INSIDE SOURCES

UVU commencement speaker tells her story of rising from high school dropout to bank president

May 17, 2022, 6:23 PM
A customer pumps gas at an Exxon gas station, Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Miami. U.S consumers have s...
A customer pumps gas at an Exxon gas station, Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Miami. U.S consumers have so far defied higher prices for gas, food, and rent and have been spending more in 2022, providing crucial support to the economy. How long that can continue will be one of the key factors affecting the economy and inflation this year. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)
(AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

SALT LAKE CITY — Mary Daly, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, spoke May 6 to graduates at Utah Valley University as the commencement speaker. Recently, she spoke with Inside Sources host Boyd Matheson and shared her extraordinary story of rising from high school dropout to inflation fighter.

As a teen, she said a woman in her early 30s nudged her into getting her GED.

“I did because I thought, Oh, I can get a better job. I can be a bus driver,” she said. 

Her mentor urged Daly to take a semester of college.

“She’s not satisfied, but she’s not that pushy. She’s just nudging. So, she nudges me to take a semester of college and to pay for that semester of college, which I I still think of that as one of the most enormous giving back.  It was $216 and still changed my life,” Daly said.

Devoted to lifting others  up

She said she knows what it’s like to be helped, to be lifted up by another person.

“I’ve devoted my entire career to trying to do that in every aspect of my life, my professional life, my personal life, my community life. And I really think that is our dedication to each other,” Daly said. 

She added that what’s possible cannot be known until it is attempted.

“I tell my story because it’s really to remind people, not of the remarkable journey I’ve taken, but the remarkable gift that we give each other when we just give a hand up. We never even know what’s possible in people until we just lift them up and let them try.”

Be yourself

Daly said it’s important for young people starting out on a career to be themselves and resist the pressure to conform.

It’s important “they bring their unique self, and they look at things that we’ve been doing forever just a slightly different way because of who they are. So it really is our differences that make us stronger.”

Differences make the difference, Daly stressed.

“Try your hardest to be yourself. It’s not the easiest thing in the world, but I tell you it will pay huge dividends not only to you and your family but to everything you do, all your work.”

Related:

Wholesale inflation impacting businesses all across Utah

Inside Sources with Boyd Matheson can be heard weekdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on KSL NewsRadio. Users can find the show on the KSL NewsRadio website and app. 

Today’s Top Stories

Inside Sources

national debt...
Curt Gresseth

Ticktock: Congress needs to get serious about the ever-expanding national debt

A financial reporter says Congress needs to get serious about stabilizing the national debt which is now about the size of the economy's GDP and growing even faster with inflation.
2 months ago
Inflation caused gas to skyrocket....
Curt Gresseth

Sen. Mitt Romney talks inflation and economy

High home and gas prices and inflation, are causing real hardships for Utahns and Democrats will be blamed by voters, Sen. Mitt Romney told Inside Sources.
2 months ago
cheeseburger inflation...
Curt Gresseth

Why does my cheeseburger cost so much? Most ingredients touched by inflation.

A reporter joined the show and walked us through the reasons that popular cheeseburger ingredients have jumped in price since March of 2021.
2 months ago
A Utah woman shadowed lawmakers...
Curt Gresseth

Utah woman shadowed lawmakers to ease her political rage

Frustrated and angry with politics, a Utah woman shadowed state lawmakers to gain a better understanding of the process and to lower her own political rage.
3 months ago
a tax form, 1040, is often used to file taxes...
Curt Gresseth

What’s the holdup on my tax refund?

A tax expert talked to Inside Sources about new duties given to the IRS and why your tax refund is taking so long to arrive.
3 months ago
Homeless persons sit in a closed business on North Temple in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, April 6, 20...
Curt Gresseth

Everyone can do something to help, says advocate for homeless in Utah

Utah homeless advocated Pamela Atkinson said there are actions we can all take to help provide assistance to the unsheltered.
3 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
Follow @ikeyospe...

Tax Tuesday: The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Filing Their Taxes

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
Follow @ikeyospe...

Tax Tuesday: How will last year’s child tax credits affect you?

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
UVU commencement speaker tells her story of rising from high school dropout to bank president