Neesha Hathi

Executive vice president and chief digital officer, Charles Schwab

"From my childhood, entrepreneurship has been at the heart of who I am," said Neesha Hathi, executive vice president and chief digital officer for Charles Schwab.

"From my childhood, entrepreneurship has been at the heart of who I am," said Neesha Hathi, executive vice president and chief digital officer for Charles Schwab.

In her role, she oversees the platforms that serve the company's retail and adviser clients, totaling about $3 trillion in client assets and 11 million accounts. She led the adviser technology group before ascending to this position in 2016.

A daughter of Indian immigrants, Ms. Hathi grew up observing her parents as they bought different companies to turn around. She absorbed business lessons that she has applied throughout her career.

"I learned that your job as a leader is to understand, listen, bring people together and collectively form a point of view," she said.

Understanding the advantages of inclusiveness, Ms. Hathi co-launched Schwab's RIA Talent Advantage, an educational program to help RIA clients build a more diverse workforce. In her own environment, half of the digital services team is female.

She stresses the importance of taking risks.

"As my dad told me, 'What's the worst thing that could happen?'" she said. "I know now that taking a risk is the only way to grow and develop."

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