HLAA Webinar: Networking with Hearing Loss

August 30, 2021 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Join by computer or mobile device.

Navigating the workplace can be challenging for people with hearing loss. In this webinar, panelists from SMBC will discuss how to effectively network with hearing loss, how best to differentiate yourselves to stand out to employers when applying to jobs, and how to navigate networking after beginning the job. The panelists will also share more about career opportunities at SMBC.


Date: August 30, 2021

Time: 5 p.m. ET, 4 p.m. CT, 3 p.m. MT, 2 p.m. PT



Kunal Mahajan has been in the investment banking field for 13 years within the leveraged finance industry. He joined SMBC in the Americas in 2017 in their Leveraged Finance Group and is also part of their corporate development team. As a lifelong person with a stuttering disability. Kunal founded SMBC’s Mental Health, Neurodiversity, and Disabilities Enterprise Resource Group called UNIQUE in June 2019. He co-chairs this employee resource group and helps to lead many activities through UNIQUE along with the support of SMBC management and SMBC employees from all over North America and Latin America.

Carolyn Lewerenz

Carolyn Lewerenz has worked in financial services in New York City for more than 20 years with various roles in operations management, client services and IT. Carolyn joined JRIA, the IT division of SMBC, in 2019 and works in their data management group.

kumar viswanathan

Kumar Viswanathan has worked in financial services for more than 10 years in the areas of regulatory reporting, risk management and enterprise information management. Kumar joined the regulatory reporting team in the controllers division of SMBC in 2020.

Ann Lee

Ann Lee has worked in the finance services field for more than seven years with various roles in the commercial loan operations and regulatory reporting. She joined SMBC’s regulatory reporting group in the controller division in 2018.

daniela ortiz

Daniela Ortiz Castaneda has worked in the financial services for more than five years in the Latin American corporate and North American project finance areas. Daniela joined SMBC’s portfolio management division in 2019.

Helpful Hints and Tutorials

  • Registration is required for this event. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
  • Use a computer. If possible, attend the meeting on a computer rather than via a smartphone or iPad. This will give you the best layout to view the captions as well as other meeting features.

  • Captions. HLAA webinars are open or closed captioned. Subtitles will be visible at the bottom of the meeting Zoom screen.
  • Check your time zone. This meeting will take place live at 5 p.m. ET, 4 p.m. CT, 3 MT and 2 p.m. PT. You should make note of your time zone so you do not miss the meeting.

NOTE: HLAA does not offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for participation in our webinars.

Questions? Feel free to email us at webinars@hearingloss.org.