What advice would you give your younger self?
I’d tell myself that it’s good to jump in and give everything a go, even when I don’t think I’m “qualified”—at least in the context of work. When it comes to snowboarding, I’d say the exact opposite, and gently suggest to my younger self that taking on a black run as a complete beginner is not a good idea.
What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
Leaving fantastic jobs on three different occasions to travel the world without a plan. On paper, it probably sounds like a bad move in terms of career progression, yet each time I arrived home feeling humbled but wiser—and energized by a new opportunity that presented itself along the way.
If you weren’t doing your current job, what would you be doing and why?
I’ve always thought I’d like to be an art dealer. I’d get to spend time immersing myself in a world of amazing paintings and sculptures, and the work is still a mix of creative, new business and client relationships: my favorite things!
What should the industry do to encourage more women and people of color into its ranks?
It’s obvious to everyone at this stage that passively writing “we’re an equal opportunity employer” isn’t doing much, so every organization must have a proactive strategy with defined targets and measurable outcomes, which is owned at a senior level. Of course, each business is different and elements of those strategies will vary, but I believe one essential pillar is supporting a culture of allyship, and this means ongoing education at every level.