Testimonials – BU Law Certification

Student Testimonials

Hear from current and former students about how the Certificate in Financial Services Compliance has positively impacted their professional career.

Sonia Desai

As the Head of Compliance for International Offices at Charles Schwab in San Francisco, CA, Sonia Desai is often required to do a high level of interpretation of law. In order to better meet these growing demands of her position, she knew she needed to pursue a professional credential that would provide her with knowledge of and insight to legal foundations surrounding financial services. She found exactly what she was searching for in the online Financial Services Compliance certificate program from BU Law.

“From banking compliance to financial services structures, I have really appreciated the foundation behind what I have learned in the program,” says Desai. “Even though I have been in the field a long time, it’s still enlightening for me to have the understanding of the law and policy behind the work I do. By the professors directing us to review specific legal cases and regulations and to then utilize them to direct our own work, I now have valuable information and strategies that have caused me to view my role in compliance in a whole new light. It has shifted my view from just the business side of things to now include the legal side.”

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David Lamorte

David M. Lamorte has had a long tenure in financial services and currently serves as the Assistant Vice President, Life Operations for AAA/Auto Club Group at their main office in Dearborn, MI. As he sought to expand the horizon of his professional future, he discovered the online Financial Services Compliance certificate program from BU Law offered a rewarding opportunity to refine existing skills while gaining critical new skills and insight to broaden his career potential.

Now, as a graduate of the program, he confidently credits the content and faculty of the program for making himself more effective and marketable. “The program provided the most up-to-date information in regulatory compliance,” says Lamorte. “I was able to take advantage of the practical application of the content immediately in my day-to-day work. Because of the high quality of the courses, I have become a strong contributor in compliance-based issues in my current employment.”

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Tracey L. Johnson-Kidd

Having worked at various financial institutions for the past 17 years, Tracey L. Johnson-Kidd has seen that compliance professionals must be able to adapt quickly to the changing landscape. Johnson-Kidd, Vice President of Compliance & Legal Operations at Sottile & Barile in Cincinnati, OH decided to pursue the Certificate in Financial Services Compliance because the industry is constantly changing and she was looking for an opportunity to show her dedication to the study of compliance and help expand her diverse skillset.

As a recent graduate of the program, Johnson-Kidd has received positive response to earning the 100% online professional credential. “Since I added the program to my professional network, I receive regular contact from companies and recruiters from across the country regarding compliance roles,” she says. “Employers are impressed and want to hear more about the program.” Johnson-Kidd believes that the program can provide valuable insight into the greater compliance industry for both those starting out in the field as well as for professionals looking to advance. “The program allows you to learn about other career pathways that perhaps you had not considered,” she says.

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