Senior vice president, Morgan Stanley
When Jessica Fitzgerald was a young teen, her aunt, an entrepreneur with an office in the Empire State Building, took her under her wing and introduced her to the idea of finance as a career path.
It was a turning point in her young life, inspiring her to earn a bachelor’s degree in economics and financial markets.
Her aunt’s example helped Ms. Fitzgerald gain self-confidence, which enabled her to reinvent herself throughout her career. She developed expertise in portfolio management, financial planning, 401(k) plan advising, and then municipal 457(b) retirement plans. The latter intrigued her enough to create a specialized practice around them.
After seven years, she and her team now serve 40 municipalities with more than $750 million in assets under management.
“If you have those role models in your life, you just believe you can do it. You don’t even think about it,” she said.
— Deborah Nason