Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.
I am an executive coach for high performing leaders. I have sat in their seat! I spent eighteen years in international investment banking at leading global financial firms. I spent my early years at Salomon Brothers in international fixed income and capital markets roles in New York and London, and then at J.P. Morgan Emerging Markets based in New York, London and Hong Kong. I then became a Managing Director at Barclays Capital in Hong Kong running Sales and Research for the Asia-Pacific region. After returning to New York, I was one of the original founders of The Rohatyn Group, a leading Emerging Markets hedge fund, where I co-ran marketing and helped develop from start-up to a successful investment firm with over $2 billion in assets under management. So I have sat in the seat of most of my clients — fast paced, stressed, work/life imbalance, striving to fin day authentic leadership voice! Executive coaching will be my career forever.
What qualities does it take for someone to be successful in your line of work?
Listen, listen listen. Its not about you. Its only about them. Put aside your own biases. Build trust. Warmth, Ability to judge when best to hold the mirror up to them so they can recognize the impact they may be having on others. Smart, business experience. Coaching skills get you far but truly understanding their business goals, no matter what the industry, can take you to the next level.
What is it about your job that makes you feel it’s the right fit for you?
Freedom to choose my own clients and work as much or as little as I care to. Learning — I am always learning. There is no way to get bored. Each client brings their own story, strengths, over exercised strength. Help them develop the self awareness, awareness of others and build tools to become an even higher performing leader is never the same.
Who are your role models?
Sheryl Sandberg. Bill and Melinda Gates. My three children.
What is your morning ritual?
Coffee, green juice, coffee, work out... sometimes.
Is work-life balance a problem for you? What is one no-fail tactic you use to create balance?
First and foremost , gratitude; be grateful you have such a full life. Don't whine about it. Secondly, no fail tactic, make your own personal energy model — what do you have to do that gives you energy, what do you have to do that drains energy, what do you not do that gives you energy (start doing!) and of course what are you doing that you don't need to do that drains your energy (stop doing it now!). It's amazing how many things fall into the latter. Get rid if them. Use this in life, and in work.
What advice would you offer future leading ladies wishing to break into your industry?
If you can truly listen and put aside your own biases you can be a great coach.
What is one piece of advice you’d offer working moms?
You can have it all, just not at the same time — so just keep working. Don't disengage.