Meet Jasmin

Hi, my name is Jasmin, I’m an 80’s Millennial and work in the financial services industry in NY. I grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia and was raised by parents from different worlds – German and Indonesian / Chinese. Despite the many cultural differences, I consider myself lucky to have this diversity early on, be able to adapt more easily and have the best of both worlds be part of who I am. 

I love the outdoors – biking, beach bumming, soccer, hiking but I also enjoy quiet time at home watching movies and mainly procrastinating making lists and schedules I never follow. Foot massages and discovering neighborhood coffee shops are also high on my interest list. I wish I could say I love to cook but really just love the eating part, especially desserts. I’m most passionate about exploring new places and going on spontaneous adventures. My next travel plans would need to include South Africa, Banff National Park in Canada, and Croatia.

Who has been your role model?

I can’t say I have one specific role model but I look for qualities in women that I admire and find inspiring. These are usually women who have overcome hardship, are courageous and persevered by never giving up. At the end, they came out stronger and despite their struggles, they seem to always want to help others in need. In my industry, there are still too few women role models, but those I look up to display a quality of strength and confidence. They aren’t afraid to dance to the beat of their own drum, stand up for what is right and try to help others along the way. After all, we are stronger together. Two public figures that came to mind as role models I think I could learn a lot from are Oprah or Michelle O.

Who have you been a role model to?

Hmm, I find this question harder to answer - it’s quite a bold statement. I don’t know if I have touched other women the way my role models have inspired me. I aspire to be one for those I interact and connect with. Growing up in a developing country and moving to Italy and then NY didn’t come easy and hopefully is inspiring for those who want to step out of their comfort zone and challenge themselves. Through work, I also took on opportunities to work in Jaipur, Mauritius, Singapore, and Milan to keep things interesting and experience new adventures professionally and personally. It can be terrifying at first but you will find it worthwhile. Last year, I joined a group of motivated women at work to provide other women opportunities to connect with senior leaders with the objective to raise their profiles. At the beginning, this was more out of selfish reasons to get to know peers across different areas and enable a network of support and exposure to leaders across the firm. However, hope it transpired to encourage other women to promote themselves, make their voices heard and not be afraid to ask for help! We are all going through different journeys and sometimes it’s important to take life not too seriously.

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