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“How She Does It”: The Power of the Career Pivot, with Melissa Lee

Haley Paskalides  |  June 26, 2023

On the pilot episode of "How She Does It" we sit down with CNBC's Melissa Lee on the career pivot that changed her life.

The wait is finally over! HerMoney’s all-new podcast, “How She Does It,” has officially dropped. Hosted by Karen Finerman, who you may know best from CNBC , “How She Does It” will guide listeners on their journey to becoming better leaders, better decision-makers, and instill an understanding of what it means to live and work as a woman with power. Finerman, who is also CEO of Metropolitan Capital Advisors and a longtime Wall Street investor, will be diving into all things women, money, and power every week with the world’s most talented female leaders. Each guest has been selected because they’re owning their space and their career in unique ways, and their dynamic insider conversations will shed light on what’s really going on with the economy and the world.

FOLLOW: New episodes of “How She Does It” will be dropping every week! 

On our pilot episode of “How She Does It,” we’re doing it all with Melissa Lee, host of CNBC’s “Fast Money.” She’s also the host of “Options Action” and has won countless awards for reporting, including a Gracie for outstanding news host, a Loeb for her special report on the fall of Lehman Brothers, and she’s twice been nominated for an Emmy. 

READ MORE FROM OUR INTERVIEW: How to Manage A Career Change And Life Challenges With Melissa Lee 

But Melissa wasn’t always in the financial news business. After graduating from Harvard, she started her career as a consultant at Mercer Management, and then, like many of the incredibly talented women we’ll be featuring on our show, she decided to pivot. That pivot is what got her to where she is today. Listen in as she details how she realized becoming a doctor just wasn’t for her, and how, after years working as a consultant, she realized that if she didn’t give journalism a chance, she’d regret it for the rest of her life. She also shares how becoming a mother to twins at the height of her career changed her outlook on life and work, and dives into some of the best lessons she learned from her own mom. She also gets candid about how she strives to be the best example for her daughters every day, showing them that it’s possible to find success in your career and have a family. We also loved Melissa’s takeaways on the importance of women being more assertive and confident in their careers. Her best advice: “Be who you are, be who you need to be, and whatever the perception is around you in the world, that’s their problem.”

If you’re just finding the HerMoney community, we’re so thankful you’re here. New episodes of the How She Does It Podcast with Karen Finerman will drop every week, along with the HerMoney Podcast with Jean Chatzky. We’d love for you to follow our shows, and subscribe to our free weekly newsletters so you never miss an episode! 

See more from Melissa Lee on Twitter and catch more of Karen Finerman’s insights on Twitter.


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