What advice would you offer to women just starting out in the industry?
My advice is two-fold: to believe in
yourself and to be supportive of other
women. It is important to be confident in the unique skillset you bring to
the table and to embrace those qualities that set you apart from others. We
need to be comfortable with ourselves
in order to encourage each other to
succeed. There is no need to compare
yourself to anyone else. Focus on what
you know is right and good things will
happen. There is plenty of opportunity for all of us to be successful so
it only makes sense to recognize and
celebrate each other’s talents and
What do you know now that you wish
you knew in the beginning of your
I wish I recognized at the beginning
of my career that I did not need to tell
confide in, and share a few laughs
with, has been critical to my career. I
know my mentors and sponsors have
my best interest at heart and I am very
thankful for their investment in me,
both personally and professionally.
What do you think the industry could
do to attract and retain the best and
the brightest today?
The best thing the industry can do to
attract talent, regardless of gender, is
to empower people with the ability to
make a real impact on the organization. Create a culture that supports
training and provides mentoring
opportunities. Let your team know
that you value them by promoting
from within as much as possible.
Set challenging goals, but have fun
while obtaining them. Make a point to
recognize effort, and to share the success that comes from having a culture
filled with the best and brightest. This
approach is only effective, however, if
it is executed in a way that promotes
equal opportunities for all associates.
everyone that I am strong, independent, and intelligent to be respected
for those qualities. Thankfully, I
learned that my actions prove who I
am, and there is more power in showing than in telling. At the beginning of
my career, I felt the need to constantly
prove that I deserved my position.
However, that became self-defeating
and counterproductive. It could have
easily distracted people from recognizing my strengths, and instead been
perceived as a weakness. Letting go of
insecurities allowed me to believe in
myself which, in turn, made it easier
for others to trust in my potential.
What kind of role has mentoring and/
or sponsorship played in your career?
When I joined the industry, there were
only a handful of women in leadership roles and not a lot of opportunities to network with them. That
made it difficult to enter a mentoring
relationship with women outside of
my organization. I have been very
lucky however to work with many
supportive colleagues over the years
who have challenged me and believed
in me. Relationships are key in this
industry and regardless of gender,
having trusted advisors whom I can
ENGS Commercial Capital
ania Daniel leads ENGS Commercial Finance’s factoring division.
Tania has spent over 17 years partnering with businesses to meet
their working capital needs by providing cash flow solutions such
as invoice factoring and other forms of asset-based lending.
Over the course of her career, Tania has held roles in executive management,
risk and portfolio management, credit and underwriting, and sales and operations. She joined LSQ Funding Group in 2001 where she played an integral part
in many areas of the company. She was able to use the knowledge she gained
to grow within the organization and become the vice president of Operations.
Most recently, Tania was chief operating officer of Porter Capital Corporation,
where she oversaw daily operations, built a high performing team, developed
a dynamic culture, and created strategies that enhanced the growth of the