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EPISODE 20 – Tadia James, Managing Partner, Aligned Generation
Tadia James is the Managing Partner at Aligned Generation. Tadia shares the rules of power which have helped her excel in the financial industry, where women or people of color manage less than 2% of global assets.
In this episode, you will learn:
- How Tadia has consciously built her career
- How her jobs at JPMorgan and Gingerbread Capital led her to start her own company
- The three pillars Aligned Generation advises and develops startups within
- How her story speaks to issues of women and underrepresented minorities
- What she focused on to gain visibility when she was often the youngest and only woman and person of color in the room
- How she gets out of her own way and shows up in ways that convey power
- The discipline necessary to help achieve goals
- The things done to acquire visibility while at Stanford Business School
- Being clear on using time intentionally
- The considerations of time and opportunity costs in attending graduate school
- Advice to students regarding making use of opportunities available on campus
- Why she started her own firm
- The joy of helping founders, entrepreneurs, and capital investors
- What the process of ‘gassing’ herself up before public appearances looks like
Special note: In this episode Ms. James is referring to Amy Cuddy's TED Talk, "Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are." This talk was given at TEDGlobal in 2012.
Bridge-Builder, VC Investor, and Strategist, Tadia is the Managing Partner at ALIGNED GENERATION, a strategic consulting agency on a mission to accelerate and scale the impact of investors and startups building a more equitable and balanced society.
Current Focus: Addressing the racial wealth gap.
Tadia started her career in finance at the JP Morgan Corporate & Investment Bank in various positions including: Sales Strategy, Product Management, and Cybersecurity Threat Intelligence. She also taught financial literacy to inner-city youth in NYC at the DREAM Organization for 5 years where she led the development of the DREAM Scholarship Fund. Tadia went on to become an early employee at Gingerbread Capital, a family office venture capital fund that invests in female founders and female fund managers at the seed stage and beyond.
An avid tech investor and startup advisor, Tadia is known for her ability to bring big visions to life through disciplined business execution and strong partnerships. Featured in “Forbes” and “31 under 31: The Future of Venture Capital”, she has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of Florida and an MBA from Stanford.
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