Eloise Clark

Eloise Clark is a Barnard alumna with 22 years of experience in investment banking.  After working at institutions such as Citibank, Merrill Lynch and Bankers Trust, Eloise founded OmniQuest Capital, an investment advisor specializing in the management of multi-manager and multi-strategy alternative investment portfolios.  She also taught several courses at UCLA where she received her MBA from the Anderson School of Management.

What are the three most important characteristics of a woman leader?

I think the most important characteristics of leadership are: 1) To have a vision of the future based on research, analysis, and imagination. 2) To be able to create a dynamic and rewarding work environment where employees are motivated to be forward thinking and hard-working. 3) To remain humble and open-minded, especially in the face of success.

When do you feel at your best?

When I do something kind for myself or for someone else.

What did you do in your first year after College?

I worked as a foreign exchange trader at Citibank.

How did your Barnard experience influence you as a leader?

Going to Barnard is a very empowering experience and for me took the “woman” out of being a “woman in business”. I was just a person in business, just myself.  I never felt defined or limited by being a woman.

What does it mean to be a “successful” woman?

 I think it means that you did the things you set out to do.

What challenges do you think women in finance face today?

The field of finance draws very ambitious, hardworking individuals and therefore it is an extremely challenging field for women who want to have children or to have balance in their life.

What was your biggest mistake?

Life is a series of decisions. Each decision opens some doors while it closes others, defining your path. I don’t believe in the traditional definition of a mistake-- something that was done wrong or that you regret. I think there are just some decisions that turn out better than others.

What do you do when you need a moment?

Breathe.

Give yourself a compliment.

I never give up.

If you could give “the college you” one piece of advice what would it be?

Stop worrying.