Susan Heck never planned a career in finance. With aPhD in international education from StanfordUniversity, Heck pursued careers in Italian literature,teaching and community activism. In reflecting on hernearly 30-year career in finance, Heck acknowledgesthere is more than one way to navigate a meaningfullife.
Early roads traveled
In the 1960s, inspired by travel abroad, Heck pursueda master’s degree in Italian literature. While she lovedthe field, she felt she was not cut out to work in whatshe perceived to be an all-male ivory tower. So sheheaded off to Washington, DC in a borrowed VW. Heck found work at the Experiment in InternationalLiving introducing foreign exchange students to the workings of US government. At night she tutoredinner city youth, and was drawn to helping young people advance through education.Wanting more practical teaching experience, Heck joined the Peace Corps in Africa. Assigned toEthiopia, she worked both in the classroom and at the Ministry of Education, co-editing the national
There is more than one way to lead a life
By Lauren Aguilar
on Friday, January 13, 2012 - 2:41pm
The Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research is committed to empowering women’s voices and leadership on the Stanford campus and beyond. To promote this goal, the Clayman Institute is publishing profiles of our Advisory Council, women and men who have volunteered their time and energy to creating greater gender equality. Over the course of the year, student writers will interview council members-- representing many communities, including financial, legal, non-profit, and entrepreneurial. We hope these profiles will inspire, as well as begin a dialogue with our readers about what it takes to exercise voice and influence in the areas that matter to you. We will ask each of the council members to share their histories, paths to success, and career advice.