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The National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP) is the premier organization that helps Blacks, ethnic minorities, and women achieve inclusion in the financial services industry.

Advocating for Diversity

NASP was founded in Chicago in 1985 by Maynard H. Jackson, Felicia Flowers-Smith, Joyce M. Johnson & Donald Davidson. From a core group of 44 people in attendance at NASP’s first organizational meeting in 1985, the organization has grown to become a resource for diverse professionals within the securities and investments industry. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., NASP currently has 11 local chapters throughout the United States and boasts a membership of over 500.

NASP Chicago Executive Leadership

DeAnna Ingram Jones


Mike S. Brooks

Vice President

James Dominguez


Anton Britton


Become a Member

NASP is a great way to connect with industry leaders, develop and strengthen business relationships and attend educational symposiums. The NASP network consists of expert individuals representing a variety of areas and professions within the financial services industry. Stay abreast of the changing landscape through insightful discussions with leaders at large companies and emerging firms. Network with investment staff including CIO’s and other decision-makers such as trustees and elected officials.

You will have access to events held by NASP’s eleven chapters located in major financial centers with forums for sharing your expertise, expressing your professional opinion, and building your reputation within the industry. Membership also includes access to Career Openings, Membership Newsletter and E-Blasts Announcing RFP’s and other business opportunities, White Papers, and other resources.

Upcoming Events

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NASP Chicago Celebrates its 2024 Trailblazing Women in Finance Honorees

Left to Right: Sidney Dillard, Stephanie Braming, The Honorable Melissa Conyears-Ervin, Elois Sprolls Joseph, Kristin Finney Cooke, Tiffany Junkins, Jamie-Clair Flaherty, Adela Cepeda, Connie L. Lindsey, Farzin A. Khan, Samantha Grant, Valerie King, Jacquelyn Price-Ward and Kari Steele (note pictured: Andrea Zopp, Gennell Jefferson. Kourtney Gibson, Nicole Johnson and Priya Parish)

Chicago, Illinois – On April 11, 2024, NASP Chicago celebrated their 2024 Trailblazing Women Honorees during the 2nd Annual Trailblazing Women in Finance Honoree Luncheon at the Old Post Office in downtown Chicago. The breakfast, which had close to 300 attendees, recognized twenty women who are not only trailblazers in their careers but have used (and continue to use) their platforms to advocate for diversity and inclusion in financial services.

Kelly Chesney, Founder of Pluscios Management, LLC and the luncheon’s Co-Chair, gave opening remarks congratulating all the honorees and mentioning the event used all women-owned businesses as vendors for the luncheon. NASP Chicago President, DeAnna Ingram Jones kicked off the awards ceremony discussing the origins of NASP, which was founded in Chicago in January 1985 under the leadership of the Honorable Mayor Maynard Jackson, the first Black mayor of Atlanta and the first Black mayor of any major southern city. In lieu of acceptance speeches, remarks for each honoree were given by people who have been impacted by their commitment to diversity and inclusion. NASP Chair-Elect, Kila D. Weaver gave closing remarks, with a call to action for support for the upcoming NASP conference which will be held June 10-12, 2024, in Atlanta, GA.

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NASP FAST Track Fellowship Program

The Chicago Fast Track program is a rigorous 5-year fellowship program that exposes students to the financial services industry through a financial literacy curriculum and summer internships. Students interact with mentors and other financial services professionals and focus on developing skills in two key areas: financial aptitude and career/personal development. If you are interested in ECONOMICS, FINANCE, ACCOUNTING, MATH, ENTREPRENEURSHIP, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS, REAL ESTATE or BANKING as a CAREER choice and hoping for a career in the financial sector, PLEASE APPLY!!!!

Applicants must meet the following qualifications:

- Be a 12th-grade high school student who plans on attending an institute of higher education (2 or 4-year college)

- Be a Chicago resident and be from a low or moderate-income family

- Possess analytical and quantitative skills

- Maintain a 3.0 GPA while a FAST Track Fellow

- Actively participate in all FAST Track programming

- Demonstrate an interest in a career in finance or business

Deadline to submit your application is March 29, 2024

Application Closes

May 10th

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