5 Pieces of Advice for Young Professionals from our Chief Financial Officer  


We recently welcomed several new hires at A&F Co. As they begin their careers with us, we had our Chief Financial Officer, Scott Lipesky, share advice and insights that he has learned during his 25+ year career journey. Read his takeaways below. 

  1. Build relationships 
    Looking back on his 25+ year career, Scott reflected on how impactful his ability to build relationships has been throughout his journey. From being an auditor at 22 years old to running the finance division at A&F Co., creating authentic relationships with colleagues and business partners has been a key driver in his growth and decision-making in leadership positions. By being close to so many departments, gaining multiple perspectives and staying connected on initiatives, he emphasized the importance of listening, learning and using those lessons to make crucial business decisions. 
  1. Be your #1 cheerleader 
    Scott also shared the importance of being your own advocate and speaking up for yourself. “If you want to do something, tell somebody. If you want to do something else, tell somebody.” While a company is excited to see what you will accomplish, they ultimately don’t know your passions and goals unless you share them. Scott advised the room full of new A&F Co. associates to have a voice in your career, work hard and you’ll continue to grow and succeed. 
  2. Challenge yourself  
    Whether you are interested in continuing to grow in your current role or within a different department, Scott urged new associates to push boundaries and to not underestimate the power of pushing yourself and getting out of your comfort zone. In doing so, you are going to connect with all different types of people with different personalities and skill sets. Knowing different areas of the business will challenge and push you in your professional career. 
  3. Stay curious
    There are a lot of decisions you will have to make as you continue to grow. When you are responsible for making more decisions, it’s imperative that you listen to those at all levels of the organization, so you fully understand the decision at hand. “I have to listen, I have to stay curious,” Scott emphasized. “You also have to trust that the people around you are making the right decisions for the company, too.” Scott also shared the importance of making sacrifices on behalf of yourself and your team, if it’s in the best interest of the company 
  4. Learn from your managers 
    As you move throughout your profession, you will more than likely have a few managers, mentors and leaders along the way. Every manager and leader is different, so it is a great opportunity to understand what works and what doesn’t. Take notes from the managers that inspired, supported and challenged you, and incorporate those leadership standards and qualities into your work as you eventually begin to lead and manage others.