I spent my childhood in a suburb of Philadelphia. My mother, a single mom for many years, worked two jobs so that my sister and I would have what we needed. She taught me that money doesn't grow on trees. When I told one of my sons that, he informed me that isn't true because paper comes from trees and money is made from paper. My mom was also famous for saying that when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. That is what defines me. I'm willing to take risks in both my personal and professional life.
In 1993 I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in economics. I especially enjoyed my semester in Poland at the Warsaw School of Economics after the Berlin Wall was torn down. Initially I wanted to be an archeologist because I was fascinated by evolution. I started out in liberal arts but later took an economics class and found it intuitive. I also went on an archeological dig in Israel the summer of my freshman year. Reality set in. You have to get up at 3 a.m. and you can't just dig. Archeology is slow-paced, and it didn't seem conducive to family life. A journalist once said that I like to scour the globe for hidden treasures, and that's what I do in my current role.
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