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I no longer wanted to do what I was good at, with Shamrose Ali

Name: Shamrose Ali

City and State: Dallas, Texas

Occupation: Strategic Vendor Sourcing Manager

Shamrose, your journey in banking started and took off quickly. Tell us how you went from bank teller to the youngest manager in your region.

When I became a teller at the age of 18, I knew I wanted to excel and grow within the banking industry. I enjoyed helping customers consolidate their debt and help them with their financial goals. With my passion to help my clients, I was able to build strong relationships with them. That lead to increasing the revenue and building a strong base for my branch. As the upper management saw my passion and skill set, I was quickly promoted from being a Personal Banker to Senior Personal Banker and then a Branch Manager. The growth continued to spur as the management saw I was able to grow the branch financially and handle all the operations. I went from Entry Level Training Branch Manager to Level 3 Manager within 18 months.

Bold Women Society is known for sharing stories of women who shatter the status quo. Many people considered you successful at a very young age, but you made the decision to quit. How did you come to that decision?

I wanted to do more with my life. Although I still enjoy helping my close friends and family with their financial goals, I wanted to do more than just banking. I wanted to challenge myself in a corporate setting environment. I decided I was going to do my MBA and transition into a corporate job. In 2016, I completed my MBA within 12 months at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb. I then ventured out and became an independent consultant for several firms to help them with their operations and credit review needs.

At one point after you received your master's, you and your husband relocated. The opportunity was there to go into banking, but what did you choose to do instead?

I decided to not look into banking. Worse case, if I never found a job, I would have gone back to banking. But since I had gotten my Real Estate License back in Chicago, that information on my resume because quite useful. I took on a position as an Site Acquisition Specialist for a private firm Telecom in Charlotte, NC.

You made another move from Charlotte to Dallas, and wound up working for a telecom company that was not the right fit. What did you decide to do after that?

With the knowledge and skill set I have, I wanted to again venture out on my own. I decided to launch my Consulting Company and consult for private companies within Telecom. I had the knowledge of Real Estate and Construction and the need for skilled individuals is definitely there in the Telecom Industry. I was able to network and connect with a lot of

individuals and take on various projects.

Bold Women Society's vision is a world where every woman unapologetically pursues her dreams because she has the confidence to be bold, the courage to be authentic, and the power that comes from being supported. How does this vision compare to your own career journey?

Every time I decided to be "Bold" and step out of my comfort zone, I succeeded tremendously.

"I always choose to believe in myself and my work ethic. I know that if I am handling situations in the right manner, and accomplishing the goals I set for myself, I will succeed."

I have been extremely blessed in Banking and in the Telecom Industry. I continue to have mentors and I learn everyday. I take the time to journal and line out my goals daily. In any career, I would say that having the right mentor, and the willingness to learn and develop yourself is very important.

During an interview with the company you work for, you decided to lay it all out, and tell them exactly what you wanted. How did that turn out? And what advice would you give to other women who are hesitating to do the same?

I was completely honest. Normally we all say what the employer wants to hear so we can land "the dream job". I decided I needed to be honest and let this company know my future plans and how I plan to continue to Consult on the side. My biggest advice to anyone is be honest. Integrity goes a long way. Tell your company what you want and what your goals are. A Company that has great leaders will always be willing to help you and support you in your goals as well. Always be respectful and professional. I also have no filter sometimes so I say it how it is. My company appreciates the honesty from my end.

What kind of impact do you see Bold Women Society making on women who are saying no to the status quo?

The Impact I see is great. It allows women to come out of their comfort zone and truly be bold. We need more of that and we need other women to be willing to step out of their comfort zone.

Anything else you want to share with us?

Do not be afraid to change careers and take on challenges. The only way to grow is to step out of your comfort zone and learn new things. I can honestly say, if I never challenged myself, I would have still been in banking. But either way, I love what I do!

A question we ask everyone...what do you want to be known for?

I want to be known as the girl that made the change and helped others out of their comfort zone. I truly believe in the fact that if someone else can do it, so can I, and that goes a long way. Nothing should stop me from accomplishing my goals!

My favorite quote is...

“You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

Connect with Shamrose via @Shamroseali on Instagram and on LinkedIn

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