/conferences-and-education/mba-education/path-to-diversity.