RBC International Women’s Day 2013 – Career Snapshots

Natalie Mansoor

Natalie Mansoor

Head, Asset Management, Caribbean Banking
Personal & Commercial Banking


If you were talking to someone who’s never worked in your RBC business group, how would you describe what you do and what you like best about your job?

My job is to oversee the management of or clients’ wealth. What I like best about this job is the fact that no two days are ever the same. I like the challenge of knowing that no matter what I do I can never be perfect at my job - this keeps me interested and motivated.

What’s been the greatest challenge of your career to date and how did you deal with it?

Balancing family, intellectual pursuits as well as a full-time job has always been difficult for me. I get through it by taking one day at a time and giving myself permission to be tired, sad, angry or whatever particular emotion I need to feel at the time. Once I do this, I am then able to get over it and move on.

What advice would you give a younger woman who is at the start of her career?

Find your passion. It’s hard to fail at something you love to do so take the time necessary to discover what that is.

If you weren’t doing what you do now, what would you be doing instead?

I am passionate about so many things but at heart I am a very nurturing person so I think I would work with children or animals in some capacity, perhaps a teacher or pediatrician/veterinarian.

Aside from spending time with family and friends, what’s your favourite thing to do when you have time to yourself?

Definitely shopping is my #1 hobby but I also enjoy and appreciate just having time to think.

Who has been the most inspiring woman in your own life and why?

Both my grandmothers never had the opportunity to get much past a primary education, however they were both innately so intelligent, bright, lively, talented. I always wondered what they could have been if they had had an opportunity to develop their skills and I think this sense of loss I felt on their behalf made me determined to make the most of my talents, my opportunities, my time.

Finally, any comment, words of advice or quote you live your life by and would like to share?

I think it is important to be brave and trust your instincts. I think women by nature tend to spend a lot of time questioning their greatness and usually this just results in wasted time and effort. Accept the fact that you are great and spend your time and effort determining what you want to do with it.