Marianne Van Meter

Describe an innovative moment in your career trajectory.

I was in my tenth year of investment banking, working for a large national firm, living in New Orleans with three children under the age of five, and spending as much time on a plane as with my clients. On this particular day, I was supposed to explain to a potential client that I could not personally run the assignment to sell the company - which he had founded 40 years prior and poured his time, family, money and heart into - because my job was business development not execution. In fact, I could not even take the assignment for my firm because the transaction size was slightly below our threshold. Instead, I told him I would be pleased to sell his company myself. That was the birth of Legacy Capital, and I’m still happily running my own deals 25 years later.

What is one piece of advice you wish someone had given you early in your career?

The one piece of advice that I wish someone had given me early in my career is “Always have a growth mindset. You truly can do anything if you work hard enough. Don’t avoid opportunities because you think you don’t have the talent or the skill required. Earn it.”

What is your favorite thing about working with Tulane student entrepreneurs?

My favorite thing about working with Tulane entrepreneurs is seeing their nearly universal desire to create financially successful businesses that also make the world a better place.