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Financial Services Through An Attorney’s Perspective With Emma Rodriguez-Ayala (Ep. 24)


About the Episode:

Financial Services Through An Attorney’s Perspective With Emma Rodriguez-Ayala

Emma Rodriguez-Ayala wanted to be an attorney from a young age. It’s no surprise then that she leads Ariel Investments as its General Counsel. In this episode, Emma discusses working in the financial services industry, as well as diversity and inclusion, how philanthropy fits into the big picture, and how she got to be where she is today. 


Emma Discusses:
• DEI Initiatives and Financial Literacy
• Working in Financial Services as an Attorney
• How having diverse vendors can strengthen your client relationships


About Our Guest(s):

Emma is an accomplished investment management professional, board director, community leader and speaker. She is Ariel’s Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, overseeing the administrative functions of legal, compliance, governance, investment operations, and technology, as well as risk oversight for all the firm’s entities, including Ariel Distributors, Ariel Investment Trust and Ariel’s private funds. She is also a member of Ariel’s Operating Committee and serves as Secretary to the firm’s board of directors and the mutual fund’s board of trustees. Prior to joining Ariel in 2023, Emma was the General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Board Secretary of LGIM America, the U.S. arm of the 6th largest asset manager globally. There, she was also a member of the U.S. Executive Committee and the Global Senior Leadership Team. She also served in the DEI Council for Legal & General Group, a U.K. publicly listed company.


About Our Host:
Melissa Carter trains entrepreneurs, business owners, corporate execs, and home-based professionals to reach their fullest potential. Melissa has appeared on radio, television, podcasts, and in print throughout the nation, and has served as a speaker for many corporate and charitable events to discuss the benefits of using media as part of their business strategy.


As a member of morning radio shows for nearly 20 years, Melissa could be heard on 99X, Q100, and B98.5 in Atlanta. She also served as a Co-Host on Westwood One’s “Radio with a Twist." For these media efforts, Melissa was awarded the Atlanta Dream/SunTrust Inspiring Woman Award, the HRC Community Leadership Award, and the CHRIS Kids Kyle Anderson Service to Youth Award.


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