VIVACIOUS, DETERMINED, WARM-HEARTED...SHE SPLITS HER TIME BETWEEN WORKING ON A TRADING FLOOR OF A MAJOR GLOBAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTION AND DISCOVERING THE CULTURAL SCENE OF MANHATTAN. MEET OUR EMPLOI OF THE MONTH: KARIMA

RESUME: A Columbia business school graduate, Karima has previously worked in fundraising for a non-profit performing arts organization and a production of a major Broadway show. She then decided to switch careers. She went from wearing jeans to business formal with the help of emploi.

PATH TO THE TOP: "Integrity is key to anything in life. Put your best foot forward in whatever you do." DEFINING MOMENT: "Coming to a realization that the only thing one can control in life is your own reaction and attitude. Positive attitude sets the tone for positive outcomes."

STATEMENT PIECE: "I'm naturally inclined to wear black, as it goes with everything - but I love to spice it up every now and then. I fell in love with my Lexington dress in taupe and wear it both to the office and afterwards, it adds color to my wardrobe and puts me in a good mood instantly. The reason I personally love emploi dresses, it that they incorporate the perfect subtle elements of sophistication, confidence and sexiness into one solid garment."

All images by Ksenia Tavrina Photography (c)