See it, Be it Role Model
Senior Vice President Calamos Wealth Management Naperville, Ill.
In life, it’s how you approach challenges that matters, said Anita Knotts, who immigrated from India as a small child.
“I was bullied when I was a teenager, but it teaches you how to stand up for yourself,” she said. “It’s good preparation for an industry like this. I feel like I can walk into any room with confidence.”
As a leader and a role model, Ms. Knotts wants to impart that confidence to other women, and has launched two initiatives with that goal in mind.
The first, started in 2012, called “Women and Wealth,” provides informal sessions for the firm’s female clients and clients of allied professionals, such as accountants and attorneys. The programming, which could be in an educational or social format, touches on financial literacy, investing and financial empowerment.
In 2016, she founded the Women’s Initiative Network, an internal professional development group that meets monthly and serves as a safe space to talk about topics such as effective communication, being taken seriously, developing a leadership presence, career management, etc.
“I wanted to help others because of how I’ve felt sometimes — like I was standing at the base of a steep mountain, looking up,” Ms. Knotts said.
— Deborah Nason