Zoe is a financial services professional specializing in the Retirement industry, For over 20 years, she has been a female corporate traveler, flying around a lot trying to get consultants and other financial services firms to talk to her about putting investment solutions on their “platform”…their short list so to speak. She has no business being in the financial services industry as she has a B.A. in Russian and an M.A. in Government. When she took microeconomics at Wharton, the T/A (Tushi-san) asked her to stay after class whereupon he gave her a small Japanese tea set and offered to give her the final in advance. She still only got a C.
But, as with many things in life, connections and luck landed her the dynamic and self-imposed pressure world of investment management. Since 1993, she has worked at two Wall Street firms and one real estate investment firm (the latter is her current employer). In her roles, she has traveled extensively and, as a female corporate traveler, has learned many tricks to making travel fun (or at least funny) and has many road stories that offer insights into human behavior and attitudes. And countless stories that offer little insight into anything but hopefully entertain.
She is married to someone who also travels regularly, admittedly much better than she does. While everything bothers her, nothing bothers him. He doesn’t micro-manage his seat assignment, he doesn’t strategize on how to be the first one on the plane, nor does he buy food and water on the chance that he will be trapped on the tarmac for 8 hours without basic necessities. She does all these things, and more.
She has two children, a daughter who will go anywhere, anytime and a son who won’t leave home. She did not home school her children nor did it ever cross her mind to do this. She’s an outsourcer extraordinaire.
Point of Departure is a forum for women to share work stories, particularly stories involving traveling – but not exclusively. Since traveling has so many components to it, it will most likely serve as the hub topic, but feel free to “spoke” out here and there as we delve into the non-work parts of work and offer basic survival strategies, particularly related to the female corporate executive.