Full Circle: A memoir of leaning in too far and the journey back

Full Circle: A memoir of leaning in too far and the journey back

by Erin Callan Montella


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In Full Circle, Erin Callan Montella traces her experiences as a young girl in Queens, New York to the highest-ranking woman on Wall Street during the financial crisis as chief financial officer of Lehman Brothers in 2008. Erin recounts her path of achievement starting as a promising young student and athlete and, ultimately, how she allowed her career and its demands to become the center of her life. She sacrificed all other priorities and relationships along the way, throwing work-life balance to the wind. The story reveals the subtleties of the everyday decisions that led collectively to a work-centric existence over a twenty-year career.

Set against the backdrop of the dramatic circumstances at Lehman Brothers in 2008, Erin discloses her own struggle as events spiraled out of control. Ultimately, her resignation from her executive role prior to the Lehman bankruptcy resulted in a devastating personal crisis as her career crumbled revealing little to no foundation beneath it. We learn of the journey back to change her life with a semblance of present day peace and happiness. Full Circle provides a unique inside and emotional perspective of the sacrifices Erin made to achieve extreme career success and the self-awareness required to return to being the fundamentally grounded person she was as a child.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997382112
Publisher: Triple M Press
Publication date: 03/21/2016
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Erin Callan Montella was the chief financial officer of Lehman Brothers and a member of its Executive Committee during the height of the financial crisis from late 2007 until mid-2008. Prior to holding the CFO position, she held various business head positions over a dozen years throughout the now defunct investment bank. Erin was a corporate tax lawyer at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, a New York-based law firm for five years prior to joining Lehman Brothers in 1995. Erin graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1987 and thereafter received a law degree from NYU Law School in 1990.

Erin's tenure as CFO of Lehman Brothers extended through the Bear Stearns collapse and ended prior to Lehman's bankruptcy filing. She was the public face of Lehman during this tumultuous period and her role was widely covered by the media both at the time and in the aftermath of the crisis. She was recognized in 2007 as a "Woman to Watch" by Fortune Magazine in their annual review of the "Most Powerful Women in Business" and the Wall Street Journal. The New York Post ranked her as the third most powerful woman in New York in 2008.

Erin grew up In Douglaston, New York, a neighborhood in Queens. She is married to Anthony Montella and has a daughter, Margaret Mary Montella.

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