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Margo Skorupska
Senior Account Manager
by Jake Liban Pezzack

"I've never taken the easy road. Anything worthwhile requires dedication and graft. That's something I've always committed myself to."

A story of persistence and passion, Margo Skorupska's professional career has been defined by a steadfast work ethic, and resolute commitment to progress. A veteran of multiple industries, Margo currently serves as a Senior Account Manager with EXANTE. In a moment of reflection, I ask her about the importance of an aspirational outlook. The frankness of her answer is refreshing. "I've always known I was ambitious. I couldn't tell you where it stems from, but I've always had this innate desire for self-improvement."

One only has to look as far as Margo's academic credentials to see this ambition in action. Undertaking her university study across four separate institutions, Margo trained to become a qualified architect, and upon receiving certification, worked within the industry for a total of fifteen years.

"I was told my studies would be too difficult. I was dissuaded at every turn, but I kept at it. I had to rely on myself."
Designing residential structures, spas, swimming pools, gyms and office buildings, Margo speaks fondly of her time as an architect. "It was character building. My role was very hands-on. I was right there in the thick of it: high-visibility jacket, hard-hat, you name it. But after fifteen years, I needed a change."

Whilst living in Cyprus, the opportunity presented itself. Taking the creativity and management skills she'd honed whilst designing infrastructure, Margo opted for a fresh start within the financial industry.

"In 2012, I started working with Saxo Bank. I stayed there for 5 years as a Relationship Manager/Sales Trader. I retrained, and eventually I was certified with an ACI dealing certificate. The rest, as they say, is history."

Head-hunted by EXANTE's recruitment specialists, Margo has been one of our leading Account Managers since 2019.

How do you feel EXANTE champions and supports their female employees?
Considering that 3 of the top 5 spots are currently occupied by women, I think it's the females who are championing EXANTE!
Tell us more about your current role. What excites you most about working for EXANTE?
I work as Senior Account Manager, so I'm responsible for all of our client's onboarding processes. I strive to ensure that they're satisfied with all of the services they receive. Being able to resolve issues and complications provides me with a great deal of satisfaction. Seeing our client list expand is always a pleasurable thing to witness.
Is there a particular accomplishment you've been most proud of?
Since joining the company, I have achieved a record amount of new account openings. That's something I feel incredibly proud of.
How do you think we can incentivise more women to pursue careers in the FinTech sector?
Showcasing what the women of EXANTE have attained should be enough of an incentive! I think the industry is pretty diverse, but there's always room for improvement. Thankfully, this company is an excellent example of what can be achieved when the right ethos is adopted.
What have been some of the most challenging aspects of your career? How did you surmount those obstacles?
When I started working at Saxo Bank, I felt like something of a black sheep. I was new, inexperienced, and had to work twice as hard to catch up with my peers. With the right amount of resolve, I was able to prove myself and get ahead. I carried those skills into EXANTE, and I haven't looked back since.
Who or what has been the principal guiding force in your work life?
I've always relied on my independence. The most important guiding force in my life has always been me.
Who are some of your heroes?
My grandfather. He died when I was eight years old, but he was a huge influence on my outlook during those formative years. He took part in the Warsaw Uprising when he was only a teenager. Those events meant I was able to live in a free country. Even today, his influence remains indelible. When I reflect on the person he was, it makes me feel proud and patriotic. If it wasn't for him, I don't think I'd be the person I am.
What is something that people usually get wrong about you?
People seem to think I'm very tough. I don't feel that way, particularly. I'm an avid animal lover, rescuing them as and when I can. I'm not sure if those things go hand-in-hand!
What advice would you give to ambitious young women starting out in their careers?
Go for it. Aim high. Women can achieve anything if they put their mind to it. Look no further than EXANTE as proof!