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Carlos Calderon

Finance Manager at State Street Global Advisors

Carlos Calderon attended North High School while living off of Hooper Street in Worcester, Mass. While working as a mechanic he didn’t graduate with his class, and so decided to take a few classes at Quinsigamond Community College to complete his remaining requirements and receive his diploma.

At QCC, Mr. Calderon’s professors questioned his attitude and dedication, forcing him to realize the potential that existed, and ultimately challenging him to do better. He graduated with associate degrees in liberal arts and business administration with honors. He also got involved on campus joining the student senate and other student organizations.

His professors encouraged him to further his education, and he attended the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. “Growing up in Worcester it can be easy to lose the ambition of moving ahead, but when I attended UMass, it opened up new horizons, challenges, and options. Although the world felt bigger; it never felt so possible. I was of the first generation in my family to attend college, so I didn’t have business networks or mentors within my family, but I was luckily recruited by a few different firms,” Mr. Calderon said. “Quinsigamond was where things first turned around for me; I could have followed a very different path.”

Mr. Calderon began working in Boston for BNY Mellon Wealth Management in a corporate finance capacity, delivering strategic decision support as a Financial Controller, and then given a four-year transaction assignment in Miami, where he worked on a key restructuring initiative for the firm. About 18 months ago, Mr. Calderon moved back to Boston, taking on a new opportunity with State Street Global Advisors, as global Financial Manager of Strategy, and business line controller of the Investment Management division.

Mr. Calderon has been involved with the Diversity Council of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and ALPFA, serving on the Executive Committee of the Boston chapter for the nation’s largest Latino professional’s organization. The organization mentors young professionals and offers scholarships and career internships.

He also does presentations for at-risk youth in Worcester about the importance of pursuing a career and adjusting their attitudes to take advantage of opportunities that could change their lives.
“QCC offered me that opportunity, but you have to rise to meet the challenge and work hard to change your path in life,” he said.