The payoff for the time Michelle R. Seitz has devoted to her profession rests in a personal file, in which she keeps countless letters from clients and their families, as well as those from colleagues and partners, thanking her for her dedication.

“That personal file defines my career,” says Seitz, head of investment management at William Blair. “We’ve done wonderful things as a team. At the end of the day if you’re not having an impact on the people you serve, then you are not doing much to help anything.”

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