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.
We recently interviewed Stephanie Higby, Assistant Vice President, Compliance – Investments, at USAA based in San Antonio, Texas and learned more about how she started her career in finance and how she’s giving back.
Define career success.
“Finding roles where I can make an impact or a difference is important as well as having a strong connection to the organization’s mission. I like to be challenged every day and surround myself with a variety of talented people who hold unique perspectives so we can get to better solutions and bolster my career growth.”
How did you choose finance as your career?
“I began my career in public accounting and gained exposure to a variety of industries and companies. About 16 years ago, I made a decision that was life-changing and fulfilled my definition for success. I started working for USAA in Investments Compliance, a mission-driven association filled with vibrant and creative people. Fast forward to today, I continue to find that there is always an opportunity to learn and grow and that each day brings its own set of puzzles to solve. ”
Share your best career advice.
“Focus on the bigger picture versus perfection. Things tend to be more like a seesaw. Sometimes your home life requires more time, other times work will demand more of your attention. Going back-and-forth seems to strike the right balance over time. There are also seasons to your life and career. This may be the time for you to lead that big project at work or take on that leadership position in your community group. Or maybe it is not. Maybe it is time for you to sit in the audience and let someone else that you have invested in take center stage. Appreciating the ebbs and flows of life is crucial to striking the right balance over time.”
How have networking groups like Texas Wall Street Women helped your career?
“Networking and industry groups are great for broadening your perspective and hearing how peers in the industry tackle similar challenges. You can gain fresh ideas, spot upcoming trends, and be prepared for whatever is around the corner. These groups also foster a feeling of connectedness – that you are in this together, sharing similar challenges and successes along the way.”
What is your advice on giving back and helping the next generation of women in finance?
“Realize that it is all about the people. Take the time to invest in others. Celebrate the successes of those around you and share in their disappointments. Encourage each other and build each other up through the seasons of life.”
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.