By Roadtrip Nation

Tanya Griggs


My road in life has been direct.
I went away to college but decided to come back home after one year to take a break.
My parents encouraged me to find a job, so I submitted my resume to a few companies and was hired at Northern Trust as an input operator at the trading desk.
Northern Trust had a 100% tuition reimbursement benefit, so I decided to work full time and go back to school at night to finish college.
After graduating from DePaul University with a bachelor’s degree in economics, I decided to take a role in office support to better understand global trading—and travel more!
When my husband and I decided to start a family, I was able to keep my position with Northern Trust because the company had an on-site daycare.
After about six years, I decided I wanted to move into technology—I put myself out of my comfort zone and started networking to find mentors to help me transition into technology.
I transitioned into product management, where I’ve worked for the past 14 years, innovating and integrating products throughout Northern Trust to make sure our partners’ daily tasks run smoothly.
Keep following my journey


Vice President & Product Manager

I create, integrate, and manage products throughout Northern Trust.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
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Problem Solving

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Do your research. One thing that young people have now that I didn't have is the internet. Research opportunities and learning experiences. Use the internet to your advantage to explore what's out there. Keep your end goal in mind—where do you ultimately want to end up? That goal can shift and change, but it's important to keep a goal in mind so that you know what opportunities to seek out as stepping stones. I also recommend finding mentors to help you navigate new and challenging transitions.


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"Be quiet. You're just here to be here, not to contribute."