Sanya Rizvi

Member Spotlight

Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.

Like most within Ellevate, I strongly support the livelihood of women in business and our community. I believe that women have much to offer both of these social structures. However, I am also keenly aware of the struggles female professionals face when balancing their professional and family life. Indeed, I have come to realize that the working woman, by necessity, must be a paragon of industry and strength. As the co-president of our NYC chapter, I am committed to our collective efforts to learn from, grow with, and contribute to our empowered community.

How would you define your professional mission?

Over time I have learned that strong mentorship is critical. My role in the financial services industry requires that I concurrently develop and support talent within my team, while ensuring a high quality outcome. By providing professional mentorship and guidance, the natural consequence is that so-called high quality outcome. This is not always easy, but it has become a philosophy that has fueled success in my professional life.

What qualities does it take for someone to be successful in your line of work?

Grit, which I loosely define as a person’s ability to endure, coupled with an open mind and kindness makes everything happen.

What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?

I am most proud of the moments when I can help an employee navigate through personal hardship, while excelling with her professional success.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Helping my employees achieve both professional and personal goals.

What legacy do you hope to leave through your work?

I strive to create positive transgenerational change that propagates through my employees and clients. Spoken plainly, I believe strong ethics, decency, and performance can be inherited by all those that experience it.

Who are your role models?

Eleanor Roosevelt, Helen Keller, My Mother.

What is the best career advice you ever received?

The most valuable commodity a person has is their time and attention. Always be aware of how these two resources are being spent.

What is one piece of advice you’d offer working moms?

Stay balanced and don’t be afraid to ask for help from your girl squad!

Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?

I am fond of the fabulous women I meet every week! I am honored by the caliber, character, and talent of our members and guest speakers. One particular moment I cherish was shared with Jennefer Witter. She delivered a thought-provoking talk about unconscious bias. It’s a difficult subject, but her knowledge and courage to engage openly, was eye opening and memorable.  

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