During the day, Heidi Steiger is a financial force in a power suit. As the east region president for the Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank, she oversees between one-third and one-half of the financial institution’s most exclusive arm; to even open an account, clients must have at least $1 million.
But outside the world of wealth management, Steiger is a powerful player on a much different stage. She ditches the business suit for a glitzy dress, counts beats instead of dollars and has a partner who specializes in footwork, rather than finance.
Steiger, in her other element, is a champion ballroom dancer, ranked in the top 3 percent worldwide, an achievement she reached after only two years of training. “I don’t do anything halfway, which is maybe my blessing and my curse,” she laughs.
Although banking and dancing seem like opposite passions, Steiger points out they share several similar aspects. Each is a competition in its own way (Wall Street, where Steiger cut her teeth for years, “is a place that keeps score every day,” she says). Both require teamwork and being a strong partner. And like establishing a career, perfecting a dance takes time and patience—a lesson Steiger learned early on after injuring herself from pushing her body.
Whether in the office or on the dance floor, Steiger feels the same thrill of measuring and improving her performance. “Everything I try to do has to be the best—which, honestly, is exhausting,” she laughs.
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