In celebration of Women’s History Month, SPS faculty members answered the question, What career advice would you give to women in your field, or women hoping to break into your field?
Even in the most difficult moments, focus on your goal of breaking into the industry and lean on your support system. There are more female allies in sports than you may think! Don't allow self-doubt to overshadow your capabilities.- Jackie Bartolomeo, Sports Management
Remember your roots, write your own story, and always be confident!- Marianna Belyavskiy, Enterprise Risk Management
My career advice is to be authentic, embrace your individuality and own who you are. I learned this from observing a former boss who was Chief Compliance Officer at first Citigroup and then JPMorgan. She would refer to herself as “Cindy from Bensonhurst.”- Penny Cagan, Enterprise Risk Management
Women can do everything they put their mind to. Finding good mentors and allies are crucial for a successful career. Create a network of other female scientists that can support and give you advice, that has really helped to keep me balanced through the years. Plus it has the bonus of leading to interesting collaborations with other women on your field and beyond.- Suzana Camargo, Ph.D., Sustainability Science
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Even if you believe that you are the only person who does not know the answer, ask the question anyway. Wealth Management professionals love to use acronyms; if you don’t know what the acronym stands for, speak up and ask.- Gail Cohen, Wealth Management
Pursue a career that plays to your strengths and energizes you. Cultivate strong relationships, take calculated risks, and accept that most of the time career paths are not linear.- Violet Diamant, Enterprise Risk Management
Know what you enjoy doing and assume the mindset of a person doing it. If you know what you enjoy, there will be many ways to do it and the only thing that will prevent it is your own mind.- La-Verna Fountain, Construction Administration
The word networking is thrown around casually and seems easy, but networking is hard! Introducing yourself to strangers is uncomfortable but can be invaluable. Find the time to connect with a few people each week, and make sure to follow up in a few months to check-in and provide updates. It sometimes takes months or years to build a relationship, so don't give up."- Laurajean Holmgren, Sports Management
Find your passion, then translate that passion into your purpose, and focus that purpose on doing something that matters to make your mark on the world. If you live a life of consequences, you will accept a lot of nonsense. But if you live a life of purpose, you will make your mark on the world.- Patti Ippoliti, Ph.D., Enterprise Risk Management
If you want to do it, do it, and do it your way, even if it looks like nobody else is doing it like that. Sure, there might be people who don’t like it. But with so many challenges in the world, and the potential of science to help address them, we need everyone on deck, with all their variety of ways of doing things!- Einat Lev, Ph.D., Sustainability Science
The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.- Grace Lin, Construction Administration
Women make great financial advisors. Embrace your strengths and help all of your clients to do the same. Women see financial planning and its power in unique ways, which is of high importance and value. Invest like a woman!- Meghaan R. Lurtz, Ph.D., Wealth Management
Female leaders do not need to adapt to the style of a man. Women can and often do lead differently than men, and their approach can be quite effective. Mimicking anyone else's style of leadership dilutes your genuineness, as well as your unique traits that allow you to best connect with your team. Here's to celebrating women - and genuine female leadership - not just this month, but throughout the year!- Tonya Manning, Actuarial Science
Believe in yourself, don't take no for an answer, and find people or a network that can help you with tough questions.- Diahanna L. Post, Ph.D., Applied Analytics
With each challenge presented, you look for opportunity, and with each ambiguity, you adapt to the situation.- Helda Rock, Enterprise Risk Management
Although women represent just 15-20% of all financial advisors, our empathy, intuitiveness, and listening skills are helping to create positive change and reshape the industry. We see past stock market-only conversations and include important conversations identifying client’s specific financial goals that give life meaning. We have a strong desire to help clients reach their goals and shape a more equitable future for all. We encourage more women to join us in this field that has flexibility, empowers others through financial literacy, and makes an impact on clients' lives.
Throughout the pandemic, women continue to pivot and adapt to unforeseen events. We often lead and manage households taking on a disproportionate share of raising and educating children while working and sometimes helping with caregiving for aging relatives. We are strong, adaptive, creative and resilient. These skills are what make women intuitive financial advisors and our career provides flexibility to wear all these important hats simultaneously. During the pandemic, we adopted lifestyle changes, saved more, taught others to do the same and persevered.- Berit Suba, Wealth Management
The sports industry thrives on innovation, so forget about what’s already been done. Everyone else wants to follow 'traditional' paths, so plot your own creative course or be willing and ready to walk into unchartered territories or roles that you never dreamed of."Pamela Wheeler, Sports Management
Believe in yourself, remain undefeated. Forge ahead as no effort goes wasted.- Gemini Yadav, Enterprise Risk Management
As women, working hard, dedication and continuous learning is often a given. A skill that is rare but learned is emotional intelligence! Learn to read your audience, adapt your message to navigate difficult conversations!- Saba Zahid, Enterprise Risk Management
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