Kenya Walker was new to the mining industry when she joined Coeur’s Treasury team in a temp-to-hire position in May 2015. Kenya has advanced in her career and responsibilities and currently serves as Coeur’s Treasury Operations Lead based out of our corporate headquarters in Chicago.
The Treasury team is responsible for many different areas of our business including metal sales for all the material we produce, treasury operations, insurance and capital markets just to name a few. Kenya is currently transitioning from metal sales to a treasury operations role, allowing her the opportunity to learn new parts of the business and focus on “what she loves.”
Q: You were previously working in the insurance industry. How did you find yourself working for a mining company?
A: Honestly, I never saw myself in the mining industry. I stumbled across this job, and I was very skeptical at first, but it ended up being a great decision. There are a lot of misconceptions about mining when in fact it’s a very fascinating industry. I never realized how important mining is until I started working for Coeur and learning about our industry from my colleagues. The metals that we mine are used in the devices we use every day, so mining is extremely important.
Q: What is it like working for Coeur?
A: I recently completed my MBA and at my graduate school there was a sign in neon lights that said, “Why are you here and not somewhere else?” When I ask myself that question about Coeur, I am here because of my values. My values are tied to my motivation and Coeur and the Treasury team continue to motivate me.
I value fairness, equity, honesty and representation. I also value work-life balance, flexibility, growth, and making a difference. Coeur hits these important factors.
As long as I have been a part of Coeur, I feel as though I have always been treated fairly and with respect. It doesn’t matter what your title is, from the CEO to a junior analyst, we are all treated with respect.
In terms of representation, Coeur is working to add more diversity to the team. Although Coeur is not 100% there yet, they are implementing solutions instead of just stating a pledge like some other companies.
I also love that Coeur is very big on mental health and work-life balance. I value emotional stability and Coeur gives us the flexibility to balance everything outside of work.
Coeur is very supportive of its employees. Through Coeur’s tuition reimbursement program, I was able to pursue my MBA and graduate from my dream school. I am forever grateful for Coeur’s support throughout my MBA journey.
Q: Any advice you would give to someone considering joining Coeur?
A: My advice to someone considering joining the mining industry or Coeur more specifically is to just go for it! I didn’t have any experience in mining prior to joining Coeur nor did I think I would ever be in the mining industry when I was an undergrad, but I still took a leap of faith and went for it.
I am always learning something new and evolving so it never gets boring. Joining Coeur was one of the best decisions I ever made for my career!
A little bit more about Kenya:
Kenya holds Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance from Roosevelt University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Additionally, Kenya is a co-owner of two businesses, a board member of a non-profit organization dedicated to ending poverty and unemployment in underprivileged communities and serves as the financial administrator for her church.