This article on Meet Three Motivated Women Who Made the Most of Their MBAs was written by Forté.
Every woman, no matter where she is in her career, deserves a strong female role model. Forté, a nonprofit organization working toward gender equity in the workplace, selected three talented women to highlight for Women’s History Month. Find out how these MBAs built successful careers in the finance industry.
Timicka Anderson, Citi
Timicka Anderson grew up in Florida, and after studying chemical engineering as an undergrad, she earned her MBA at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. She says, “The MBA placed me in a position to be where I wanted to be and learn what I wanted to learn. As a natural problem solver who thinks in processes, engineering gave me a foundation, and the MBA enhanced my core business skills.”
Today, Timicka heads up the Consumer Retail & Healthcare industry team, US Commercial Bank, Global and National Industries at Citi. During her nearly 20 years at Citi, she came to recognize the importance of client relationships. One thing she has learned: “Everyone is a client. I try to understand the needs of everyone I work with and then marry that with what I have to offer.” Read more about Timicka Anderson.
Jean Greene, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Jean Greene was an undergrad at Wellesley College when some older students introduced her to the idea of a career in investment banking. That inspired her to pursue her MBA at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. She says, “I had an amazing time at business school – it was like filling in the blanks of things I had learned on the job and didn’t understand.” From there, she landed at Lazard, where she primarily served clients in the “industrials” sector.
Jean believes investment banking offers great opportunities for women to develop professionally and be major contributors. She says, “M&A is hugely rewarding, and we want women to serve our clients. Many of our clients have women in the C-suite and on their Boards so there is both a business need and a benefit to having diversity of thought.” Jean’s career is still on the rise. In December, 2019, she left Lazard to become Managing Director, Mergers & Acquisitions at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Read more about Jean Greene.
Charlotte “Charlie” Burnett, J.P. Morgan Private Bank
Charlie Burnett is from North Carolina, and she attended Wake Forest University on an ROTC scholarship. She majored in political science and international affairs, planning to become a lawyer. After four years in the U.S. Army, she decided that instead of law school, she wanted to get an MBA at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. “I came across an article about the ROI of an MBA,” she says, “so it was a value decision” to attend business school.
Having built a women’s mentorship program at Fort Bragg, she went on to become president of the Carolina Women in Business group. She believes it’s important for young women to have women business leaders as role models. Today, Charlie is an associate at J.P. Morgan Private Bank, where she continues to work toward gender equity. For her the MBA was not only a fast-track to leadership, but it also gave her, as she says, “a new language that is so important to the world we live in.” Read more about Charlie Burnett.
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