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.