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Winning on Wall Street: An interview with Anita Warner
by Janet Hoffman
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24 June 2014
In Part 1 of a recent interview, Anita Warner, who retired from a successful career on Wall Street, describes how she began practising Transcendental Meditation (TM), and how the technique gave her a good foundation for her entry into the world of finance. The interview was conducted by Janet Hoffman, executive director of the Transcendental Meditation Program for Women Professionals in the United States.
JANET HOFFMAN: Anita, you retired from a successful, dynamic career on Wall Street. I'd like to discuss your tactics for survival in a field so dominated by men. Most of the six million people around the world who already have learned the TM technique wouldn't be considered the ''alternative lifestyle type'' but, in fact, are mainstream: educators, business people, politicians, celebrities, athletes, scientists, doctors, and so on. You held a high profile job in the world of finance and yet meditation fit right into your lifestyle and even enhanced it. So let's start at the beginning—how did you hear about TM and when did you learn?
ANITA WARNER: At the time, I was living in Pennsylvania and my friend recommended it to me. At first I thought it would be difficult because I had tried meditating in a yoga class. But then she said that what she was doing was quite easy and that is how I decided to learn TM. I had been working with special education students and was very tired and drained from work, and when I learned TM and then would come home to meditate after work I found myself completely rejuvenated. I liked it. And I started noticing in my day to day life that I felt better, more alert and balanced—everything that the research on TM states that you'll experience.
JANET: How did you get into the field of finance and was it unusual for women to take on that profession at that time?
ANITA: I had moved to San Francisco and started in the brokerage industry there. I started as a sales assistant in 1976 with Merrill Lynch. Fortunately for me—and possibly this affected my employment—at the time I entered the field, one of the big Wall Street firms was just settling a large scale lawsuit for discriminating against women. Up until that time, women in finance predominately only held support staff positions. A woman had to have a lot of poise and self-esteem to even consider merging into this field. I didn't know it at the time, but Transcendental Meditation actually increases self-esteem and self-actualization which must have given me a good foundation for beginning this career smoothly.
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Source: Transcendental Meditation Program for Women Professionals Blog
The Transcendental Meditation Program for Women Professionals in the United States is the official women's organization teaching Transcendental Meditation exclusively to women.
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