A day in the life of an HSBC executive who wakes up at 5:30 am to meditate and exercise, always eats green, and manages her work and life in two cities
Melania Edwards is part of HSBC's International Manager program, which trains senior executives for leading international bank by putting them in top roles across different businesses around the globe.
Through this program, Edwards gained experience working in Asia, the UK, and the Europe. Now she is based in Northern California and serves on the bank's Global Venture Capital Group. Part of her job is connecting venture capital firms and their portfolio companies to HSBC's global network.
She recently broke down her daily routine for Business Insider. Here is what her day looks like.
Edwards wakes up at 5:30 a.m. everyday and always kicks off her day with meditation.
At 6:30 a.m it's time to catch up with friends and family.
She eats breakfast at 7:00 am. It's always a fresh bowl of fruit or a bottle of green juice.
At 7:30 a.m, it's time for a game of tennis before work.
Around 8:30 am, she heads to work.
She gets into the office around 9:00 a.m.
Around 10:30 am, it's time to meet with tech companies.
It's time for lunch around noon
Around 1:30 pm, she goes back to work.
Now, it's time to travel to Palo Alto. Edwards has two work locations. Her office is in San Francisco but she works with many venture capital firms based in Palo Alto. She takes the CalTrain to go between the two cities.
Working between two locations, Edwards uses a portable office set-up to help her make the most of the time at work. Sometimes, she likes to grab a cup of coffee or tea from the Starbucks shop sitting next to her office.
A big believer in continuous learning, Edwards is getting a certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Stanford University.
Later in the evening, Edwards works with an organization in Papua New Guinea to promote female economic empowerment in the country.
At 7:30 pm, it's time to do some yoga stretches.
Still, the best way to wind down after a busy day is cooking with her boyfriend and experimenting with new recipes.
After dinner, they walks around the local neighborhood, which has become their evening ritual.
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