Before finding her current position, Nicole Poteat was unsure there was a career in finance that would allow her to truly bring her full self to the table.
Stephanie Sandberg is a fan of bringing your whole self to the lunch table, or anywhere. “There’s so much energy that is consumed by not saying the things you are thinking,” she says. So right up front when she was at a business lunch and someone would ask what her husband does, she would blurt out early that she was with a woman. “It helped ease the conversation and provided me a sense of wholeness,” she says, in urging young gay people to be open with their reality.
“Be a horse with blinders on,” recommended Laura Raymond’s dad, who had had a successful 40-year career in banking. It didn’t take long in Raymond’s career to learn the wisdom of that—to tune out the constant distractions and focus on the task at hand, rather than letting the highs and lows get in your way.
As a coach, many clients come to me because they are somewhat dissatisfied at work. Often they have been happy for years and a new structure or a new job in the firm has made them question if they should leave the team or even the firm.
Advocate for yourself and know your value; don’t sell yourself short, Wendy Cohen advises other associates.