Brocker.Org: How Alexandra Lebenthal has taken on Wall Street’s boys’ club

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Though she grew up watching her grandmother Sayra run the family business, Lebenthal says she realized she still needed confidence boosts. An all-girls school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the Nightingale-Bamford School, provided that environment in high school.

Lebenthal particularly remembers headmistress Joan McMenamin: “If she said it once, she said it every single day: ‘Girls, you can do anything you set your mind to.’ For anyone to hear that over and over, it does drill into you. … You always need to hear it, at every stage of your life. Even as you’re a grown-up.”

The universal lesson here: Even after we’ve heard the motivational speeches and seen success up close, we still need a tune-up now and then. Find the places and people that help you shore up your weaknesses and gain confidence in your strengths.

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