In a recent feature on The M Dash, the digital magazine of fashion startup MM.LaFleur, Mehrnaz “Naz” Vahid-Ahdieh ’85, P’17 discusses her career path, the obstacles along the way and the values and experiences that powered her success as managing director at Citi Private Bank.
As the “Woman of the Week” profile notes, when Vahid-Ahdieh “was starting out at Citibank, her boss straight-up told her she didn’t have the chops for the banking job she wanted. Fifteen years later, she became his boss—and then his boss’s boss, and… you get the picture. Along the way, she also started the bank’s first mentoring program, and went on to lead its diversity committee.”
In the interview with The M Dash, Vahid-Adieh notes the unexpected challenges of taking on new responsibilities. “But you’re never going to be really successful in your new job if you don’t let go of your old one,” she says. “And you’re not being fair to the person who took your old job, because they aren’t getting to do it. I’ve had at least nine different jobs over the 33 years I’ve been at Citi, and I’ve had to work very hard on this myself…Wanting to hold onto control comes from wanting to prove that you are the best at what you do, and that can come at the expense at getting better at something else.”
In addition to serving as the Managing Director at Citi Private Bank, Vahid-Ahdieh leads the Global Law Firm Group business, bringing more than three decades of experience to providing financial advice and services to attorney and law firm clients. In this capacity she runs a business with more than 200 employees in 14 different locations.