I grew up south of Seattle in Kent, WA, but have been in SF ~12 years and lived in Southeast Asia ~3 years before that.
I was a designer at Microsoft. Before tech, I was a chocolatier fine dining pastry chef.
It's something I could have used when I was early in career—it could have changed my wealth story dramatically. Besides that, fintech appeals to me because people will always have money problems; why not try to solve them with a rad, energized team?
I'm a child of immigrants and a woman, which has led to a lot of "save, don't spend money you don't have" type of advice. It's decent, but limited. I love giving more people the tools to build wealth. We're uniquely positioned to change their trajectory for generations to come. That sounds lofty, but if we get this right, we can do some real good.
Designing dumb swag, riding bikes, and helping my dog Taters live her number-one-seagull-botherer dreams.
When I was at Microsoft, there was this great employee resource group for women's finance. People shared their money wins, strategies (travel hacking, maxing out benefits, tax advantages), and money questions they were afraid to ask anywhere else. You better believe I'm bothering my financial people at Fidelity quarterly. I also love talking to friends and colleagues about compensation, career, and finances, and how we can help each other get where we want to go.
There are so many ways to look at this. I'd say the most impressive was keeping my hooks in San Francisco while working in the restaurant industry for 3 years. I made less than $30,000 a year and lived in a rent-controlled apartment that had more roommates than bedrooms and a truly unpleasant cat (and I love cats). Thank you, Craigslist.
Other big moments were fighting a pay equity issue and winning, getting my first apartment by myself, and negotiating compensation.
Do more intentional goofing off and trying things on. Invest.
Bike ride season (always be biking).
I'm in a big soup era right now.
Leeward Negroni at PCH or a dirty gin martini at The Lone Palm.
I'm so glad to work with this team and see their wonderful faces IRL. Remote work has unlocked a lot of opportunities, but it's not it for me.