Women tend to think that the most important thing is to put your head down and get the work done. Senior colleagues will recognize your contributions. That is true, but it is also important to put yourself out there—to create opportunities and build relationships outside your firm or company. For example, whether you like public speaking or not, give it a go.
Stretch yourself in ways that make you feel uncomfortable, and you might be pleasantly surprised by what you can do. After all, when I was growing up in the desert of Australia, I surely did not think I would enjoy a career on Wall Street.
On the Importance of Role Models and Mentors
My most important role models are my mother who devoted her life to education by serving as headmistress of an independent school with over 1,000 girls in Australia, and Frank Morison, a former managing partner of our firm, whose grace and character inspired me.
On Facing Challenges
My biggest challenge has been raising my three children, whilst working full time, with my parents living on the other side of the world.
Sarah’s Advice to Young Women Starting Careers
History is on our side. Go for it!