Linda Hsu, Managing Director, Global COO, IB Credit, Credit Suisse, has won the Trailblazer Award at the Markets Media Group’s 2021 Women in Finance (US) Awards.
Honored with this prestigious award, Mrs Hsu was “certainly surprised beyond expectations”. “It demonstrates that what I did had a real purpose,” she said.
She has been with Credit Suisse for over 10 years and nearly 20 years in the industry. “I am deeply honored and touched to receive this award and couldn’t be more proud of the work we have done,” she said.
While completing her undergraduate studies at Cornell University, Ms. Hsu had a strong eye on a career as a pediatrician. It wasn’t until her brother, a doctor in Houston, advised her to consider all opportunities beyond medicine that she found her passion in the world of finance at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration.
“It was completely different, and not what I expected. What I realized is that there is hospitality in everything. There was a concentration in finance and I been able to continue taking business courses and learning the fundamental financial fundamentals of business,” she said.
Ms Hsu said a lot of hard work, passion, drive and sacrifice has gone into her career, but a big part of her success has been great sponsorship. “I had amazing mentors, sponsors, friends and family who helped push me, helped me think outside the box and guided me to the best use of my talents,” she said.
For Ms. Hsu, her biggest inspiration is her mother, who is a single mother who raised four children on her own. “She sacrificed everything for us so that we could be where we are today. Through her I have seen perseverance, courage and dedication. She inspires me every day to do what I do “, she pointed out.
Despite all her hard work and dedication, Ms. Hsu insists that her daily motivation is her amazing team: “I have an amazing team around me and I try every day to improve the credit department by giving l example and playing a role. model, including for my children and my extended family.
Ms Hsu said that outside of work, her passion is her family and travelling. She enjoys exploring new countries and new cultures. “COVID has put a damper on that, but I really hope to continue to do that with my kids as things continue to open up.”
If Hollywood made a movie about Ms. Hsu’s life, she would like to see Angelina Jolie play the lead role as herself, as she has a very successful career as an actress, but she is also a humanitarian and promotes various causes. “She is passionate and genuine in what she believes and not afraid to speak her mind. She uses her platform in the entertainment industry to influence and be a leader of change. I would be honored if was the case.
And if Ms Hsu could dine with anyone from history, she said it would be Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of the United States and the creator of the national financial system. “I would love to sit down with him and ask him how it happened and all the details behind the song The Room Where it Happens.”
Ms. Hsu’s future goal is to devote more of her time and energy to the philanthropic cause.
efforts that are most meaningful to her. “I want to focus on giving back at this point.
through a variety of charities, whether through the advancement of women or the education of children. These are all things that are important to me, and I would really like to focus and spend more time on this.
To the next generation of women in finance, Ms. Hsu advised, “You will meet mentors and
sponsors along the way that will help open doors, but remember to try to differentiate yourself and don’t be afraid to chart your own path.