Celebrating Moms in Business & Finance

Mary Ann Delos Santos

Private Trader and Publishing Executive

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What is your background, and how did you get into the financial industry?

I am a mother to two sons. I am a teacher by profession and an executive director for a publishing company…I wanted to have more money and thought about how. My sister Charmel (author of Highheeled Trader) is an inspiration. I made plans and luckily people who trusted me helped build my capital.

Were you successful initially, or did you have problems at first? If the latter, how did you keep motivated and pushing forward?

I didn’t know what to do most of the time but I always kept my hopes high. I am grateful to have learned from the mistakes. I ask questions, I study, and read to learn more. I kept my motivations strong by being focused on having more money than I already have. I was thinking that the more money I have, the more I can share with others, and I believed that it was possible.

Can you tell us a little bit about your current job and what you do?

I am a home-based teacher of the English language online to Korean, Japanese, and Turkish students. I am also working for a publishing company.

Do you have any secrets for balancing being a mom with succeeding in your professional life?

Moms are a “Jackie of almost all trades” (doctor, events organizer, photographer, manager, nurse, plumber, carpenter, electrician, painter, researcher, chef, driver, musician, guidance counselor, artist, seamstress, maid, chaperone and so much more). They also have an unknown super strength that comes up when they need it. I am not sure if it is much of a secret but most moms just do so well at everything and never fail to feel so accomplished and happy. Moms, I salute all of us for jobs well done!

What advice would you give to a busy mom who is interested in entering or moving up in your industry?

First, she should have an unwavering desire to move up (make time and put in effort for it). Second, believe in herself and that her desire is possible. Third, be adaptable to changes, Fourth, be grateful and happy.

What keeps you motivated?

I have children. I want much better and much happier lives for them and everyone (myself included). They are enough reason.

Can you share a little about your family with us?

I am separated from my children’s father, I have two sons, one of which is about to go to university (aged 17) he is a percussionist, and another is about to go to middle school he wants to be in the armed forces in the future (aged 12). I had a not so easy time and I am grateful because I got to know how strong I am. We care for each other and love one another. We go out for dinner when I had enough of my cooking, watch movies every once in a while, we see to it that we save money and spend for priorities. We do splurge on what we like if we think we have earned and deserve it.

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