Keri-Leigh Manning – Leading with Courage

KERI-LEIGH Manning believes that no one has ever made history by playing it safe, and that being bold is the only way to achieve greatness. As the newly appointed assistant vice-president – treasury at Sagicor Bank Jamaica, Manning is pleased when she reflects on the moments during her professional career when her courage led her to making big strides.

“In moments when I’ve felt uncertain or doubtful, the quote that has always resonated with me is, ‘In the absence of confidence, let courage lead the way’. Reminding myself of this has allowed me to launch many times when I did not believe I could,” Manning shared with All Woman from her new office at Sagicor Bank’s Dominica Drive, New Kingston headquarters.

“In the final analysis, it is always clear that it is not our ability that hinders us, but the shackles we create within our mental space,” she continued profoundly.

In the new role, Manning will oversee the management of Sagicor Bank’s balance sheet by developing strategies to improve liquidity, manage foreign currency and interest rate exposures. She shared that, ironically, she has found herself at the pinnacle of the ‘bank manager’ career that she used to imagine her mother — an educator — was dressing up for while she was growing up.

“I was always intrigued watching my mother getting dressed, and I would comment how much she looked like a bank manager no matter her outfit selection,” Manning shared. “From an early age, it seemed this was my subliminal career choice.”

Although she also explored the sciences and arts to expand her career options while at Glenmuir High School, where her father was principal and her mother taught economics, Manning had an innate affinity and aptitude for the business subjects, and she excelled in them up to the CAPE level.

“As destiny would have it, I matriculated to The University of West Indies in the Faculty of Social Science where I was selected to be a part of the small group that pioneered the Bachelor of Science in Banking and Finance degree programme,” she recalled.

That group graduated in 2005, and Manning landed her first role as a customer service representative with renowned investment house Dehring, Bunting & Golding Ltd (DB&G) within a week of graduation.

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