(American Businessperson)
Born: 1969

Adena Friedman Quotes

Play well with others.

Play well with others.

–Adena Friedman
The best thing we can do with rejection is to make it a learning experience

The best thing we can do with rejection is to make it a learning experience – rejection is a great teacher.

–Adena Friedman
Every time you feel entitled, you're making a mistake.

Every time you feel entitled, you’re making a mistake.

–Adena Friedman
Even the mundane task may have something to teach you...

Even the mundane task may have something to teach you – especially if it’s a task you haven’t performed before.

–Adena Friedman
By definition, risk exposes businesses to danger.

By definition, risk exposes businesses to danger.

–Adena Friedman
I've always been on the business side...

I’ve always been on the business side – running P&L and working with clients.

–Adena Friedman
If it's a cliche to say that intellectual curiosity keeps your mind sharp...

If it’s a cliche to say that intellectual curiosity keeps your mind sharp, your senses alert, and your capabilities cutting-edge, that’s because it’s true.

–Adena Friedman
I would like to be known as a great leader...

I would like to be known as a great leader, not as a great woman leader.

–Adena Friedman
Entry-level jobs are excellent opportunites to educate young women...

Entry-level jobs are excellent opportunities to educate young women about the realities of the financial world and can prepare them for the next move up within the firm or another area of the financial industry.

–Adena Friedman
Starting a new job can be nerve-racking...

Starting a new job can be nerve-racking, but it’s also exciting. You’re embarking on a new future, positioning yourself to write a fresh story on a clean slate.

–Adena Friedman
A leader who listens is one who is malleable and willing to refine her views and actions

A leader who listens is one who is malleable and willing to refine her views and actions as she learns new information or hears a better idea.

–Adena Friedman
Be the optimist in the room.

Be the optimist in the room.

–Adena Friedman
Don't assume that opportunity will come to you....

Don’t assume that opportunity will come to you. Put yourself forward when there is an opportunity.

–Adena Friedman
I was always first in, last out, but not inefficiently.

I was always first in, last out, but not inefficiently.

–Adena Friedman
Empowering those around you to be heard and valued makes the difference...

Empowering those around you to be heard and valued makes the difference between a leader who simply instructs and one who inspires.

–Adena Friedman
If you're not making use of even the most routine assignment to learn something...

If you’re not making use of even the most routine assignment to learn something, realize that many of your colleagues and coworkers are.

–Adena Friedman
I like the idea of using all this science and technology...

I like the idea of using all this science and technology to allow our clients to have a deeper insight into the market.

–Adena Friedman
Listen to clients, employees, and peers and stay open to their ideas...

Listen to clients, employees, and peers and stay open to their ideas, feedback, and answers. Doing so is vital to the success of any leader.

–Adena Friedman
There are a lot of jobs in the financial industry that do need a math major.

There are a lot of jobs in the financial industry that do need a math major.

–Adena Friedman
Always be listening and learning.

Always be listening and learning.

–Adena Friedman
You can't be successful in business without taking risks.

You can’t be successful in business without taking risks. It’s really that simple.

–Adena Friedman
Some companies have a very well-defined program that they bring young people...

Some companies have a very well-defined program that they bring young people into to help them figure out what they really like to do to get them exposure to senior management early.

–Adena Friedman
The best thing we can do with rejection is to make it a learning experience

The best thing we can do with rejection is to make it a learning experience – rejection is a great teacher.

–Adena Friedman
The ability to have influence and create change and drive the strategy of an organization is really what excites me.

The ability to have influence and create change and drive the strategy of an organization is really what excites me.

–Adena Friedman
Nobody gets through life without experiencing some form of rejection, which is why everybody knows how awful it feels.

Nobody gets through life without experiencing some form of rejection, which is why everybody knows how awful it feels.

–Adena Friedman
The financial service industry has an image issue.

The financial service industry has an image issue.

–Adena Friedman
Regardless of how or where you enter Wall Street, use your inherent skills and strengths to succeed.

Regardless of how or where you enter Wall Street, use your inherent skills and strengths to succeed.

–Adena Friedman
You need to have a lot of human judgment involved in the financial industry in terms of risk management...

You need to have a lot of human judgment involved in the financial industry in terms of risk management, in terms of investment decisions, and things that really allow us to blend the best of technology and the human brain.

–Adena Friedman
Ideas are only as good as your ability to communicate them.

Ideas are only as good as your ability to communicate them.

–Adena Friedman
If someone gives you an opportunity, you better maximize it so that he wants to give you the next one.

If someone gives you an opportunity, you better maximize it so that he wants to give you the next one.

–Adena Friedman
Nasdaq is investing in the technologies, talent, and capabilities

Nasdaq is investing in the technologies, talent, and capabilities that solve the complex challenges our clients face.

–Adena Friedman
It's important to experience as many parts of an organization as you can

It’s important to experience as many parts of an organization as you can – because someday, you may have the chance to lead that organization.

–Adena Friedman
Rejection should ignite soul-searching, and the soul-searching must be absolutely honest. -- Adena Friedman

Rejection should ignite soul-searching, and the soul-searching must be absolutely honest.

–Adena Friedman