“Learn from each experience and become a role model”
Halisi Wolf joined Union Bank® in 2004 as the Manager of University Relations. Reflecting on her own challenges with the job search experience as a college student helped her to relate and engage with diverse candidates. Now, more than 17 years later with the bank, she takes pride in the legacy she has built and the “great working relationships and connections developed along the way.” However, her path wasn’t always easy nor set, and it is her vision, strength and tenacity that has kept her successfully moving forward.
Halisi is adept at being a trailblazer. From her days of being a first-generation college student at the University of Cincinnati where she was active in establishing resources and support for students, to navigating from being a College Recruiter to stepping into and elevating undefined Human Resources roles at the bank and now developing a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging team at her daughters’ elementary school. Halisi is a true pioneer and the receipts she’s collected along the way assisting others have strengthened her leadership roles in helping to combat unconscious bias.
Like many Black women, growing up, she did not have one specific role model. Instead she pieced together stories and influences over the years into a single vision that reflected whom she aspired to become. These influences came from family members, high school and college friends, teachers, Sorors - including Phylicia Rashad and Vice President Kamala Harris from her beloved Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, as well as Oprah Winfrey and First Lady Michelle Obama. Today, Halisi’s accomplishments make her a role model for Union Bank employees and all Americans.
As the Talent Development Consultant on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) team, she works to educate colleagues at all levels on the important role they play in creating a safe and inclusive work environment where everyone belongs. “My goal is to empower and encourage every employee to show up as their authentic selves. The work of each and every colleague is hard enough – it should not be layered with challenges that have to do with who we are as people.”