'Every day, I feel especially grateful to be alive': UBS' Rosemary Berkery

Rosemary Berkery discusses how a sudden, life-threatening illness changed her outlook on life and business.

She says the support of her colleagues made a meaningful difference in her attitude as she awaited a heart transplant.

Berkery, who retired from UBS earlier this year, gave the speech when she accepted a lifetime achievement award at the annual gala for the Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance.

Other speakers at the event included Cathy Bessant of Bank of America, Mary Mack of Wells Fargo, and Barbara Byrne of Barclays. Read more about it and watch video clips of the other speakers here.

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American Banker’s Most Powerful Women program recognizes the professional achievements and influence of top-performing female executives in banking and finance. The annual program, now in its 16th year, includes a gala awards dinner, which this year was held Oct. 4 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.