Katherine Lucas, managing director, head of technology and marketing solutions at State Street won Excellence in Marketing and Communications at Markets Media Group’s 2022 Women in Finance (US) Awards.
What was your reaction to winning the award?
Honored, of course, but the honor quickly turned to humility when I learned that I was nominated by my amazing team. Success doesn’t come from an individual, it comes from a team, and I’m truly blessed to have one of the most amazing ones in the business!
What have been the main drivers of your success?
I am outgoing, but to my surprise, my cheerful smiles and warm approach gave others the impression that I was less intelligent and lacked leadership skills. In 2015 I gave a TED talk identifying the different types of extroverts and arguing that the workplace needs them all. I’d like to think that staying true to myself has been a key driver of my success.
What is your greatest professional achievement?
Two years ago, State Street announced the acquisition of Charles River Development, and the industry watched closely as we began to execute on our vision of connecting customers’ front, middle, and back offices, which we called State Street Alpha.
The launch of this new platform-based business line that focuses on delivering a seamless end-to-end experience for our institutional clients by building a true open architecture platform from front to back office, was an important exercise in due diligence, branding and communications that has continued to take shape over the past few years. It was also a remarkable milestone for our company and for the financial sector. Since the launch of State Street Alpha we’ve seen the industry – competitors and customers alike – embrace the concepts of an open architecture platform from front office to back office, and I’m quite proud to have been a part of this transformative effort.
Tell us about a passion you have outside of business.
That’s easy: my family! I have an amazing and supportive husband and two beautiful children, a three-year-old girl and a five-year-old boy, who make me laugh and smile every day. Watching my children learn and grow is simply amazing; they have both been ice-skated, so we skate and play hockey together as a family on the weekends at the backyard ice rink in the winter. As they both start school and begin their own journeys, I hope to impress upon them the principles that have helped guide me: to always be authentic, to value kindness to others, and to understand that success grows of people
Who have been the main influences in your career?
Fundamental to my journey have been the people who have helped me navigate my career. While I’ve had some amazing managers and colleagues who have helped shape and guide me in my career, including Hannah Grove,
Nadine Chakar, Julia McCarthy, Julie Barys, Katelyn Sullivan, Andy Muncer and Jim Knowles, the two biggest influences in my career have been my mom and dad. I was taught that success can only come from hard work and focus, with a willingness to be a lifelong learner. More than the value of hard work and diligence, however, they instilled in me the belief that kindness and empathy cannot be left out of this equation.
My mother in particular, who was quite a tough executive in her day, taught me to stand up for myself and others, to create a voice and find a way to take time and be proud of my efforts and achievements and making sure I stopped for a break. recognize my fantastic team. She is, to this day, my greatest advocate and ally, reminding me to challenge myself and hold myself to high standards and to never stop learning or smiling.
What are three positive things your peers would say about you?
As I write these answers, I’m actually sitting with some of my team in a conference room, as we all sit together to better connect when we come into work, rather than sitting in individual offices. So the direct answers from them are: a positive attitude, active listening, strategic solutions and empowerment as individuals while supporting the team.