As assistant vice president at Boston Partners Financial Group in Andover, Mass., Michaela Scott helps people realize their financial goals. Scott’s position as part of the Boston Partners management team is to provide individuals, families and business owners with the information they need to make educated decisions to accomplish their financial objectives.
Scott has always enjoyed reading the newspaper and being civically engaged, which is why she entered Saint Anselm as a politics major. Today, Scott relates what she learned in her politics classes to the world of finance. “In the financial services industry I do not feel it is enough to simply know your clients and the products and services of your firm, but also what is happening in your client’s town, the nation and internationally. Studying politics taught me how to access the correct information, digest and connect it to my client’s situation. This has proven invaluable,” she says.
On-campus involvement was extremely important to Scott. She participated in service trips to India, Ghana and Costa Rica, and was a resident assistant. She was president of the senior class and a member of the Elizabeth Seton Society. She also played lacrosse and was in the Honors Program. “Being involved gave me exposure to things I did not know I was passionate about,” she says.
Scott’s involvement allowed her to adapt quickly, a quality that is critical in the business world. “The business world is demanding, but professional development is not a short-term vision.” Boston Partners offers an extensive training program, and beyond that Scott took classes in financial planning at Merrimack College. She plans to continue to educate herself in specific areas of financial planning, such as business and estate planning.
Throughout her career, Scott has been recognized for her dedication to clients. She is a John Hancock “Achieving Client Excellence” conference qualifier and was also named “New Associate of the Year” by Boston Partners.
Scott’s father attended Saint Anselm, so it was never a question that she would visit the campus when making her college decision. “When I left Alumni Hall for my tour and walked out to the quad I felt an immediate connection to the campus,” she says.