The conversation also touched on the importance of time management and ensuring a work-life balance. Lynda, currently working longer-than-usual hours supporting the ongoing break-up of GE into three publicly traded companies, ensures she continues to prioritise networking, team coaching and speaking events along with tending to her family of 7’s needs. “GE is not going to close because I’m not at my desk for a day,” she joked, urging delegates to make time for the things they care about and lean into those with knowledge and advice when work gets complicated – you, your family and the company will benefit.
If she stays in the office late one night, the next she will try and leave on time. She also urged attendees challenged with a heavy load to communicate as early as possible with their managers and work on a plan to balance the workload.
India, who worked in investment banking roles in different locations around the world, credited her enthusiasm to travel to career progression. “For me it was location,” she said. “It gave me a different perspective. We learn most when we make ourselves uncomfortable.”
Jeff Weaver, Senior Portfolio Manager and Head of Global Liquidity Solutions at Allspring Global Investments, where he oversees a US$190bn MMF portfolio and US$21bn in short duration separate accounts for corporate clients, agreed his willingness to relocate had opened doors. One pivotal, early career decision included deciding to leave Wall Street and head to San Francisco to join Wells Fargo in 1994. “Don’t let opportunities go,” he said.
The conversation touched on slow progress in DEI. The difficult economic climate leaves companies wholly focused on making money. Elsewhere DEI concepts are often complex to grasp and cloud the debate. India suggested simplifying DEI by focusing on our shared humanity – and efforts to ensure everyone has a way to succeed.
Panellists and attendees discussed the importance of intergenerational sharing. For example, facilitating collaboration between rising stars and senior leaders combines expertise around innovation on one hand and human behaviour on the other. “It’s about inclusion,” said India. “Older people don’t always feel relevant and younger people say they don’t have the skills. We still haven’t figured out how to access the best of every person we have.”
After a delicious buffet lunch, roundtable discussions included how to communicate with people we find difficult and the role of leaders around motivation. Successful management requires pushing different buttons, and recognising what is important to colleagues – for some it may be a job title, for others it is working from home. Roundtable discussions also focused on the importance of understanding expectations, and levelling what is expected, particularly in project management. Other tenets of good leadership include giving credit when credit is due, and amplifying others.
This November, Allspring Global Investments hosts Allspring U in San Francisco. The event will bring the treasury community together to learn more about liquidity management, cash balance sheet investing, portfolio construction, leadership, and other key treasury skills.