Even from a young age, Robin Lenna knew she wanted to run a business. What she didn't know was that she would ultimately be in insurance. But she's always followed her gut, which led her to her current position leading MetLife's Corporate Benefit Funding business. "I know what direction I want to go and then I'll just make my way to where I want to go," she says.

After graduating from Swarthmore College with a degree in philosophy, Lenna took a position with Hay Associates designing executive compensation and worked toward her MBA in finance from Temple University. From there, she moved on to Merrill Lynch and then Citigroup. It was at Citigroup that Lenna had a significant "aha" moment. "In the 1980s, the leveraged buyout [LBO] phase was really picking up and I realized I could do the same work that the transactors were doing. I understood what they were doing, but I needed to basically retool myself, go through the bank's credit training program and reinvent myself. I basically started over in the late 1980s and became a banker."

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