My road in life took a while to figure out.
College was great exposure to lots of different people and viewpoints. I changed majors 4 times.
I was a corporate trainer for my company, & then a job in Compliance came open.
I learned WAY more about life and skills from part-time jobs. I was a secretary for law students.
Applying laws to business processes, interpreting them and advising my colleagues was AWESOME.
And I LOVED learning about the law and applying it. I helped interpret what those laws meant.
I ALWAYS took opportunities to learn new / different laws & became an expert on many--job stability!


High School
History, General
University of Oklahoma Norman Campus


Senior Compliance Manager

I ensure that my company follows the state and federal laws that prevent discrimination in banking.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Problem Solving

Day to Day

I ensure that low- and moderate-income geographic areas and individuals have access to our products and services, and that my company operates programs to strengthen the communities in which we operate. For example, I help evaluate whether we are providing adequate community development loans and investments to businesses and non-profits in our areas, and how many hours our associates are volunteering in our communities.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Strong reading comprehension is required. Read something, and then read it again to see whether you understood it to mean the same thing the second time. Look up a law related to something you care about (e.g., if you care about equal access to housing, read the Fair Housing Act), and write down what YOU think it means. Then go online and see what others have to say about that law (lawyers, government agencies, private citizens) to see if you agree. It's a great exercise for lots of careers.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:


The Noise I Shed

From Family:

"You don't have a law degree--how can you be an 'expert' in interpreting laws? Why would you want to work for a BANK? They're evil. You're not doing anything with your college degree. Why did you even bother?"

Challenges I Overcame