Since Jane Lambesis ’83 started her career in the early 1980s, one of her primary goals has been to empower and educate women on ways in which they can drive their financial future. “Thirty years ago, women were beginning to make real money in the workforce,” says Lambesis, a senior vice president of sales for Federated Investors. “The percentage of women in the wealth management business was low. I took it upon myself to educate women as best I could.
Lambesis tailors public speaking engagements and educational seminars to this cause. “When I started ‘Women in Investing,’ I was talking to the grandmothers of the crowd, who conservatively invested through equity ownership,” Lambesis says. “Today, it is a complex wealth management world, in which women are very active in investing early. The whole concept is to empower through education, and help them discover skills that are usually intuitive to them.”
Lambesis found her path to leadership at John Carroll, when she learned hard lessons as an RA in Murphy Hall. “It really forced my hand,” she remembers. “In some cases it could be really difficult because these are your friends on the floor or in the building. True leadership is leading by example, and in what I would call a balanced way.” She believes the same lesson applies in business. “Lead by understanding the other side. Understand where people are coming from, and you can better meet them halfway and have a successful relationship.”
Lambesis recommends that young women looking to enter the wealth management field explore their options. “Explore client services,” she says. “Is there anything more valuable than having the responsibility of managing someone’s money, and their family’s future? Sometimes it isn’t about just amassing wealth, it’s about helping people accomplish their dreams.”
In her free time, Lambesis balances what she calls “working hard” and “playing hard.” “I have three children, my husband Peter, and a wonderful family,” she says. “There aren’t enough hours in the day sometimes.” Despite her busy schedule, she still finds time to devote to her alma mater as a member of the Board. “It comes down to time, treasure, and talent,” she believes. “I’m investing my time. My talent is hopefully increasing enrollment in the Chicago area, and what treasure I have I will certainly share with John Carroll, so that young women can afford the same experience I had.”