LaToya J. Finney, PMP
Director,?Technology of Corporate Financial Systems
Apollo Global Management LLC
New York, N.Y.
LaToya Finney chose golf for the last credit she needed for her bachelor?s degree in computer information systems at Long Island University-C.W. Post campus. Tiger Woods was making headlines at the time.
Golf remains a big part of Finney?s life, even as she fulfills her role as a director in Technology for Corporate Financial Systems at Apollo Global Management LLC. ?The principles of golf are ubiquitous in life,? she remarks. Her private firm, In-18, uses golf as a professional development tool. She is a founding member of Black Jewels Ladies Golf Association for women of color; founder of the youth-oriented, nonprofit Finer Life Golf Foundation; director of events for the New York City chapter of the Executive Women?s Golf Association; and the current technology chair for the Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
Finney obtained a master?s degree in computer science at Polytechnic University and certifications in project management. She almost abandoned technology as an undergrad. ?My classmates were exposed to computers for most of their lives; I was not. ?It seemed like no matter how much I studied I would never catch up to their experience. I was discouraged. It was too hard to see the finish line,? she confesses. Donald Mann, who repaired the computers on campus, and a professor who really wanted her to succeed kept her going. ?[Mann] spoke to me at the right moment,? Finney recalls.
At Barclays, she became a founding member of Women in Technology. ?When I began my career, I was oblivious to the inequity women faced in technology and career advancement.? she admits. ?A network of individuals with aligned interests is a tremendous resource and leads to success.?
Finney supports the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and finds time to dance at church. ?I can?t sing, but I can dance,? she says.