I spent more than two decades working in the male-dominated field of financial services. Despite the challenges I have encountered as a woman, I have been able to develop strategies to build relationships, deliver bottom-line results, become a trusted advisor, and ask for what I want, whether it was compensation or new opportunities. While I'm passionate about helping people discover their life goals and make career transitions, it's my own journey and day-to-day business experience that uniquely positions me to guide others to be the best versions of themselves professionally and personally.
When we are bored or unhappy at work, how do we change it up without jeopardizing our career?
Even when you love your job and are fully engaged in your career, life and deadlines at work can get in the way. Nothing keeps us from being our best, most productive selves in our jobs more than being disinterested, overwhelmed, or unchallenged. And, considering how much time we spend at work, being happy matters.
There was an unspoken rule that my role was to hold down the fort when everyone else was building relationships with clients on the golf course. At first, I rolled with the punches—women typically didn’t conduct business that way. At events and tournaments, women were mostly relegated to volunteering at the promotional tent or signing in participants. But one summer, I wasn’t willing to miss client engagement opportunities anymore. Plus, I saw myself as an athlete, so I learned the rules of the game and began to perfect my golf swing.
After decades struggling to overcome her uniqueness, this 45-year-old woman is embracing it, including her Indian heritage and being out as a gay woman. And she’s never been happier.
From the time I was a child, whatever I lacked in financial resources and opportunity, I made up for with hard work, drive, and a winning smile. And that worked for much of my life—I excelled at basketball, demonstrated the values of my Indian heritage that my parents had instilled in me, put myself through college, and landed opportunities in financial services—from Amish country to Wall Street—that were worthy of all my ambition. I was succeeding, but I was holding myself back because I was keeping a huge secret from co-workers, friends, and loved ones. I was hiding my sexual orientation, and it was taking up so much mental and emotional energy that I was, at times, perceived as aloof and disconnected by leaders and colleagues, despite my passion and enthusiasm for my career.
Learning to trust yourself is a lifelong challenge for so many women, especially in the work environment. AmitaMehta helped Working Mother Media tackle the topic, sharing her journey from Ugandan refugee to financial services executive, building relationships along the way based on authenticity and honesty.