Women in Finance Awards Q&A: Michele Hillery, DTCC
Michele Hillery, Managing Director in the Equity Clearing Product Management Group at DTCC, won Excellence in Clearing at Markets Media’s 2019 Women in Finance Awards.
Which mentor(s) have helped you most in your career, and how?
I’m extremely fortunate to have had excellent mentors throughout my career who encouraged me and helped me to have the confidence to be the ‘face’ of the result, rather than a ‘behind-the-scenes’ support actor. As women play an increasingly prominent role as leaders in the industry, we must pay it forward and mentor the next generation of women and other underrepresented groups to help them reach their potential and shape the markets in the years to come.
How important is it to recognize women in financial services?
Women in financial services have historically been underrepresented, but as firms understand the value that diversity brings to corporate culture and to the bottom line, more and more women are succeeding and growing in financial services careers. It is important for us to celebrate our achievements and, even more importantly, to set examples and provide inspiration and support for the incredible women who will come behind us.
What is your advice for women considering or just starting financial careers?
For women who are early in their careers, I would encourage them not to wait for interesting work to come to them. Go out and look for something that stretches your curiosity, grab it and then give it your full energy and passion to deliver a solution you can be proud of. Look for projects that push you outside of your comfort zone , as those experiences will allow you to most effectively broaden your skillset and capabilities.
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