What advice are you giving the up and coming professional women in your line of work nowadays who really look up to you and what you've done in your career?
I wrote a whole chapter on the book in this about quitting and my message, which I think is a little bit hard for people to digest initially, but that the first five years of doing anything that's worth doing, and this particularly applies to difficult careers like investment banking, is that it is a bit shit! And it's not because you're doing it wrong or you're doing the wrong work, it's because these things are complicated and there is no perfect way of doing it.
You have to find your own authentic and impactful way of doing these really different jobs and that is just a process that takes a lot of time. And so my message is to stay, and to find the other parts in your life, your other dials, whether it's yoga, relationships, traveling, food, whatever it is, that help you get through that time.
It's not about sucking it up or suffering, but it is about appreciating that this isn't going to happen overnight, but what happens over five, ten, twenty years (and I've been in the industry for 20 years now) that what is waiting for you at the end of it is really worth it. So my message is to stay, but to make that time enjoyable by bringing lots of other things into your life as well.
What's your relationship with fashion?
I honestly would like not to have to think about it too much! I just want to feel like a slightly enhanced version of me. I don't like shopping in shops, I like shopping online. I know what I'm looking for, and when I find it, I buy it in multiple colours and in multiple versions, and that's the gap in my wardrobe filled. It’s all about investment pieces.