I have always felt that some people come into your life at just the right time, for just the right reason and that was certainly the case with my good friend Michelle Marquez. I first met Michelle Marquez at university because we were studying law together and we quickly hit it off. At that time I was actually regretting my decision to take on law, and was looking for a way out. I spoke to Michelle about this in our first few weeks and she spoke to me about how it was her dream to follow in her father’s footsteps and work on the stock exchange, in a legal capacity. During those days you never saw women in fraud prevention teams, arbitration or securities trading, but Michelle was determined. Through her love for the law she reignited mine and we both now work on the legal side of the stock exchange, and here is why she is my inspiration.
As I’ve just mentioned I was on the edge of quitting my degree and taking another course but had I done that I never would have found the happiness that I now have. I came to the stock market a little later than Michelle as I took some time out after college, without her though I would never have been this happy.
By the time I came to the stock exchange there were more and more women beginning to work on Wall Street in a number of capacities but when Michelle Marquez first started, this was not the case at all. In fact I was very fortunate to have walked almost directly behind Michelle as she blazed a trail for me. During those days she had to put up with sexism, abuse, disrespect and a whole host of ugly treatment. What I respect most about Michell Marquez is that despite all what she suffered, she was so dedicated to be successful and she wasn’t about to let institutionalized sexism hold her back.
Another aspect of her personality which I have always been inspired by is her focus and she has the ability to literally block everything else out of her mind and concentrate on what she wants. This is a characteristic which I would love to have and whilst I am not quite at her level, she has inspired me to be more focused on individual goals.
It think for me the most impressive thing about Michelle Marquez is not only was she able to fight her way to the top in this industry but once she got the position of power she brought through a large number of strong and very intelligent and capable women. To see that she prioritized this would be wrong but she opened the positions up for women which is part of the reason why the industry is far more equal now than it ever has been.
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