About Megan Philbin
A competitive, driven sports fanatic and the oldest of three children, Megan grew up in a small town thirty miles west of Boston. She attended Georgetown University in Washington DC and has a B.S. in Finance along with a perpetual disappointment in her Hoyas basketball team. In 2001, Megan moved to New York City and began her career at Lehman Brothers weeks before the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11th.
The events and aftermath of 9/11 as well as the subsequent Lehman Brothers bankruptcy in September of 2008 would each be transformative experiences in Megan’s career and personal life. With the backdrop of a unified and resilient city and colleagues, Megan saw both New York and Wall Street through a softer lens.
Having begun her career in the Finance division, Megan joined the Lehman Brothers corporate bond trading desk in 2004 and remained with Barclays in October 2008 after the bankruptcy. With a specific focus on financials across the capital structure, Megan has experience trading both cash bonds & credit default swaps. She was the only female on her desk.
Throughout the years, Megan was a passionate leader on human capital initiatives, spending countless hours off the trading desk furthering agendas beyond bonds. She realized her job as a senior female trader gave her a unique platform and she felt rewarded helping young men and women tap into strengths and skills they may not have known how to hone.
Megan partnered with talent acquisition teams to coordinate strategies, initiatives, and platforms to attract, hire, and retain summer and full-time analysts. She took a leading role internally launching networking opportunities for young women across various segments of the firm, for driving the connectivity between female traders, and for spearheading the agenda to bring more women into trading seats. Megan also played a big part in external diversity efforts, bridging relationships across clients and hosting events targeting female executives across buy side firms.
In November 2015, Megan was inducted into the YWCA’s Academy of Women Leaders for her leadership, achievements in her field, and contributions to the success of other women.
Megan prides herself knowing in all her years as a NYC resident, she only went to Yankee Stadium if they were playing the Red Sox. That NYC lens wasn’t that soft.