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Entrepreneurship

Kori Hale is CEO of Culture Banx, a company that's redefining business news for minorities.

Hale joined Cheddar in October 2016 from CNBC, where she was a producer of its top-rated shows “Squawk on the Street” and “Squawk Alley.” Prior to joining CNBC, Kori was an international producer for Bloomberg TV and a financial correspondent for TheStreet.com.

She previously worked at UBS Investment Bank in London and also as an investment banker for Goldman Sachs.

Hale received her undergraduate degree in finance from Hampton University and a masters degree in digital broadcast journalism from Syracuse University. She is a board member for Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts.

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Key take aways from Kori:

  • I’m grateful for being at the place where I’m able to create the life I want for myself. There is no other company doing what we’re able to do at CultureBanx, and for some reason God thought that I would be the right person to create this business news content.  I’m very grateful that this has been placed in my lap, for me to carry this torch.
  • Starting out in investment banking helped to set me up for success. I came into the industry in 2007, just to have the bottom fall out in 2008.
  • As a young black woman living abroad, these were really tough times.  I thought there was no industry that was harder, and then I went into media.
  • In media it was even harder to make it, with less diversity in terms of ethnicity, educational background and economic status.
  • I realized that a lot of people in the media industry are from privileged backgrounds.  Everything that’s going out into the world is all very skewed, being told from the point of view of individuals with the bias of not having had any struggles in life and not knowing another way.
  • I found success in the fact that I was always able to adapt and roll with the punches when I needed to.  I was able to stand out, create and innovate.
  • Your net worth is as big as your network.
  • I actually put on the first Black History Month event ever at CNBC in its 25-year history.
  • I was the first black woman to anchor a daily news show.  This was great news but it was also disheartening because it took until 2016 for this to happen.
  • The sky isn’t the limit, it’s just the view!
  • The calling for what I really wanted to do when I left Goldman Sachs was to be a reflection for minorities in high-level business news, and I wasn’t having the impact that I wanted to while at my day job. That’s when I knew I needed to step away from my day job and focus on building my own media company.
  • CultureBanxis a media company with a culturally attuned lens.  It is the perfect amalgamation between Bloomberg and Black Enterprise, using a cultural perspective while putting out business news content.

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