Yield vs. Risk and How Females Pursue Leadership Roles
Deputy Chief Investment Officer
Christine Tessier, Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Foresters Financial, contributes to the oversight of the company’s general account and pension assets. Building on a successful career in institutional investing industry, Christine shares her suggestions to aspiring female leaders and her views on yield vs. risk in today’s environment.
Institutional Connect: Under the current low interest and rising inflation environment, Institutional investors are reassessing their allocations in fixed income and pursuing yields from other strategies. How should investors balance yield and higher risks?
Institutional Connect: What mindset should aspiring female leaders embrace when they pursue leadership roles in the institutional investing industry?
Christine: To be successful in any pursuit, and especially in a role of leadership, it is critical to feel and truly believe that anything is possible.
It is easy for us to be blind to the limitations we put on ourselves. Self-accountability and the willingness to introspect and be vulnerable to critical feedback has been an important part of my development. Seeking strong mentors and champions has been another important component of success. The key defining characteristics I’ve observed from the mentors that have shaped my thinking center around faith – faith in people, faith in continuous opportunity, faith in a person’s own ability to tackle new challenges. Finally, as we leaders become successful, it is our collective responsibility to pay forward the opportunities we have received, take the time to help others who need support, as others have helped us. Not always easy, but it all centers around being the change we want to see in the world, as Gandhi so aptly put it.