How IPG’s Rocio Harb rose up the ranks

How and when did you decide to become a financial advisor?

I started working for Tucker Anthony NYC in 1991 as the assistant for the managing director of Syndicate. I fell in love with the industry. It was then and there that I decided I wanted to pursue a career in finance. Shortly after that, I moved to Miami where I joined DLJ. The rest is history.

What would you attribute your growth in the industry to?

Throughout my career I was very blessed to have had great mentors in my corner. I enjoyed reading and learning about the market, finance, and the economy. Lots of long hours and dedication. Enjoying what you do is a big factor to one’s growth and success. Life is too short to not have fun at work.

Do women face unique challenges or disadvantages when pursuing success?

The biggest challenge is how to be a wife and a mother and still be part of the ‘Wall Street Boys Club’. When the men are networking after hours the women are expected to go home and be a mommy. I tried to manage my time as best as possible so that I can do both.

What advice would you give to a woman starting out in finance or to those who are hesitant of moving up the ranks?  

My advice would be to surround yourself with good people that will help you grow and support you. Stay focused on what you want to achieve and go for it. Sky is the limit.

What is one of your favorite career moments?

Having the opportunity to open the IPG Miami office in 2016 was extremely exciting. I was given free rein to choose the location, furniture, décor and, most importantly, my team. 

How can companies in your industry foster a more inclusive environment in their workplaces?

I believe the culture starts from the top. At IPG, we have several talented, accomplished women in high level positions. With that said, we hire the most qualified person for the position needed to be filled.  

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