The Influentials
Christine Breck

Financial wizard connects Texas Wall Street Women with tomorrow's female leaders

Influential connects women on Wall Street with tomorrow's leaders

Influentials Christin Breck founder and president at Texas Wall Street Women
Christine Breck Photo by Jessica Pages

"It's amazing to put a group of these women in a room where they can talk to other women who also love the finance business," Christine Breck explains of the camaraderie found in Texas Wall Street Women (TWSW), a non-profit organization she founded in 2008. "There are instant connections and friendships that will sustain them in this very competitive environment."

Breck, managing partner at Longstone Capital Advisors with over 25 years of experience in the financial industry, is known as a connector in her field. When she moved from New York City to Texas in 2005, she was struck by the amount of women she met in business who did not know each other, so she sought to change the social dynamic (or lack thereof) with TWSW, which now boasts a proud 1,500 members across the state.

Under Breck's guidance, TWSW members are "committed to making a difference in their community and to developing and growing professionally," and do so by supporting the Foundation for the Education of Young Women, a 501(c)(3) organization that established the first all-girls public school in Dallas and opened the similar Ann Richards School in Austin.

"For me personally, the most rewarding thing is our continuously developing relationships with the schools founded by the Foundation for the Education of Young Women," says Breck. "When I think about so many of these students that have such obstacles just to get to school each day, and they keep showing up in pursuit of their college dreams, I am both humbled and inspired by their dedication."

A woman who oozes both humor and humility, the power of TWSW is not lost on Breck: "I also benefit from having this wonderful network the same way our members do — having their support, inspiration and ideas makes me better at what I do!"

What is your chief characteristic?

Strong work ethic and optimistic nature.

Your idea of happiness?

Having nice people in my life. I think niceness is a very undervalued attribute.

Your idea of misery?

To be at the crossroads of ignorance, callousness and cruelty.

Your favorite restaurant — in your hometown and in the world?

Uchi and Uchi.

Your heroes?

People who care about making a difference with no thought of recognition. The students at the schools founded by the Foundation for the Education of Young Women for showing up every day to get an education in spite of the obstacles they face.

If not yourself, who would you be?

An artist.

What is the best advice you ever received?

Never never never give up — and practice compassion along the way.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

I cannot cook and am very grateful that my fiancé and my stepson are great cooks!