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PSS Summer '13

Parallels

Mehrnaz Vahid-Ahdieh ’85

Managing Director, Global Market Manager, Citibank; Majored in Economics and Sociology at William Smith

1. What advice would you give women trying to break into finance? Be confidant and APPLY! The financial industry needs more of us.

2. What qualities do you need to be successful in your business? Strong client relationship management, passion for doing the right thing, knowledgeable about the global economy.

3. How has being a woman impacted your career aspirations? As Hillary Clinton once said “I had to try twice as hard to be thought half as good.” By believing in myself, I have easily overcome those challenges.

4. What’s your best financial advice? Start saving and investing early in your life.

5. What gives you a competitive edge? I am passionate about what I do.

6. What’s the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome? Guilt from not being at home enough.

7. What motivates you? My family, my colleagues and my clients.

8. What quality do you most value in your friends? Trustworthiness.

9. If you could start college over and study any subject, what would it be? Economics.

10. What’s your proudest achievement? My daughter!

Cat Gorman ’15

First sophomore from HWS accepted as a J.P. Morgan Intern, Asset Management Risk Department; Majoring in Economics; Member of the Lacrosse Team

1. What advice would you give women trying to break into finance? Be persistent and do not take no for an answer.

2. What qualities do you need to be successful in your business? Competitive, hardworking, dedicated, good communication skills, and good teamwork ability.

3. How has being a woman impacted your career aspirations? I want to become more successful than the majority, or all of, the males in this industry to help prove the capabilities of women.

4. What’s your best financial advice? Save now, spend later.

5. What gives you a competitive edge? Being an athlete.

6. What’s the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome? Working three jobs while being a full time student-athlete.

7. What motivates you? Success motivates me.

8. What quality do you most value in your friends? Loyalty and kindness.

9. If you could start college over and study any subject, what would it be? Economics.

10. What’s your proudest achievement? The internship with J.P. Morgan.