Mona-Lisa Chandler

Mona-Lisa Chandler
Administrative Professional

Education: Diploma, Beach Channel High School
Company Name: S&P Global
Industry: Ratings, Commodities, Data Analytics, Technology
Company CEO: Douglas L. Peterson
Company Headquarters Location: New York, New York
Number of Employees: 23,000 globally
Who is your personal hero? My personal hero is my mother
What book are you reading? Becoming by Michelle Obama
What was your first job: My first job was at the law firm of Eisner & Lubin
Favorite charity: Grace Institute; World Central Kitchen
Interests: Reading, dancing, photography, and volunteering
Family: Married 32 years to Steven; sons: Xavier, 26, and Zane-Charles, 20

It Truly Takes a Village

COVID-19 has negatively impacted the black, brown, and Native American communities at a very high rate. Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we give back and provide support. Supporting your community can be done in several ways. You can serve on a community board, volunteer in a school, or serve in a food pantry or at an afterschool program.

I have chosen to give back by utilizing S&P Global’s signature employee volunteer program, leveraging our core capabilities to address the needs of society. These efforts promote sustainability; elevate people through science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills; and support women entrepreneurs.

One project which helped to elevate people was hosting A Day with Grace with the women from Grace Institute. The programming consisted of a panel of women leaders at S&P; a workshop to help attendees with their resumes, and LinkedIn profiles; and providing a professional headshot they could use. This opportunity provided the women with insights into a corporate setting and the confidence to help them reach their potential.

Volunteering as a mentor in the Read Ahead program has been a pleasure. Read Ahead is a reading- based mentoring program that develops essential social-emotional skills for academic and lifelong success. Along with a co-mentor, I’ve had the opportunity to help a student enjoy the world of books and reading. Education is important and I pursued and was elected to serve on the Citywide Council on High Schools, Queens High School Presidents Council, and held several positions on PTA boards from elementary through high school level.

At S&P Global, I’ve been able to contribute to several groups, including BOLD (Black Organization for Leadership and Development), WINS (Women’s Initiative for Networking and Success), and the APB (Administrative Professionals Board). Each of these groups has been instrumental in my professional growth and development. I currently serve as co-president of BOLD, and I am proud to work at an organization which puts their people first. These employee resource groups exist to elevate, enhance, and provide leadership opportunities. I encourage everyone to find out how they can give back and serve our communities. It truly takes a village.