What do you do and why?
I am an Executive Director at Santander Global Corporate Banking. Truth be told, I kind of just fell into the profession of finance after graduation. In my profession, I help Fortune 500 companies with their working capital management and other treasury requirements, such as liquidity, transaction banking, FX, payments, receivables, and supply chain finance.
My profession enables me to appreciate the connectivity of businesses around the globe and, especially since the financial crash of 2008, the importance for corporations to have a solid view of their global positioning.
What change would you like to enact in the world?
I would like to see a world in which everyone has the same opportunity to be successful. Background and origin should not dictate the chance of one’s success, and it should never be based on who you know or who knows you.
Through my platform as the Chairwoman of the Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries Young Professional Committee, I support the mission of helping individuals with barriers to self-sufficiency achieve independence and dignity through work. I hope one day we can see that everyone feels empower to pursue their dreams with equal opportunity to succeed.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
Besides my love for tennis and travel, I used to belong to a dance team sponsored by Nike Singapore. For years we were only allowed to dress in Nike gear as part of the contract. Not that any one of us was complaining but looking back it’s rather funny we were all afraid to be caught “cheating on Nike” when we were not wearing the brand. Also, I was the only dancer who was able to eat six bagels in a sitting. Definitely not the diet Nike endorsed.
Why did you join IVY?
The question should be why not? IVY enables me to meet the most interesting and inspiring members that share the same view of making the world a better place. I never would have gotten the chance to engage with this very talented pool of individuals if not for IVY. I especially enjoy all the different events/programs that not only stimulate but also challenge our minds.
What has been your most memorable IVY Experience?
My most memorable IVY Experience is actually meeting Jessie Stettin, our IVY Boston City Lead. Despite having hundreds of members, Jessie makes sure each one of us feels special, and he never fails to connect us to events we are interested in or with members he thinks will benefit our personal and professional growth. He makes my experience at IVY a special one.