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June 15, 2021 67 min

It is an absolute pleasure to welcome Cecile Munoz In The Suite for this episode. Cecile has been the the Founder and President of U.S Executive Search & Consulting for over 28 years, and a show host of the ‘Ends with Z’ podcast.

Cecile has been an entrepreneur since the age of 11,  when she built her first pop-up concession stand during movies in her backyard in a very rural hometown. With over 28 years of experience in financial services, she’s one of a very small group of executive search firms owned and run by minority women working specifically with Wall Street investment firms. 

Cecile is fascinated by numbers and understanding the deepest emotions and exploring the depth of human capital and compassion.  She’s committed to empowering everyone, and especially women from minority groups and challenged backgrounds. She believes that if women want to experience freedom and the variety of life, “they better know their money.” 

In today’s episode, Cecile gives a refreshing and transparent narrative about how her experience as a Hispanic woman inspired her to create an executive search company that’s helping advisory firms redefine what leadership looks like, especially post-pandemic.  

She is a motivated, courageous, and a glass-half-full person who wants to channel her difficult experiences toward a positive future. The power of her words and example is something we all need to remember:  “We become our own limitations of what’s possible” she says. 

Join the conversation to hear about:

  • Welcome, Cecile! 
  • About the company and why she chose this industry (3:48)
  • Her first customers (08:50)
  • How she responded to a stereotyping comment (10:00)
  • How can women amass money effectively (15:25)
  • Where Cecile’s strength comes from (17:00)
  • Cecile on her divorce (21.55) 
  • The gift of the pandemic (27:00)
  • How are women in the financial services industry dealing with the pandemic (30:35)
  • Advice women interviewing (38:00)
  • When should one seek the expertise and help of a recruiter? (43:48)
  • Ballroom dancing impact on personal and professional life (51:10)
  • Referenced Material:
    -Cecile Munoz Twitter
    -Cecile Munoz LinkedIn
    -U.S. Executive Search & Consulting
    -RIA Biz
    -Adapting Your Leadership Style with Cecile Munoz
    -Adapting Your Leadership Style to Meet the Current Times
    -Ends with Z Podcast
    -Ron Okubo & Cecile Munoz Ballroom Dance
    -Cecile Munoz Dances at USDC Finals Nationals 2017
    -Top RIA Business Executive Recruiter Hosts Event in a New York ballroom for second-guessing themselves
    -U.S. Executive Search Munoz
    -Bureau of Labor Statistics

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