Both sides of my family are from Texas, but my parents, my siblings and I moved to Washington. D.C. when my father got a job at the National Institute of Health. My first real job was in high school working at a consortium. Small business owners contacted the consortium for interns. I got to [run the office of] a small temp agency whose staff was always out drumming up business. I also got to take classes they gave in finance, accounting and marketing. I loved math and computers and was good at anything that involved talking. I attended the University of Virginia and had a joint major in business and finance. For my internship at Riggs Bank in D.C. I worked in information technology and wrote macros for the International Bank. Two things scared me. First, people who had been there 20 years said they wish they were doing what I was, and second, the technology department was in the basement. That's when I switched from IT to finance.
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