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Food: Fried Chicken
Quote: Lead, Follow Or Get Out Of The Way.
Season: Fall
Vacation Destination: Barbados
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New York, New York United States
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Interview Date: 05/04/2017

Basketball player and financial advisor Gail A. Marquis was born on February 18, 1954 in New York, New York. Marquis earned her B.A. degree in education and psychology from the City University of New York, Queens College in 1977. She later received her M.B.A. degree from the University of Phoenix in 2006.

Marquis was a two-time all American at Queens College. In the 1972-1973 season, the Queens College women’s basketball team made history as the first women’s squad to be inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame. In 1976, she was selected to go to the Summer Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada as a member of the U.S. women’s basketball team. This was the first year that women’s basketball was included in the Summer Olympic Games, and the U.S. team took home the silver medal. The following year, Marquis played at the World University Games in Sofia, Bulgaria for the United States, where the U.S. team received a silver medal. After she retired from basketball, Marquis began working in the financial industry. She became the vice president of information technology and retirement plans at UBS Group AG in 1986, and stayed with the company until 2000. She also worked as a broadcaster for the American Basketball League in 1996, and the National Basketball Association. Following her departure from UBS, Marquis joined Merrill Lynch as a financial advisor, a position she remained in until 2003. The following year, she was hired as vice president of sales and marketing at JP Morgan and Chase. In 2007, Marquis was hired by Element Financial Group as its vice president of sports, entertainment, and fashion. She also founded her own consulting company, G-Marquis: Global Financial Services in 2012.

Marquis was involved with a variety of nonprofit organizations, including the Women’s Sports Foundation, Dress for Success Worldwide, and PowerPlay NYC. Marquis also served as the director of community outreach at the Interns School of Business at New Jersey City University. She was inducted into the Queens College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.

Gail A. Marquis was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on May 4, 2017.

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