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The fearless girl in MAKER Sara Asatiani

The four foot tall bronze statue fearless girl sends a message of empowerment and love since she first stood in front of the charging bull in March 2017. A month after her debut in lower Manhattan, across the country in Seattle, a beautifully framed photo of herself was given to Sara Asatiani on her birthday by her “fabulous teammate Christie Davenport”, se Sarah remembers. It was a difficult time of transition in Sara’s life, and this statue of a brave young girl became Sara’s source of power and strength.

“She is very special to me,” says the Morgan Stanley financial adviser. “She’s bold, stubborn and brave – and represents the girl in me who knew she was strong enough to get through this.”

Growing up as the eldest of four sisters, Sara has always loved math and “the idea that money balances things out”. She asked for a 10-key calculator for Christmas, wore business suits to dress up, and put price tags on her sister’s dolls so she could ring them on the cash register. In high school, she was an excellent swimmer and basketball player, but blew her knee at age 17, eliminating her chance to participate in varsity sports. She took business classes in college and got a job as a bank teller, which opened her world to finance. A respected senior financial advisor at a local office took note of her drive and suggested she take the Series 7 exam. Even before she graduated, “I became a licensed broker and could sell actions!”

Sara became a young mom at 20, which she calls “the best decision ever” because becoming a mother is like “becoming a CEO. You must fearlessly lean forward and steer. It took her seven years, but while raising her boys, she earned her business degree, one of her proudest accomplishments.

In 2006, at age 33, she took a leap of faith to become a financial advisor. Soon after, she noticed that few other women were doing the same thing. An avid reader, it was Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee May Our Powers Be Mighty: How Brotherhood, Prayer and Sex Changed a Nation at War and Sheryl Sandberg Lean in: women, work and the will to lead which inspired Sara to launch Women in Wealth @ Morgan Stanley ([email protected]) in 2013.

A next-generation employee networking group designed to “activate the greatness of women in our firm and in our communities,” is how Sara describes [email protected] “We do so much to make sure women are educated, nurtured and empowered to use their greatness in the world, to spend time creating transformational change,” she adds. “As financial advisors, we show clients and prospects what wealth can really do for them, which is to live, learn and love the life you design.”

She kicked off the very first chapter in Seattle. Now, with over 45 chapters across the United States, Sara’s heart is full of gratitude for the [email protected] fellowship of those who she says “have my back and are my champions.”

At 43, when Sara saw her marriage fall apart, that support became even more evident. In October, during a trip to New York, Sara wanted to see fearless girl face to face. “I had a conversation with her, went home and filed for divorce after 25 years.”

To help her through this painful transition, Sara, who is now a Certified Retirement Planning Specialist (CRPS®) and Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA™), decided to do something difficult. physically and “fell in love with tennis. It has become my medicine, my hero, my new champion. In fact, the following year she traveled to all four Grand Slam tournaments – the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open in New York.

Three years into her transformational tennis journey, she is still hitting the courts most of the time with clients or friends and aims to be playing competitively at the 4.0 level (or higher) by the end of 2021. “We are all athletes, whether we are exercising a physical muscle or our brain,” she explains. “Sport can remind us that we succeed, we fail, and we need to come back from our failures and activate our greatness.”

Recently appointed Morgan Stanley MAKER, joining a group of pioneering and accomplished women nominated by their peers, Sara believes in the power of the “MAKERS movement to share our stories, listen to and learn from each other, and collectively activate our greatness”. A big part of her story is about staying true to herself and practicing self-love so she can “pursue her [email protected] mission of passion to love and be of service to others. My superpower is to give,” adds Sara, who thanks her parents for her “heart of service,” developed over years of missionary work in Mexico as a family.

Today, fearless girl remains equally special for Sara, who admires the photo of the statue on the wall of their Seattle office. In fact, Sara had the statue airlifted and unveiled at the Leadership Summit in 2019 “to remind the women of Morgan Stanley that they are fearless, amazing, and can do anything they believe they can.”