Leadership Perspectives | 03.15.22
Women Leaders of the Industry, Part 2: Jacinda Norvell
In the second installment of the Women Leaders of the Industry interview series, Jacinda Norvell, senior managing director at Truist Wealth, provides her thoughts and experiences on the financial industry, as well as advice on how to lead a good work-life balance.
1) What is/was your proudest accomplishment? What is/was your greatest challenge?
My proudest accomplishments are seeing people I’ve hired or mentored reach their potential. When you have the opportunity to teach, coach or guide, it’s really rewarding to see that materialize.
My greatest challenge has been learning to let go. I had this epiphany at one of the first BISA Women’s Networking workshop events I attended. The workshop helped me realize I needed to spend more time transferring knowledge to others so I could let go of tasks that others could do, as well as focus on activities that only I could do and learn new things.
2) What advice do you have to give to other women leaders in the industry – both new and experienced?
A lot of the sacrifices I made early in my career were mostly at the expense of my family. Now I “try” to do a better job prioritizing what’s important to me—family, health and work—versus just work. Surprisingly, you can still get it all done, just in a more balanced way. So, in short, have a life 😊.
3) What changes have you witnessed and/or experienced regarding women’s contribution to the industry? What are your plans towards further change in the industry?
It’s been exciting to watch the women leading our industry recruit strong female professionals within our business, who in turn reach more women as clients. With that said, there’s still more work to do—to be representative of our world, we need more women and diversity within our industry. Focusing on developing our female talent into future leaders, as well as, junior development programs like the BISA Rising Star Program will help create momentum and growth for the future.
4) Personally or professionally, what is your greatest aspiration?
Pulling up as many people as possible along the way is my professional aspiration.