Alexa's Story: Why She Left Wall Street

Alexa's Story: Why She Left Wall Street

We love hearing the stories of successful, intelligent women. And we didn’t have to search too far to read this one: It’s the story of our CEO and founder Alexa Von Tobel, who made the risky decision to leave both a career on Wall Street and a Harvard Business School degree to pursue her dream—starting LearnVest. From Lemondrop:

The number of young women on Wall Street is falling at an alarming rate, and no one knows why, reports The Wall Street Journal.

More specifically, the number of women between age 20 and 24 entering finance industry jobs has dropped 21 percent over the past decade. There are a lot of different theories, the paper says, surrounding why this might be.

Are women leaving in droves to start families, as the Journal suggests? Has Wall Street—as another expert posits—lost its allure? Hard to believe when Michael Douglas will be reprising the role of Gordon Gekko in "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," the much-anticipated sequel opening this very weekend.

For me, the truth was much simpler.

In 2008, at the age of 24, I walked away from a promising career on Wall Street—and an even more promising paycheck—to pursue my dream of starting my own company.

To read the rest of Alexa’s story, head over HERE, to Lemondrop.


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