A Defining Moment

Deborah C. Wright of Carver Bancorp sayssuccess goes beyond the surface

know anymore.

Leaving First Boston without another job was considered risky. Only one friend told me to quit. Everybody else thought I was having an early midlife crisis and I should just go to another division or investment bank. I had no idea what to do. I felt like a failure. But it was an important brick wall to hit, and it happened at a good point in my career, because, truthfully, I just wasn’t on a path that was ever going to make me feel successful or happy. It forced me to deal with me.

From the book Take a Lesson: Today’s Black Achievers on How They Made It & What They Learned Along the Way, © 2001 by Caroline V. Clarke. All rights reserved. Reprinted by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons Inc. Deborah C. Wright, president and CEO of Carver, was elected by the board of directors to the additional post of chairman of the board.

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