Estee Jimerson

Managing director, head of asset management distribution, Envestnet

At just 17, Estee Jimerson, influenced by her World War II-veteran father, proudly entered the U.S. Naval Reserve. She served for six years as a hospital corpsman/medic. The military provided a strong basis for her later career, in areas such as self-discipline, giving and taking orders, and working in a male-dominated environment.

At just 17, Estee Jimerson, influenced by her World War II-veteran father, proudly entered the U.S. Naval Reserve. She served for six years as a hospital corpsman/medic. The military provided a strong basis for her later career, in areas such as self-discipline, giving and taking orders, and working in a male-dominated environment.

"It gave me confidence, got me out of my shell and taught me how to deal with different types of people," said Ms. Jimerson, managing director and head of asset management distribution for Envestnet.

She has been in charge of relationship management for more than 20 years for both investment product manufacturers and distributors. She makes herself available as a mentor both formally and informally, started a women's network at Envestnet, and is on other committees that aim to help women in the industry.

Her self-confidence served her well as she climbed the corporate ladder, but she is concerned when she sees this quality lacking in other women.

"When I ask them 'What's the next step?' they'll often say, 'I think I need more seasoning, I'm not ready yet,'" Ms. Jimerson said. "But they can't be reluctant to take a risk. They need to put themselves forward before they feel 100% qualified."

— Deborah Nason

2018 Winners
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