A Mexican-American woman whose parents supported her by peddling snow cones rose through the ranks of Goldman Sachs to land a $340,000-a-year banking job — and then did the unthinkable. She quit.
By the time I was 27, five years into my career at Goldman, I had been promoted from analyst to associate, and from associate to vice president. I had gone from making $10,000 as an intern to making over $340,000 as a vice president.
Sitting at her desk at Goldman Sachs, Julissa Arce is doing her best to keep it together. It’s September 2007. Her father is dying in Taxco de Alarcón, a small and hilly city in Mexico, and she has just hung up after a call from her sister with bad news.