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Aug. 7, 2017

Getting to Know the Richmond Fed

An elevator ‘selfie’ of a scavenger hunt group led by Fed employee Rocio Rosa and Fed intern Bruce Reid.

By Ellie Manspile

Recently, our Bank hosted an event for Richmond-area interns to get to know more about who we are and what we do at the Richmond Fed.

This scavenger hunt group, led by Fed employee Emily Wavering (middle), explores the Fed Experience for answers.

The “Getting to Know the Richmond Fed” event brought together Bank representatives and nearly 60 YRichmond participants, who represented more than 10 local businesses. YRichmond is a program of ChamberRVA that helps recruit new talent to Richmond by connecting interns and newly hired associates to the Richmond region and one another. Throughout the summer, groups of interns from companies such as Snag-a-Job, Altria, UNOS and our Bank participate in events including Segway tours and CEO lunches.

Our chief operating officer and interim president Mark Mullinix kicked off the event by sharing about the work we do at the Fed, the importance of networking and his own career journey.

“I hope you find something that gets you up each morning and that you’re excited about it,” he advised. “Take the opportunity to meet new people, have face-to-face conversations and if you don’t have a mentor, find one.”

The evening concluded with an EconEd activity led by Renee Haltom (far right) and Selena Carr.

Participants then competed in a group scavenger hunt to get a “behind-the-scenes” look at our Bank. Each scavenger hunt team was led by a Fed intern and current employee—some of whom were once interns themselves. They answered questions and learned about Fed history, the art collection, important functional operations, and what it’s like to work here by touring various public spaces within the building.

One intern from Pfizer commented, “I never thought I’d get to set foot inside the Fed!” It was a memorable evening for many of the college students who attended.

The evening concluded with participants testing their Fed knowledge through an interactive myth-busting activity with our Fed Ambassadors, highlighting the role our Bank plays in both the economy and people’s everyday lives.

“It’s important to tell our story as the next generation of young professionals enters the workplace,” says Kelley McCall, Community Engagement manager, who helped organize the event. “It allows us to educate others about the Fed’s role in the economy, and it helps build a positive public impression of our Bank.”

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Did You Know?

Time Magazine recently ranked Richmond second on the list of The 25 Cities Where Millennials are Moving. Six other cities in our Bank’s district also made the Time Magazine list, including Baltimore and Charlotte, making the Fifth District a great place for young professionals to work.