Women’s History Month Q&A with Tamara Suvil

Women’s History Month is a time to come together to celebrate and recognize the achievements and contributions of women throughout the years. For this Women’s History Month, we sat down Tamara Suvil, a New Jersey-based Community Manager at JPMorgan Chase who connects diverse individuals to financial health resources. She discusses her career journey, shares tips on taking charge of your finances and other recommendations to achieving success.

1. What has been key to your success throughout your career?

My parents immigrated from Haiti and their strong work ethic has profoundly influenced my career success. Inspired by their sacrifice and dedication to supporting our family in a new country, I’ve embraced their perseverance and adaptability as a guiding principle. Alongside leadership, integrity, and continuous learning, their example motivates me to be a positive influence for my peers and to constantly improve my skills for the betterment of my team and community.

2. Looking back, what is one thing you wish you knew when you were first starting out in your career?

Reflecting on my early days in banking 11 years ago, I wish I had realized the significance of time management and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. At that time, I often found myself overwhelmed with work related tasks, neglecting personal time and relationships. As I climbed the proverbial corporate latter, I dedicated all of my thoughts and time to progressing in my career. In the process, I neglected important relationships and indulging in my favorite activities.  

Recognizing the importance of self-care, taking time off, and prioritizing relationships has significantly improved my productivity and mental well-being, enhancing my overall career trajectory. I encourage women in the workforce to embrace moments of self-care, whether it’s indulging in that dream vacation or simply taking a walk to unwind.

3. What are some tips for women to take charge of their career and finances?

I recommend networking with other women in the workplace and seeking mentorship to enhance interpersonal and communication skills. This not only elevates visibility with leaders and peers, but also fosters effective networking and provides clear direction for career advancement.

Taking charge of your finances is equally as significant as establishing yourself in your career. As a community manager with JPMorgan Chase, I lead financial health workshops that emphasize the importance of organization and being intentional with your budgeting and spending. I always advocate adopting the SMART system—ensuring financial goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timebound.

A strong financial foundation doesn’t just bolster your economic security – it elevates every aspect of your life, including your career. It empowers choices, reduces stress, and sets the stage for long-term success. 

4. How has your local community shaped you and what are your recommendations to others for achieving success?

In 2013, I joined Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., which has not only bolstered my resume but has also been a source of invaluable mentorship and support from a network of Black women in my community, molding my career aspirations.

Through my sorority and professional experiences over the years, I’ve gained insightful tips for achieving success and recommend engaging in ongoing training and development. It is never too late to hone in on your skills and perfect your trade. As you grow in your career, remain confident and always carry yourself as your own brand in every room you enter, knowing you belong and deserve to be there.

5. How can people get involved to celebrate and support women at work?

To celebrate and support women at work, I suggest joining women empowerment groups and organizations. Here, you can learn from women across various industries, ethnic backgrounds, and cultures, fostering a diverse and inclusive environment.

Within the workspace,  it’s crucial to embrace diversity openly and to actively recognize and promote women for their achievements. While women have overcome numerous challenges, having advocates and allies is essential to our continued progress forward.

This content is sponsored by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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