Learning to Lead Episode #14: Don Belt

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Episode #14: Don Belt



Donald M. Belt is the Chief Investment Officer for Hefren-Tillotson and serves on the firm’s Board of Directors. Mr. Belt is responsible for developing investment strategies and security research, impacting over $8 billion in client assets. In addition, he supervises Hefren-Tillotson Asset Management, a division of Hefren-Tillotson providing wealth management solutions for high net worth individuals and institutions.

Mr. Belt is a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder (CFA®) and a graduate of the Securities Industry Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. He received an MBA with a Finance concentration from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics at Allegheny College. Mr. Belt is a member of the Association for Investment Management and Research, the Pittsburgh Society of Financial Analysts, and serves on the Board of Directors of Serving Leaders.

Don and his wife Lisa have three children – Donald, Maxwell, and Gwyneth. Outside of the office, Don enjoys golf, fly fishing, and other outdoor activities.


Tell us about yourself, your family, your passions, and your position at Hefron Tilitson.

Personal Leadership:

Walk us through your leadership journey . . . did you always aspire to be a leader wherever you were? How did you learn leadership? Did someone teach you?

Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader? Maybe some one who has been a mentor to you? Why and how did this person impact your life?

What are you doing and what have you done to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?

How do you structure your days and your life so that you are as productive as possible?

Could you talk about one or two of your greatest leadership failures? What did you learn from them?

What advice would you give to leaders when it comes to failure and making mistakes?

You’re an executive with a family, how do you balance life and work?

Can you talk for a minute about how your faith effects your life and what you’re actively doing outside of your career to make an impact on our community for the Kingdom?

Hefron Tilitson

I’ve heard a lot about how great the culture is at Hefron. Can you talk about what makes it so great?

What did the Leadership at Hefron do to create this culture and what do they continue to do to sustain it?

You’re a CIO. A lot of young leaders aspire to positions that have a “C” in them. Can you talk about your journey to becoming the Chief Financial Officer?

In your leadership experience, what have you learned about building a great team?

As you build and develop your team, what characteristics do you look for in the people that you promote and want to keep on your team? What can young leaders do to stand out from their peers?

What financial advice do you have for young professionals?

Is there any other advice you’d give when it comes to organizational leadership?

Closing Questions:

What do you want your legacy to be?

What books have you read that have made a great impact on you that you would recommend?

Where is Don Belt in 15 years?

If you could give any advice you wanted to young leaders, what would it be?

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