Mary Woo, CFA
Senior Corporate Strategy Analyst, Datacom

What are some of your career highlights so far?

There have been many highlights, having worked in many different industries such as Telco, Fintech, consulting, investment banking and IT and in various roles. One common thread and highlight I’ve come across throughout my career is having the privilege of meeting and working with a diverse range of talented people, people that had the qualities of humility, strong ethics and integrity in what they do, how they work and how they treated others. I have valued the shared experiences and learnings from working with them, and these experiences have guided me throughout my career.

What do you like most about your job/industry?

I am currently working in the Corporate Strategy team in the largest IT company in New Zealand. I enjoy the many challenges and opportunities that my role entails and most of all the difference we are making in our company, for our customers and the industry as a whole. No day is the same at work. The IT industry is a fast-paced and ever evolving market. Creating innovative meaningful financial models and analysis to support such a business is highly rewarding. This industry is exciting. It is an industry that enables connection, supports forward thinking and enhances collaboration.

What are your interests outside work?

I love to travel, read, do yoga, and spend time with loved ones and my fur baby. I also enjoy going on food adventures with my partner – discovering new places to eat or new food to try.

Make a prediction for 2024

Climate change will fundamentally affect everything, from the mundane of our daily lives, to how entire ecosystems, processes and networks operate. Our financial and business worlds will have to evolve to somehow support not just financial gains or rewards, but on how to heal the world for the better good. We need to enable a future for the generations that will follow us, to give them a fighting chance to not just survive, but flourish in a world that is getting more and more challenging by the day. 2024 is only a few years away but at the current rate of change, rapid adaptation and the adoption of innovative ethical solutions is of paramount importance.

About CFA Institute

CFA Institute is the global association of investment professionals whose mission is to lead the investment profession globally by promoting the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence for the ultimate benefit of society.

Go to CFA Institute