Q&A: Teveia Barnes, Debra L. Zumwalt Pioneer Award

The commissioner of financial institutions for the State of California discusses her career, mentoring and helping solve others' problems

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Age: 59

Q: What obstacles have you encountered?

A: I don’t think it’s really obstacles. I don’t think I’ve encountered any obstacles other than the challenges of new work and just learning a new position and getting my hands around it and then doing it. I’ve been pretty fortunate; I wouldn’t say that I’ve had any obstacles to speak of so far in my career. I’ve had opportunities presented, and I haven’t taken them all, but I assess all opportunities that come my way to see if it makes sense for me, and I think I’ve been fortunate to have been given those choices.

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