Leader Spotlight

Genkin.StephanieStephanie Genkin (Young Leader 2005)

What do you like most about Switzerland? 

The best thing about Switzerland is that it’s clean and orderly. Things work. The label “Swiss made” is synonymous with high quality: Chocolate, watches, knives, cheese – you name it.

What do you like most about the U.S.?

I am excited about the growing popularity of ideas festivals and forums. There is a genuine excitement around the country for new ways of thinking. Thought leaders are the new rock stars.  (There’s an ideas festival in my head 24/7 so I’m delighted that the country is finally catching up.)

What defines your leadership style?

I try to lead by listening and using the best of what people have to offer. Delegating, trust and a sense of humor is important as well.

Who inspires you?

My 17- year-old niece Rachel, who will be a freshman at Georgetown this fall. She is ambitious, hard-working and fun-loving. She believes she can change the world and it makes me want to keep trying.

What is your greatest achievement?

Completing NYU’s Financial Planning program while working at CNN full-time and then passing the 10-hour CFP® Examination this spring. (I was never a “math person” so this is HUGE)

Do you have any weaknesses?

I have many weaknesses – too many to name. Let’s just say I have a jewelry problem and that Bedouin silver is my preference.

Where do you live?

In brownstone in Brooklyn, NY.

What is your favorite place in the world?

My apartment after a long day. I have so many great souvenirs, art and collectibles from travels to the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and Cuba. The whole world is in my apartment, literally.

What is the best book you ever read?

Two of my favorites are Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick and Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life By Sari Nusseibeh. But my friends would tell you it’s Fifty Shades of Grey.

What is your goal in life? 

To change the way people think about and manage their money. I want to democratize financial planning and teach folks what they can do with limited resources. It’s very empowering.