Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.
Hi, I'm Natalie Levy. After years spent navigating male-dominated workplaces from derivatives trading to tech sales and investing, struggling to find mentorship and opportunities for advancement into leadership, I transitioned into a fractional sales executive with a startup focused around promoting gender equity in the workplace and beyond through offering mentorship & high-value skill development to support our future women and women-identified attain leadership roles.
Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?
I've been working with an incredible woman, Deb Boulanger, who is coaching and mentoring me to level up my business and she couldn't say enough great things about Ellevate.
How would you define your professional mission?
To pave a real path to gender equity in the workplace and beyond. To live authentically and find our aligned path in work and in life. To show others what women are capable of on an executive level. To mentor and inspire other women and diverse talent.
What qualities does it take for someone to be successful in your line of work?
Perseverance, confidence, and a growth mindset are required to both build a business and make an impact in the corporate world.
What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?
Every promotion and raise are memorable.
Inspiring and influencing others - often men - to show what a young woman was capable of is something that I'm proud of.
Standing up in the face of workplace inequalities and harassment is something I would do again, and again. Standing up for ourselves and for those who come after us is extremely important.
What are some career challenges on your radar?
Mentorship for women and women-identified in (and outside of) the workplace is high on my radar today.
Additionally, skill development around areas critical for growth and leadership from mindset and professional confidence to skills in sales and negotiation.
What project have you worked on that you’re most proud of? Why?
Launching She's Independent.
It's in memory to my mom, who we lost to suicide months before I launched this mission-driven business.
It's standing up for every "no" and every #metoo moment I experienced in 15 years as a professional.
It's honoring those strong women who came before me and me laying the groundwork and adding to the foundation for those yet to come.
We’d love to hear more about your career path. What led you to where you are today?
I spent my lifetime navigating male-dominated environments to fighting to get a seat at the table in advanced mathematics in grade school, to engineering and mathematics grad courses as an undergrad, to a derivatives trading seat on wall street (HR wanted me in sales), to ultimately transitioning into various roles that were more aligned with me, yet continued to drive my professional growth. I was a self-taught tech sales professional becoming the #1 producer across a team of hundreds, transitioned to tougher roles to get a stake in various businesses with equity and to challenge myself professionally. Finally, I've transitioned to create a lifestyle and professional path of my choosing. I'm a sales executive, investor, and business owner creating real impact through my work.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Seeing the new-found confidence in individuals I work with. Hearing them tell me that they have learned how to use their voices, figure out what they want, and demonstrate new skills that create more opportunity in and out of the workplace.
What legacy do you hope to leave through your work?
Informing others of the importance of balance, mental health, and alignment, and not just succeeding professionally. Additionally, a legacy of making real impact in areas of gender equity in and out of the workplace.
Who are your role models?
Growing up I always thought it was my dad. He was so bright - a phD at 24 - and kept up with professional work into his late 60s. Now having lost my mom, I realize how much of an influence she was to me. Direct, strong-willed, smart, and a woman who used her voice.
What would you say your personal superpower is?
Given the growth and self-awareness I've developed out of multiple traumas in our family, I would say I often tap into my superpower of knowing what I need in the moment. Acting is another thing altogether, but I listen and tap in more frequently, and do often listen to those needs.
What does success look like to you?
Success is living a fulfilling life. It's appreciation, doing something with impact, and enjoyment and laughter. Professional success to me is finding a role that allows you to navigate your superpower, where you get some level of fulfillment from your job, and the role is in alignment with the life path you want to take.
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