Vanessa Knowles King
Country Manager/Country Chief Operating Officer, Credit Suisse AG, Nassau Branch
Education: Bachelor of Business Administration, Emory University, (2002); Chartered Financial Analyst designation
The Lyford Cay Foundation helped provide the opportunity for me to attend the university of my choice, which prepared me to join a top tier financial services firm and begin a fulfilling professional career.
Although I lived abroad for more than10 years, I always knew I would return to the Bahamas. The objective of my time abroad was to gain as much experience as I could and then use that experience for the benefit of the country in some way. I now find that from a career perspective, I am more challenged than ever after having returned home and have grown tremendously both personally and professionally since my return.
I would encourage current scholars to immerse themselves in their educational and professional experiences abroad, but to remain grounded and be cognisant of giving back to the country that helped take them to the heights they have achieved thus far. There are always opportunities to give back, to share knowledge, to inspire, to participate in the dialogue that shapes the hearts and minds of the next generation of successful Bahamians, and we as former scholars have an obligation to ensure this happens.
I believe that education truly is the key to resolving many of the issues we are faced with in the Bahamas today. The Foundation has had an immeasurable impact on the country by providing an avenue for young persons to pursue tertiary education, who may not have been able to do. This is sharpening some of the brightest minds in the country and developing our future leaders. The Foundation and its generosity to deserving students is even more relevant today and plays an important role in providing opportunities at a critical point in their development.