Carly Byrd

VP, Tax Operations, Deutsche Bank
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What do you do for work? Give us a few reasons why you love it.
I am a US Tax Operations Subject Matter Expert working for an investment bank. Shockingly, I do love what I do because tax regulations are always changing, and there are constant challenges in the financial market to meet the changing needs for market share and customer service, which ultimately is dependent on an organization’s ability to respond to change.
 
In your opinion, what is wrong with the corporate world and how would you fix it?
Too often the focus is always results driven over the actual development of people’s self-awareness about who they are and what matters to them.
 
Who are your role models or influences? Explain what makes them special.
May sound cliché, but my mom. She was and continues to be an example of grace under pressure for me. Even more so now as a parent, I look back at how she raised me and my brothers, and aspire to have the same kind of patience and wisdom in balancing the demands of marriage, children, and career.
 
How do you measure success at work? In life?
Self-satisfaction. It can look different for people. For me, doing something that challenges me and allows me to enjoy my family while pursuing God’s reconciliation inspires me, and is a measure of a successful life.
 
What are your priorities outside work? Where do you spend your time? What do you care about?
Family, church, and cooking/eating good food. We spend a lot of our free time serving in some capacity through our church. My husband and I facilitate marriage counseling, we serve at a local food pantry, and like to spend time with our girls. Personally, I enjoy being outside – going for a run or a walk with the dog in the mornings, and then on the weekend, going to the farmers market to be inspired with fresh ingredients for my cooking.
 
What is your best or worst moment of this week?
Best and worst moment were combined. I was in Boston last week for work and went out to a bar with some colleagues. There was a dance club in the basement of the bar, and I somehow convinced my colleagues to come check it out with me. Big mistake. My much older male colleagues stood in the back of the dance club, which was filled with a much younger (even younger than me) crowd. I realized how uncomfortable they all were and we headed back up to the bar. Later one of my colleagues asked me with a look of disbelief, “Do you like that kind of music?” On one hand it was a fun evening, on the other, it highlighted the age gap I constantly face in my career. At a certain point I’ll just be an old lady wondering what crazy music my kids are listening to.