Liliana Restrepo - Highlight
Monday, March 18, 2019
I love Treasury!
I have a goal in life and to pursue it I had to make sacrifices. Back in 2006 I had just graduated with a degree in Economics when I decided that I wanted to pack my bags, leave my home and venture into a new cultural experience. I decided to head to the US to learn English and to start a new life through the Au Pair program. For those who are unfamiliar with ‘Au Pair’, it is a program for people who want to learn a language by immersing themselves in the foreign culture by staying with a family and assisting with their children. While the program lasts only two years, I knew that I did not want to come back home. Being an Au Pair was my ticket to a new and wonderful saga.
Once I finished the Au Pair program, I began planning a strategy to get a job related to my Economics degree. I started the path with a teller position and then moved on to a banker. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy retail banking. I guess I imagined the banking career a little bit differently. This pushed me back to school to pursue an MBA so that I could have more career choices. Shortly after I started school I became an accountant for a small, family business where I had the opportunity to wear many hats. I gained a ton of experience in both accounting and finance as well as managing a business.
Eventually I graduated with my MBA and moved on to a Financial Analyst position at Sears Hometown and Outlet Inc. This was my first role in the corporate world and a great step on the path I set out for myself. At the time SHO was outsourcing the Treasury duties, but they were working on bringing it back in-house. I looked more into treasury and decided to accept a new challenge and get involved.
The new treasury role has been a great challenge for me. Our first order of business was to implement a TMS (Treasury Management System), in which I had a big role. This project is almost done and it has been a great source of new experience.
It looks like my path is taking me down to a long, fascinating career in treasury. To make it official I took it upon myself to obtain the Certified Treasury Professional certification. I felt that this would give me a better idea of what to expect in a treasury career as well as give me credibility. The time commitment it took to study for my CTP test has been incredibly challenging, to the point I did not think I would actually achieve this goal. Thankfully, with the support of my amazing husband, I was able to make it. The feeling when I opened the envelope and it read “pass” was unbelievable; just priceless.
But I have to say that an even better feeling was re-gaining my free time and joining the society again. Can’t wait to spend the summer with my husband and our new Rottweiler, Saga.
Liliana M. Restrepo P.