In The Bustle Booth With Samantha Saperstein, Head Of Women On The Move At JPMorgan Chase

Photo: Courtesy of Samantha Saperstein; Design: Allison Gore/Bustle.

When influential women hang out with Bustle editors, we want to give them the chance to leave their mark. Literally. So we hand them a pen, a piece of paper, a few questions, and ask them to get creative. The rest is up to them. In this special edition, we partnered with JPMorgan Chase to showcase women who are finding success on their own terms. Here, Samantha Saperstein, head of Women on the Move at JPMorgan Chase, leaves her mark in the Bustle Booth.

Within minutes of sitting down to chat with Samantha Saperstein, the tone of our conversation shifted away from your standard reporter-subject rapport and evolved into something that felt a lot more like an inspiring conversation between a mentee and respected mentor.

In the midst of me collecting details on JPMorgan Chase's Women on the Move initiative — a program that not only supports women in their careers at JPMorgan Chase, but is also giving them tools and resources to improve their financial health and helping women-run businesses gain access to capital — Saperstein made her own successful career trajectory feel not only admirable, but also totally attainable. Her best piece of advice? Don't just follow your passion — follow your curiosity, too.

"Curiosity will open up more doors," says Saperstein, who explained that allowing herself to explore her own curiosities ultimately led her from a career in journalism to earning an MBA, and now a successful career with JPMorgan Chase. "Study things that open up more worlds. Take jobs that give you more experience for the future. You don’t have to know everything at an early age about what you want to do, but I think if you get a range of experience and you meet a lot of people, that will open the doors for you."

If that doesn't inspire you to pursue your career and your dreams on your own terms, then keep reading to learn more about the woman who's helping JPMorgan Chase empower women everywhere:

Photo: Courtesy of Samantha Saperstein; Design: Allison Gore/Bustle.

This post is sponsored by JPMorgan Chase.