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Roksolana Sierant

Vice President, Morgan Stanley
University of Chicago '08

I was born in Ukraine, but moved to the US with my family when I was 13. I graduated from University of Chicago in 2008 with a degree in International Studies. When I first started college, I imagined a future in foreign relations, but quickly pivoted to exploring opportunities in the business world. I started my investment banking career at UBS in Chicago in the summer of 2008 and moved to Morgan Stanley in New York in 2009

Favorite / least favorite thing about your role
Now a Vice President, my role as a coverage officer has expanded and I have really enjoyed engaging in more client dialogue. I see more than the analytics on the page and am more fully aware of the bigger picture issue we are trying to address

Something you wish you knew at the start of your career
You'll feel inexperienced and sometimes uncomfortable when presented with a project. Now I see that all these feelings are perfectly OK, but when you first start they can turn into you questioning your own abilities. Key aspect of succeeding in a workplace is collaborating and working well with others and I think admitting to your own shortcomings / blind spots facilitates that

Mistakes on the job / tough lessons learned
When we first start a job, it's an intimidating world with lots of people who have a lot more experience. This can make it uncomfortable for a young person to ask questions and voice their opinions. I definitely fell into this and it took some time for me to learn to take risks and speak up

Biggest accomplishment
My biggest accomplishment to date has been getting into, paying for and graduating from University of Chicago. University of Chicago opened a world of opportunities to me and I'm very glad I took on the challenge of striving to get there in first place during my high school years

If you weren’t doing your current job...
Hard to say, but maybe something related to the business aspect of fashion or art world

Recent read
Last book I read is “Happiest Baby on the Block”. My husband and I are expecting our first child in May so all the of the leisure reading has been focused on babies. Thinking further back, the last book I read was “The Burried Giant” by Kazuo Ishiguro. I would recommend anything by Ishiguro or Haruki Murakami

Favorite NYC restaurant
With so many great places it's really difficult to pick. My favorite place in Tribeca for a casual & fun meal is Distilled, NY

Something you do outside of work
My time outside the office is usually spent walking around New York. My husband and I have been frequenting the various art museums and really enjoy the new Whitney location. For fitness my favorite workouts are at the Bari Studio in Tribeca - the only fitness routine to ever get me excited about exercising

Anything we haven’t asked about that you’d like to share?
Don’t feel like you have to follow any particular path when it comes to thinking about jobs and/or grad school. There is more than one right answer and it's import to evaluate options with your own goals in mind
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