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Celebrating Black History Month: Mo Badmus

February 2024

In honor of Black History Month, we’d like to introduce you to ESL employee Mo Badmus, a Universal Banker and Notary Public, who has built a unique career for herself in and outside of ESL.

Meet Mo Badmus, Universal Banker, Notary Public

Mo Badmus

Tell us about your career journey at ESL?

I joined ESL In December of 2021 not long after I got back from military training. I have always known I wanted to work in the financial industry, and while I had gained experience working in customer service, I didn’t have banking experience. So, I started looking at jobs on LinkedIn and I came across the Universal Banker position. I applied and interviewed and the rest they say is history.

What do you like most about ESL?

Everything! But more specifically how much ESL does in the community and how much we give back through the ESL Charitable Foundation. I also really like the people I work with. Another deciding factor in my applying to work at ESL was the actual job post and what it said, “great place to work for millennial women.”

What serves as an inspiration to you at work and in your personal life?

Honestly the joy that comes from helping people and seeing how that little act of kindness makes them happy and relieved. Sometimes when I help an elderly member that really doesn’t understand technology and I explain it to them in “layman terms” you can just almost always see the weight of worry being lifted off their shoulders.

What career advice would you like to share with others?

Find something you’re really good at, that makes you happy and keep at it. This is advice that has worked really well for me in the career choice I have made.

During our planning for this Q&A, you mentioned that you were going on military leave. Tell us more about that...

I am a specialist in the Army National Guard, and I am a Petroleum Supply Specialist. My motivation for joining the military I’d say is partly due to my desire to help people however I can, and to also challenge myself. I also have family members who have served, and they used to share stories of their time in service. That made me even more interested in joining the military.

For you, why is it important to recognize Black History Month?

It is important to recognize Black history because it is American History. I think that part of recognizing Black history is recognizing the accomplishments and resilience of a people despite hardships that they faced. It serves as motivation for the younger generation (me included) to strive to be better and to leave the world a better place for the people coming after us.

What are some of your favorite hobbies?

I absolutely love to travel, read books, and try out cuisine from different cultures.