What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
After my senior year in college, I headed to Wall Street as an analyst. Three months later, Black Monday 1987 happened. I survived by finding the smartest banker at the firm and with his encouragement and my curiosity, I learned all about structuring municipal bonds to finance public facilities like schools and roads. When the market came back, I was the only analyst in my new class trained and first in line to be assigned to the largest client. I share this as a lesson to young professionals: Look for opportunity in adversity.
What experience or inﬂuence has helped you lead through uncertain situations?
I believe in the value of T-skills, the idea that the vertical bar represents depth in a certain expertise and the horizontal bar represents the ability to collaborate with experts in other areas and apply knowledge broadly, not just in your own field. I like to think of it as professional Pilates – if you have a strong core and if people can see those foundational skills, they think you can be good in many areas.
The pandemic impacted us all tremendously. What stood out to you during the crisis?
The pandemic coincided with my impending empty nester status, and also led to getting the requisite two COVID puppies! We all began to rethink and challenge our notions of how we work and live, and how the lines blurred. I appreciated the extra time with young adult children, and we took the opportunity as a family to move from Potomac, Maryland, to Los Angeles. Although I missed the human connection for many months, I also want to maintain a healthy work-life balance. I find that some flexibility enables you to focus your thinking on what’s possible and gives you the space to rejuvenate, connect and innovate.
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How have the latest innovations in technology, life science and health care changed your perspective on the growth of the innovation economy in the next ﬁve years?
The innovation economy is where you want to be. From fintech to life science to environmental sustainability to frontier tech (robotics, space and more), visionaries are developing bold ideas that will positively impact our lives. The pandemic demonstrated the power of innovation and commitment as startups and legacy companies alike instantly turned to making lifesaving vaccines and PPEs and retooling supply chains to distribute food and essentials for fighting the virus. From my vantage point at SVB, I see an increasingly interdependent world that requires a strong commitment to collaboration to meet the heady challenges we now face.
The innovation economy is also a significant source of wealth creation, and our goal at Silicon Valley Bank is to deliver solutions tailored to the unique needs of founders/ executives, investors, influencers and thought leaders, and provide insights, access and investment opportunities that our competitors cannot match.