I grew up in Orange County, N.Y. Math always came easy to me. I was able to see patterns and connect the dots, and I wanted a career which involved that. I graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in applied math and economics, but I also took literature and liberal arts courses, which were good for my soul.
I've always wanted to make an impact. I started my career in management consulting, working for Booz Allen Hamilton followed by Boston Consulting Group. In 1987, when I was attending Harvard Business School, the markets crashed around Michael Milken and junk bonds. Three years later Barbarians at the Gate was published, a book about greed and the leveraged buyout of RJR Nabisco. In those years I had a very negative view of Wall Street. We didn't call it "Occupy" at the time, but if the recent protests had taken place then, I probably would have been at the front of the line. I never saw myself on the Street.
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