QWho and what are inspiring you? How has this changed over your life and career?

answered September 26th, 2014 by Patti Croft

Someone who inspires me today is Christine Lagarde, head of the IMF. I heard her interviewed on CBC radio over the summer, and my respect for her only increased even further. The interviewer was trying to label her – as a proponent of carbon taxes amongst other things – but she steadfastly refused to be labeled. She calmly, reasonably and forcibly defended her views on a variety of global challenges. I particularly liked the way she answered a question about the number of women economists working at the IMF. She said that their policy was to ensure a large percentage of the economists at the IMF were women, a policy in place for some time but it had not been adhered to. She set out to correct that. She is a vocal proponent of empowering women. She inspires me as a woman in a place of power, who is not afraid to speak her mind, and who refuses to wear any labels society tries to pin on her.


What has changed for me is that early in my career, the people who inspired me were largely those that I encountered in the workplace. As a young woman working in the male dominated financial services industry, I was inspired by more senior women who were working hard to make inroads despite considerable road blocks. Later on I was inspired by a wonderful male boss in the investment management industry who was the epitome of the values that I associate with best in class money management – integrity, transparency, and putting the client first all with grace, humour and intelligence.


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