Leah Taylor is one of J.P. Morgan’s inspirational women in various areas and at various levels of the business. Here’s how her leadership will help direct you in your career.

As Vice President-Investment Specialist at J.P. Morgan Private Bank, she heads a team of bankers, analysts, portfolio managers, and trust officers. Investment specialists with J.P. Morgan work with clients to grow their wealth through investment, banking, and lending solutions.

“There are two characteristics important to success,” Taylor said. “First, you need to like people and enjoy helping them. Second, you need to be motivated and organized.”

Taylor joined the First National Bank of Chicago (a predecessor firm of J.P. Morgan) right out of Harvard’s M.B.A. program. She has more than eighteen years experience in banking and finance.

Taylor believes that no matter what type of degree you have, you should take courses in finance, accounting, and economics.

“Also, an M.B.A. gives you a great understanding of the principles of business,” she said.

If you are curious about a career in financial services, talk to people who work in different functions in finance, she advised.

“That way, you can learn about investment management, corporate banking, investment banking, and the hedge fund/private equity sector,” she said.

In your first position out of college or graduate school, choose an institution that is going to invest time in training you.

“As a young person, that training will really help you to get started on the right foot,” she said.

J.P. Morgan’s Winning Women program provides an entry into financial services and a meaningful overview of the many opportunities for female leadership at the firm. Click here to find out more about the program.

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