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Black women who manage billions of dollars break down the microaggressions they've faced while excelling in highly demanding jobs

Black women who manage billions of dollars break down the microaggressions they've faced while excelling in highly demanding jobs

From left: Kim Lew, president and CEO of the Columbia Investment Management Company; Dekia Scott, CIO of Southern Company; Tina Byles Williams, CEO, CIO, and founder of Xponance; and Michaela Edwards, partner and portfolio manager at Capricorn Investment Group.
Columbia Investment Management Company; Southern Company; Xponance; Capricorn Investment Group; Samantha Lee/Insider





Dekia Scott oversees $24.5 billion in assets as the CIO for energy company Southern Company.







Tina Byles Williams is the founder, CEO, and CIO of Philadelphia-based money manager Xponance.




Both women revealed microaggressions they've faced in a predominantly white, male field.




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From subtle yet incessant expectations to explain their qualifications to being undermined in their roles, Black female executives in the world of institutional asset management are constantly reminded that they are one of a few in a predominantly white, male field, according to several women who shared their experiences with Insider. Take Dekia Scott, the chief investment officer of Atlanta-based energy company Southern Company, who oversees around $24.5 billion in retirement assets as well as money in trusts, foundations, and other asset pools for the firm. Scott, one of 8 Black women in high-powered asset management roles who spoke with Insider about their experiences and shared advice for up-and-comers in the industry, said the microaggressions she has experienced in her career have mostly been in external-facing duties, while working with professionals trying to sell investment funds to her.
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