Photo: Bloomberg TV
The summer slump has not hit markets yet. With everything that’s going on in Europe, we’re constantly staring at the TV waiting for the next shoe to drop. That means we’ve been seeing a lot of Bloomberg TV’s Sheila Dharmarajan lately.And that’s a good thing. She’s one smart cookie—Wharton undergrad, Stanford MBA, with a past career in finance.
It’s no wonder her friends nicknamed her after He-Man’s sidekick, the Princess of Power. We’re glad she came to our side (journalism) and we’re even more glad she filled out Business Insider’s survey. Check it out below:
Name: Sheila Dharmarajan
Hometown: Grew up in Pittsburgh, PA (Go Steelers!), but was born in New Orleans so have a soft spot for anything Cajun.
Birthday: October 15
Personal Motto: Chance favours the prepared
Where did you go to school?
University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School) for undergrad and Stanford Business School for my MBA
What was your first job?
I was a temp secretary in high school to save money for college. After college, I was investment banking analyst at DLJ.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Kinda random, but either a concert pianist or Supreme Court justice.
What was your proudest day at work?
I will never forget the first deal I closed – Charles River Laboratories – a company that amongst other things, breeds rats for laboratory testing.
But more recently for Bloomberg TV, covering the Occupy Wall Street protests while literally standing in the middle of the crowds was a very intense experience. And getting a personal email from James Cameron (of Avatar/Titanic fame) after I did an interview with him was pretty cool as well.
What was your biggest screw up at work?
Combo of breaking news and live TV means there are screw-ups all the time! But when I was covering the MF Global hearings in Washington, I remember standing in front of the camera in between hits, randomly talking to my producer, and we were still live!
Too many to name! But my standby is “To Kill A Mockingbird.”
What do you collect (by accident or design)?
Magazines! I’m a big magazine reader and always have a stack sitting around in my apartment with pages thumbnailed of articles or pictures I want to revisit.
What can’t you leave home without?
Mobile phone…for sure. And, flip-flops for wearing around the office.
What’s sitting on your nightstand right now?
My iPad, Kindle, vitamins, water and of course, a stack of magazines.
What’s your pet peeve?
Returning stuff I bought on the Internet…it takes me ages!
favourite place to be alone?
Central Park – whether it’s running the Loop or my walk home from work.
favourite place/person to get advice?
My husband. No matter the situation, he’s always able to bring the big picture perspective.
What do you eat for breakfast?
Usually it’s coffee + cheerios and/or oatmeal. If it’s a rough morning…I’ll spring for an omelet + toast.
What’s your favourite way to get some exercise?
I’m a runner at heart, but have recently been trying to swim/cycle more. Finishing a triathlon is definitely on my bucket list!
Do you have a nickname?
If so, what is it? “Sheils” or “SD” are the most common. But in elementary school it was all about “She-Ra” (princess of power).
Wall Street Journal or Financial Times?
Both, but if I’m crunched for time it’s the WSJ. And of course, Bloomberg!