Esther Wong
Esther Wong
Director, Legg Mason

What You’d Be Surprised to Know About Me

I’m really very reserved.

My Greatest Strength

Hard work, focus, and strong interpersonal skills (collaboration) are my greatest strengths. Having these strengths helps build relationships and contributes to getting the job done effectively.

Who Inspires Me

My mother is my inspiration. She could barely speak English and had no formal education. Yet, she was able to raise three children on her own and put them through college. She was very determined to provide a better life for her family. She motivated me to have a successful career and raise two wonderful children.

Our Most Critical Issue

I believe the most critical issue facing the Asian/Pacific-American community today is low wages, which means many in the APA community are living below the poverty line. Also, we don’t have enough representation in government.

Lessons I’ve Learned

You won’t have all the answers, but you must have the determination to get them.

My Best Career Advice

My advice would be to work hard, learn how to prioritize, be proactive, take on challenges, develop a high EQ, and build a strong professional network.

My Favorite Quote

My favorite quote is from Vince Lombardi

“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves at the task at hand.”

I like this quote, because I believe you should give it your absolute best in everything you do.