“In my job, there is endless work that can be done. If you want to work 24/7, you can. But it’s not a healthy or sustainable path. It’s important to have a good balance.” ~Michelle Meyer, Chief Economist, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Summary: Michelle Meyer is now chief economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch after being promoted to run U.S. economics at the big bank. Running the firm’s macro model, coordinating medium-term economic forecasts, and providing timely analysis on economic data to the firm’s traders and sales force. Meyer was listed as one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 candidates of Fincance in 2017.

Nationality: American

Industry: Management & Economics

Q: What is one way you’ve changed since the start of your professional life? on theglasshammer.com

A: When I first started doing media, I was petrified. It scared me immensely, not only representing myself, but also the firm. But I pushed myself and it has been one of the best things for my career. But I learned that when an opportunity presents itself that is challenging, uncomfortable, intimidating, or it makes you want to hide under the table, that’s just the opportunity you should take.