Suits: A Woman on Wall Street (Book & Panel Discussion)

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"Ever wish you had a friend who had worked in the Wall Street pressure cooker and could tell you what it's really like? Meet Suits author Nina Godiwalla. Her candid memoir is a must-read for anyone (especially any woman) aspiring to a career in high finance."
—Anne Fisher, Fortune.com

Far from home, a young woman fights to earn a place on Wall Street'and discovers the cost of success. No class can prepare anyone for a career on Wall Street. While others in Nina Godiwalla's Persian-Indian immigrant community were content to fulfill their parents' dreams, Nina's fierce ambition pulled her from Houston to New York to become a banker. The rarefied taste of power left her hungry for more.

Showered with Broadway tickets and ferried around in sleek black town cars, Morgan Stanley recruits led a fast and flashy lifestyle, but at a steep cost. In a world where strip clubs took the place of conference rooms, Nina was driven to fit the mold of her fellow recruits: wealthy, white, and male. But would she have to lose her Southern accent and suppress her family's heritage to prove her worth on the trading floor?

In the tradition of Michael Lewis's Liar's Poker, Nina Godiwalla offers a behind-the-scenes look at the recklessness that ruled Wall Street during the dot-com boom days. But Suits is also a story of the family Nina left behind: a story of fathers and daughters, the pursuit of honor, swapping your grandmother's shrimp curry for takeout sushi and cocktails. A vibrant snapshot of an immigrant family with big dreams, Suits reveals how much we've been conditioned to trade for success.

Nina Godiwalla has written for several publications, including the Washington Post, Houston Chronicle, and the Austin Business Journal. Before founding MindWorks, which provides stress management and meditation training to corporations and other professional organizations, she spent almost a decade working for Fortune 500 corporations including Morgan Stanley and Johnson & Johnson. She speaks nationally on leadership and diversity in the workplace and has been featured in several major publications including USA Today, ABC News, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Nina has an MBA from Wharton School of Business, a MA focused in Creative Writing from Dartmouth, and a BBA from University of Texas. She currently lives in Austin, TX.

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Thu 17 Mar 2011
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Asia Society Washington The Cinnabar Room Whittemore House, 2nd Flr. 1526 New Hampshire Ave, NW Washington, D.C. 20036 washington, dc
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