This article is part of our #40over40 series.
This is our time! We’re stronger when we work together to lift other women up. Evolve is creating the list we've been waiting for -- the first-ever 40 Over 40 list! We're curating profiles of women who have or are in the process of reinventing their careers in their 40s, 50, 60s and beyond. We're thrilled to share these stories of reinvention - women returning to work, pivoting careers or launching new ventures!
Meet Jamie Easton, Founder and CEO of the Uptick, a weekly financial newsletter aimed at empowering women's through increasing their knowledge of the business and financial sectors. Jamie has nearly 20 years of professional experience in the financial services industry. Prior to founding the Uptick, she was a Managing Director at Evercore, a premier, independent, global investment banking advisory firm.
What prompted your career reinvention?
While I feel most confident discussing finance and business, I know that most women do not. Women generally have strong opinions on political/world/entertainment news; however, many feel left out of the conversation when it comes to discussing business/finance. It's 2020 and this needs to change. There was only so much I could do as a senior woman at an investment bank to help others - and I thought starting my own company was the only clear path to inspire and empower other women.
What's the best thing about midlife career change? Being the Founder and CEO of a start-up media company is truly incredible, especially in my 40s. I spent so many years in the corporate world, working for and directly with CEOs. I always admired the vision and passion that these CEOs brought to the companies they oversaw, so it is truly empowering to be in the CEO seat now.
What's the biggest challenge?
Every day, my role is different and requires me to wear different hats. I need to balance time spent as editor-in-chief, CMO, head of partnerships, head of PR - and problem solve on the go. Prior to founding The Uptick, my career was spent in finance, so the world of media is all new to me.
What's your personal mantra or mission? Why? I hope to empower women with accessible knowledge so they can start forming real interest in business and the markets, and hopefully gain enough confidence to ultimately invest and take hold of their financial futures.
Your best career advice for other women at midlife is...
Take chances and bet on yourself (so long as you have a solid financial footing under you)!