Last week, I got together with some former colleagues from USAA. I attended a luncheon hosted by the President of USAA’s Bank. He is leaving the company and he held this event to commemorate the time he spent on the Finance team.Not long after I joined the Bank Finance team – and before I moved to Bank Product Management – he became the Bank’s Senior Financial Officer. I was fortunate to work under his leadership and came to see him as a friend and mentor, in addition to the head guy.
Right around the time I progressed into Product Management was when he ascended to Bank President. About a year later, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.I owe him – and many of the other leaders of the Bank and USAA, especially my manager at the time – a great deal of gratitude for the warmth and understanding they displayed towards my illness.
It was as new for me as it was for them. My job required a great deal of face-to-face interaction with areas around the Bank and USAA which makes the flexibility they provided that much more remarkable.They allowed me to work from home three days a week, my business trips were greatly reduced and it was understood (and encouraged) that work took a backseat to treatments and doctor appointments to treat my MS.
Many of the folks that were invited to this luncheon still work at USAA so I was flattered by the invite and gracious to still be considered part of the team!
….and, my experience at the lunch last week leads me to the #9 thing you might not know about (my) MS.
Come back on Monday to read about it!