Alexandra Lebenthal, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Lebenthal Holdings
"I am very much a believer in the advice that Sally Krawcheck gives in general to women, and that is to 'embrace failure’. Learning from mistakes is important, so much so that failure in some industries like tech, has turned into something of a badge of honor. The other meaningful element of this is that it makes you more human and gives a sense to people that you have humility and honesty.”
Alexandra comes from a long line of Wall Street leaders — her grandparents first founded Lebenthal & Company is 1925, and her grandmother solid municipal bonds with them until the age of 93. Alexandra joined Lebenthal two years after graduating from Princeton, and became President and CEO at the age of 31. Today, Lebenthal Holdings is the largest woman-owned corporate debt & equity underwriting firm in the country. Inspired by the example set by her grandmother, the firm today actively supports women’s issues and advocates for female financial advisors and clients. In addition to her involvement in cultural and philanthropic work in New York, Alexandra serves as a board member for Savvy Ladies, which provides financial planning services to women, and is an official contributor to CNBC.
Photograph via MM.LaFleur