In celebration of TXWSW’s ten-year anniversary, we are featuring women in senior-level positions in finance that have made a difference in the lives of their colleagues and community.
Sallie Behnke, CIMA®, Senior Vice President-Wealth Management, Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley based in Dallas, Texas shares her best career advice and insights.
Define career success.
“Career success is very personal and means something different for everyone. A successful career must be personally rewarding, first and foremost. I am passionate about what I am doing and find it very rewarding working with each of my clients to achieve their unique goals and aspirations.”
How did you choose finance as your career?
“While still in college, I was fortunate enough to have an opportunity to intern with an investment firm and I fell in love with investments. Unfortunately, at that time, I was in the midst of a 5-year Masters of Accountancy Program and was not going to change my major that late in the game. I went on to work at Ernst & Young in their PFC (Personal Financial Counseling) group where I was able to work with executives on executive compensation planning, including Stock Options and Estate Planning. I knew that I needed to work on Wall Street to gain the invaluable experience that comes from being immersed in that type of environment, so I moved to New York City. I shipped three boxes from my Dad’s office and moved into a friend’s apartment; literally the only person I knew in New York City at the time. It was a true leap of faith, but I genuinely believed I was following my passion, and for me that was paramount.”
Share your best career advice.
“Just do it! I know some might recall this as a Nike commercial cliché, but I have found time and time again, that you cannot wait for anyone else to determine your career. You are your greatest promoter.”
How have networking groups like Texas Wall Street Women helped your career?
“Yes, most definitely. Meeting and forming relationships with other professional women who are willing to share their advice has been and continues to be tremendously important to me as I navigate my career. Networking is crucial to career success. In fact, through a relationship in TXWSW, I was introduced to my eventual partner in my practice in Dallas.”
What is your advice on giving back and helping the next generation of women in finance?
“I believe that it’s vitally important that women support other women in their careers and I feel that TXWSW is the perfect place to do that. Whether it’s a new, younger woman new to the finance world or a senior of mine, we all can and should help each other succeed. It’s a rising tide that raises all boats.”
Do you know a phenomenal woman making a difference in finance? We encourage you to nominate your mentors, friends, and colleagues so that we can celebrate their achievements and success by sending their name, and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org.