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Posted 11.20.06

Weatherheadlines recently met with Bashirat Yinusa, MSM-OR '06 to talk about working for KeyBank, how Weatherhead prepared her for her job, and the importance of networking.

Q: What is your current title and position?
I am an Associate in the Interest Rate Derivatives Marketing area of KeyBank’s Capital Markets Group. We work with the bank’s corporate and high net worth clients to provide interest rate derivative advice/products to help them manage interest rate risk exposures. My job involves preparing pitch materials, spreadsheet analysis, macro-economic analysis, deal structuring, compliance documentation, capital structure analysis (financial statement analysis), calls with clients and other lines of business within the Bank, and supporting other marketers on the desk – among other things.

Q: Where are you originally from? From which school was your undergraduate degree awarded?
I am a Nigerian. I obtained my undergrad degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

Q: What brought you to Weatherhead?
The Operations Department is globally recognized as having the very first doctorate program in Operations Research.  With the department being house in the management school, I decided to attend Weatherhead for my masters degree program.

Q: With regards to your Weatherhead coursework and/or concentration, how has it been relevant to your current position?
My Weatherhead coursework and concentration have been very relevant to my current position.  I work in the capital markets arena, and the knowledge I obtained from the “Options & Futures”, “Fixed Income”, “Mathematical Finance”, “Risk Management”, “Managerial Economics”, “Financial Management” and “Corporate Finance” classes have been extremely useful.

Q: What is your favorite Weatherhead memory?
The 2005 Weatherheadless Ball!

Q: Do you have any advice for current Weatherhead students?
Do not underestimate the power of networking – as you go about working hard to assimilate all that material, make time to network with your classmates and get to know each other better. Everyone is (or has/knows) a potential solution to someone else’s problem.

Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
Listening to music! I also enjoy dancing, traveling and reading (I read almost everything :).

Q: What is your favorite season in Cleveland and why?
I love spring! Because life starts anew, reminding me that all of us have the opportunity to make a fresh start.

Q: What is your favorite Cleveland-area restaurant? Any recommendations?
The Sunset Lounge on West 9th – wonderful food if you like sushi and seafood.

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