Krishna R. Davenport is the Senior Post Trade Research Analyst at The Investment Technology Group (ITG) in New York. She attended Hollins University, in Roanoke, VA and received a B.A in Economics with a secondary concentration in Business. She was always a really good student and never struggled, until her first year at Hollins. She remembers feeling very alone (despite family and friends supporting her) in Roanoke and at one point found herself on Academic probation. It took the shock of being on the verge of getting kicked out of school to shake her from my “Homesick” coma. We interviewed Krishna about her success and here are her responses. She gives us an inside glimpse of what it’s like working on Wall Street–The Old Boys’ Club.
1. What drives you to succeed?
In the past I was driven to succeed by conceit and the need to always be right. I think that comes with being female in corporate America. Now I am a lot more focused and I’m driven to succeed by my family. I want my son to know there is a nothing he can’t do if he puts aside his ego and puts his mind to it.
2. Can you briefly describe the path you took to get to your current job? Did you have to make certain career moves? Any sacrifices along the way?
My journey to research is peppered with jobs. I started out as a Broker’s assistant, making cold calls for sale and studying for my brokerage license. After a summer I left the small firm, and joined a prestigious retail brokerage firm where I learned the trading side as well as market data. I had to make a significant sacrifice in status when I decided the retail side of trading was not where I wanted to be. I applied for a sales assistant position at an Investment Management firm and within a year was running the client service team.
3. How do you handle setbacks? Can you share one?
I’ll be the first to say I don’t handle setbacks well, I believe it’s from competition. It’s made me a sore loser at time. But in the last few years I’ve learned to step away from issues and re-evaluate. Funny enough this clicked when I became a Mom.
4. What do you enjoy most about your job?
The best part of my job is the client interaction. I’ve been told that for a woman of my size I have a much larger personality. I use that to my advantage, because often times in the current state of Wall Street I am delivering bad news. It kind of eases the sting and allows me to help better guide them in trading more effectively.
5. Where do you see yourself in the next five to ten years?
In 5 years I want to still be with my current firm but in a consultative role. Though I get to interact with clients now it’s on a mid-brow level in regards to their trading. I would like to be able to do more interesting analysis and help change the trading styles and workflow of desks.
6. How do you balance work life and family? Do your work demands affect your relationships?
It’s really easy for me to balance work life and family because the CEO of my firm puts family first, and demands that we do the same. In most Investment management firms there are long hours, and lots of stress, at ITG we work regular hours and have the ability to work from home. So that helps.
7. Any advice or words of encouragement you’d like to give to shalenadiva.com readers?
I can offer the same advice my mom offered me when I decided to enter The Old Boys club, she said “No man can determine your destiny, that is a course designed by a higher power so keep your eyes and heart open so you don’t miss the signs” When I feel discouraged or feel like blaming someone for what I see as a failure I remember that.
Krishna Davenport runs and contributes to the following blogs:
http://www.randomnycsarcasm.com/ : where she rants about her life and other things in the world
http://www.wallstreetwomom.com/ where she chronicles her life as a mom on Wall Street
Contributor to: http://www.kittybradshaw.com/ (book reviews)
You can follow her on Twitter at f_uitlist
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