Suits: A Woman on Wall Street

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Far from home, an ambitious woman fights to make her mark on Wall Street.

No class can prepare a person 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. With steely determination, Nina bullied her way into an internship after her freshman year of college. That first ...

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Overview

Far from home, an ambitious woman fights to make her mark on Wall Street.

No class can prepare a person 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. With steely determination, Nina bullied her way into an internship after her freshman year of college. That first 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. Nina worked harder, longer hours than her peers to prove her worth, but to whom?

Suits is a story of fathers and daughters, family pride, and the pursuit of success and honor. This raw and unflinching memoir exposes the world of banking and finance from the perspective of a woman and outsider.

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The trials of a young woman interning on Wall Street.

Godiwalla reveals what initially drove her from the suburbs of Houston to seek her fortune in one of the most high-stress, male-dominated work environments on the planet. The third child in a family of exceptionally bright, hardworking daughters, Godiwalla was raised by her first-generation Persian-Indian parents with the expectation that she would excel in school. Wishing to distinguish herself from her sisters, the author looked to Wall Street as the sole means to earning her father's respect: "I became fixated on the idea that money would not only allow me to live by my own rules but also, down the road, win the love of my father, who was still in awe of the American dream—wealth and prestige." And so the straight-A student set off for Wall Street, becoming the sole freshman from the University of Texas to undertake a summer internship at JP Morgan, where she quickly learned to lose "anything Southern or middle class." Undaunted by the exclusive world of finance, Godiwalla returned to New York City the summer of her junior year to participate in Morgan Stanley's highly selective Scholars program for minorities, which gave her access to the ultra-elite, high-powered world of Corporate Finance along with a six-figure salary to help pay off her student loans. It was here that the author found the horrifyingly sexist and classist environment untenably soul numbing. As with many tales of personal reformation, the real story—howGodiwalla walked away from Wall Street and eventually achieved her other dream of getting married—remains unexplored and is only hinted at in the end papers.

An intriguing but incomplete outsider's tale of lethal ambition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934633953
  • Publisher: Atlas
  • Publication date: 2/28/2011
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Nina Godiwalla has written for the Houston Chronicle, Austin Business Journal and the Washington Post. Before founding MindWorks, which teaches professionals meditation and stress management, she worked for Morgan Stanley and Johnson & Johnson. She lives in Austin, Texas.

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    Posted March 10, 2013

    Mak

    Go to 'calmgrove' this place is BOR-ING! XDD

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    Posted March 10, 2013

    Damon

    Mak?

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    Posted August 6, 2012

    It was ok

    I felt like this was a long journal entry.

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    Posted July 21, 2012

    Reader from Texas

    Wonderfully written window into two very different worlds.My only disappointment was that the book had to end.

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