2011 AWIB Corporate Leadership Award Winner

Angela Sun
Chief of Staff to the President & CEO
Bloomberg

 

Bloomberg, the global business and financial information and news leader, gives influential decision makers a critical edge by connecting them to a network of information, people, and ideas.  The company's core business, the Bloomberg Professional service, provides real time financial information to more than 310,000 subscribers worldwide. Bloomberg Law, BNA and Bloomberg Government provide data, news and analytics to industries beyond finance, and Bloomberg News, TV, mobile, radio and two magazines cover the world with more than 2,300 news and multimedia professionals.  Headquartered in New York, Bloomberg employs over 14,500 people in 185 locations around the world.

 


Born and raised in San Francisco, Angela is the daughter of William and Annie Sun.  Her father is a retired airline and cargo executive and her mother is a retired entrepreneur.  Angela graduated from Harvard College Summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa and holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

After college, Angela moved to New York to work in Real Estate Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan.    She took on banking almost on a dare and now advises other young women interested in business to consider the two year “Finance boot camp” as a way to build confidence with numbers.   While Angela knew early on she would not practice law, the disciplined thinking and inquiry honed through a legal education has served her well and seeded her interest in public policy.   Immediately following 9/11, Angela spent time in Washington D.C. as a Visiting Associate at the Henry L. Stimson Center, a non-partisan international security and defense analysis think tank.   She then spent four years at McKinsey & Company, where she was a manager focused on the Financial Services and Healthcare sectors.

In 2006, while contemplating an offer to return to banking, Angela received a listing for a position within the Bloomberg Administration.  When she was offered the job of Senior Policy Advisor to Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff, she asked for two weeks to think it over.  Seeking to make a decision away from the city, which she felt could conspire to magnify the choice between public service and finance, putting disproportionate weight on wealth and prestige,  Angela  booked a trip to Peru where she volunteered at the largest orphanage in South America.  There, she knew her decision would be simple – she thought about what one City Hall staffer said: “this is the best job you’ll ever have”—and returned to accept the position.  It was the intersection of everything Angela was attracted to – economic development, real estate, policy and negotiations, and problem solving to help build the City.  It was expansive and exciting and she was impressed with the team of smart, engaged, and purposeful people Doctoroff had put together.  While serving as his policy advisor, Angela oversaw a citywide portfolio of economic development agencies and managed urban planning and real estate development projects, including the Bloomberg-Schumer Financial Services Competitiveness Plan, the City’s largest rezoning effort, the divestiture of the NYC Off-Track Betting business, and aviation policy, among other initiatives.

After two years with the City, Angela was offered a position with Diane von Furstenberg to help build her brand globally.  At around the same time, Mike Bloomberg asked Doctoroff to run his Company, and he, in turn, asked Angela to join him.  One of her proudest accomplishments at Bloomberg was working with Doctoroff to put together and roll out Plan B, the company’s long-term growth strategy which helped the company weather the downturn in 2009 and allowed the firm to grow, innovate and invest in its future.   After working with her for the past six years,  Doctoroff says, “Angela has inexhaustible energy which she deploys with remarkable humor and grace, enabling her to overcome obstacles making the impossible look easy."

When asked what advice Angela would offer to Asian women climbing the Corporate Ladder, she states: “Don’t think of your career as climbing a ladder.  A career is not linear…it is about learning both skills and about oneself, taking unexpected risks, making yourself a more interesting person…and being open to possibilities and opportunities right in front of you.”

Angela is an active member in the community.  She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Museum of Arts and Design and is on the Board of Women’s World Banking, the largest global network of microfinance institutions and banks dedicated to the economic empowerment of women.    Angela is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, where she is part of the Term Member Advisory Committee.  For the past two years, she has been the Co-Chair of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Wings Over Wall Street benefit to support ALS research.  Angela is also involved with New Amsterdam Market, a civic association whose mission is to reinvent the public market and promote regional development.  In 2010, Angela was named by Crain’s New York Business as one of its “40 Under 40.” 

Having initially declared that New York City would only be a ‘rite of passage’ experience, today Angela cannot imagine living anywhere else after 12 years, and counting.

 

 





 



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