The Fiscal Feminist

If you want to find greater success and balance in your career, you need to get comfortable with speaking up and having hard conversations. In this episode, the “Job Doctor” Tessa White shares some of her top tips for building your career on your terms. She explains why it’s so important to understand what your company values, and she gives practical advice about negotiating effectively, saving yourself some extra time, and making sure your career doesn’t control you. You won’t want to miss this episode!

Episode Recap:
  • Today we’re talking with “The Job Doctor” Tessa White (1:09)
  • Can you tell us your journey to your current career? (2:19)
  • You can have it all, but not all at once (7:37)
  • What is deliberate work, and how do you determine what’s most important? (19:05)
  • How do you approach difficult conversations with a manager? (28:11)
  • To negotiate more effectively, understand your leverage (32:56)
  • What is the 10% miracle, and how can we get better at saying no? (38:40)
  • How is remote work impacting our careers? (42:52)
  • 3 things we can do so our careers don’t control us (51:42)
  • How to learn more from Tessa (54:38)



“The real job description is not the job description on paper, it’s something else. And part of your job is figuring out what the company actually really does value and doing more of that and less of the things they could give a rip about.”

“You can’t get married and expect to have a relationship work out without ever speaking up. And part of the solution to the dysfunctional workplaces and feeling taken advantage of and feeling like it’s toxic, part of it is learning to speak up, and maybe doing it in a way that isn’t broken glass or a bull in a china shop, but being able to speak up and share where you’re at is incredibly important. So many of my clients that feel like they’re overworked and they’re burned out, when I ask them, ‘Have they talked with their manager?’ They haven’t. And your manager doesn’t have a magic ball to say, ‘This person’s full.’ It does require your input and your help in order for them to understand.”

Creators & Guests

Kimberlee Davis
Kimberlee Davis is founder of the Fiscal Feminist and a Partner and Managing Director in The Bahnsen Group, a wealth management practice with offices in Newport Beach, California and New York City. She is also a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst.

What is The Fiscal Feminist?

Kimberlee Davis is your host of The Fiscal Feminist, a show about women and our relationship with money and finances. Kimberlee Davis is Managing Director and Partner at The Bahnsen Group, a private wealth management firm. She specializes in personal wealth advising and oversees financial and retirement planning solutions for high net worth individuals and multi-generational families. Her proficiency also includes helping individuals transition to financial independence after life altering events such as death or divorce.