Paying it Forward
Like most young kids growing up, I wanted to be a teacher, then a doctor, then a lawyer, then a movie star. Yet, somehow, I didn’t pursue any of those professions. Instead I became a financial advisor. I’d be lying if I said that being a financial advisor was my dream job, but now that I am one, I couldn’t be happier. It truly is the perfect career for me. Not only does my profession allow me to provide financial security and peace of mind to my clients, but it also allows me to be a mom—the most important job of all.
My parents always knew that whatever I did with my life, I would be successful at it. In fact, my dad would often remind me, “Your future is so bright you need bigger sunglasses!” Failure was never, and is still not, an option for me. In addition to being a three-sport athlete, I also had many jobs throughout high school that shaped me into the businesswoman and leader I am today.
Mentorship has also been paramount to my development as a financial advisor. It’s not an easy business to navigate, especially as a woman. I was, and still am, very fortunate to have several mentors who have helped pave the way for me. They encourage me to take risks, they challenge my doubt, and most important, they believe in me. Now, I am paying it forward as president of the Women’s Association of Financial Advisors at RBC Wealth Management. I mentor many female financial advisors and help them achieve success. But the most important mentoring role I play is to my children. I want them to be kind to others, confident in themselves, and above all else, happy.
I believe that in life you need to be both lucky and good—lucky enough to meet the right people and good enough to seize every opportunity that comes your way. Recently, RBC Wealth Management promoted me to director of its Princeton, New Jersey, branch. One of only a few female branch directors in the financial services industry, I was honored, and of course, couldn’t say no.
Life is a constant balancing act. I am incredibly grateful to have a one-of-a-kind husband, and together we just make it work. It’s not always easy, and sometimes my life resembles a three-ring circus, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!