Since the early 1900’s, International Women’s Day has been observed throughout the world, inspiring women and celebrating their achievements. ‘Make It Happen’ is the 2015 theme, encouraging effective action for advancing and recognizing women. In honor of this, First Republic Bank would like to share the inspiring perspectives of some of our exceptional female clients.
Jessamyn Davis began her career at L.E.K. Consulting as a strategy consultant, before going to business school at UCLA Anderson. In 2006 she joined Corridor Capital as an associate, where she would go on to work in all aspects of the business from cold calling targets, to transaction diligence and portfolio management. Today she serves as the Group CFO, leading internal finance and investor relations as well as portfolio company accounting and financial management.
1. What accomplishment are you most proud of?
From a career perspective, I take great pride in building Corridor Capital from the 3-person operation with 1 portfolio company we were in 2006 to the institution we are today with a clear set of beliefs and values around collaborative, operationally active investing in middle market companies.
Personally, I am most proud of my two kids, Jack (6) and Layla (3). Juggling a full time career and a lovely young family is an art that I practice every day. My highest priority in life is showing up for my children when they need me and far outpaces anything else I will do in terms of lasting impact.
2. If you could turn the clock back to when you were starting your career, what advice would you give yourself?
If I could do anything differently, I would seek out an international post before I started a family. There is a brief period in most of our lives when we can prioritize adventure and risk taking over all else. If I could go back, I would push myself to take advantage of the diverse opportunities that are available with an international firm like L.E.K.
3. Who has been a role model to you in your life/career and why?
I have two role models in my career. One is Sue St. Sure at L.E.K. Sue was the first female executive that I ever worked with. I admire her for maintaining the confidence to be honestly herself and feminine while also being a leader intellectually and managerially. Sue never emulates her male colleagues to gain respect or power. She has her own style that is equally effective.
My other role model is my current boss, Craig Enenstein. Craig pushes me every day to move outside my comfort zone and to keep growing. I admire the way Craig looks for an opportunity in every situation. His positive energy propels our organization forward year after year.
4. This year's theme for International Women's Day is 'Make it Happen', encouraging effective action for advancing and recognizing women. What do you think is the most important action a woman can take in her life to meet her own vision for success?
The most important action a woman can take to ensure her success is to build a personal life that is compatible with her professional goals. With the right partnership and support from family and friends any combination of personal and professional goals is possible.
5. What would you like your legacy to be?
I would like to impart to young women that success should be measured individually based on the lifestyle that brings you joy and not the expectations of peers, families and mentors.