Senior Financial Adviser, Managing Director — Investments, Merrill Lynch
What led me to this career: My father was a financial adviser, so the field always interested me. Why this job is good for working moms: Financial advisers are like entrepreneurs—we have a great deal of control over our practices. So even though we work a lot of hours, there is some flexibility.
Top money recommendation: It’s important for women to have their own financial independence, because you never know when your situation might change. Certain life changes—such as divorce, widowhood or health issues—can come on quickly and unexpectedly, so being able to earn money, budget and save is critical. And if your spouse tends to handle all the bill paying, make sure you meet regularly to discuss your family’s financial situation so you’re in the loop.
With Dustin, Hunter, 15, and Olivia, 13