March 6th, 2015 | 6:00 am

Reckoning with Institutional Double Standards on International Women’s Day

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City)

EE webpage image 3What is it that keeps women from ascending to executive levels in business in numbers comparable to men? It’s not for lack of commitment or ambition. It’s not a matter of skill level or about being “tough enough.” It’s not even about negative perceptions on women’s ability to turn a profit.

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March 5th, 2015 | 6:00 am

Op-Ed: The female millennial: A new era of talent

Contributed by Aoife Flood, based in Dublin, Ireland. Aoife is Senior Manager of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Programme Office at PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited.

Aoife bio. (1)Sunday 8 March 2015 marks this year’s International Women’s Day. As we celebrate the achievements of women in the workforce and beyond, my advice for leaders of both sexes is to think broader than the top – you have a new era of female talent on your hands.

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March 4th, 2015 | 6:00 am

Bringing Men on Board in Gender Diversity

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City)

EE webpage image 3Every year The Glass Hammer hosts a career development event called Navigating, Negotiating, and Building Your Strategic Network. This year’s event, sponsored by BNY Mellon, Shearman & Sterling and Goldman Sachs, focused on how leaders and aspiring leaders- both male and female – can engage more men in efforts toward improving gender diversity.

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March 3rd, 2015 | 6:00 am

Career Tip of the Week!

nickiheadshotBy Nicki Gilmour, Executive Coach and Organizational Psychologist

Welcome to Career Tip of the Week. In this column we aim to provide you with a useful snippet of advice to carry with you all week as you navigate the day to day path in your career.

This Week’s Tip Is…

Know your individual needs and values.

Everyone is different. Understand what makes you tick ( and by working with a coach who can work with you/ run psychometric instruments to help you know more about yourself) you can see which types of organizational cultures will best support your needs. Is it about that free coffee in the morning for you or are you wanting to get in and out and need flexibility to do so? These things matter, despite seeming small.

March 2nd, 2015 | 6:00 am

Voice of Experience: Natasha Moffitt, Partner, King & Spalding

By Cathie Ericson

moffitt natasha 4938Sometimes dad knows best. That’s what Natasha Moffitt, Partner at King & Spalding, learned when following her father’s suggestions for her career path.

Raised in Germany by a German mother and American father, Moffitt decided in high school that she wanted to be a lawyer, but her father urged her to leverage her skills in math and science. He counseled her to first pursue a computer engineering degree (an emerging field of study at the time), and then a career in patent law; and that’s when her career path was born.

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February 27th, 2015 | 6:00 am

Who is in your network? Will seeking out people just like you at work help your career?

By Aimee Hansen

Leading a dynamic teamTheglasshammer in 2015 is addressing the need for women and men to work better together and for men to champion and authorize talented women as well as recognizing talented men. Building your network with all sorts of people who can help you in your career is crucial.

According to an INSEAD study and other research, when you default to those with the same social identity as you at work, this can help or hinder individual performance.

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February 26th, 2015 | 6:00 am

Rising Star: Olamide Bello, Assistant Vice President of Private Placements, Voya Investment Management

In honor of Black History Month, The Glass Hammer will feature interviews with notable African American women on their career experiences, aspirations, and advice for other women in their field all month long!

By Cathie Ericson

BELLO_Dec_2014 (2)“Women, and everybody else in the professional environment, must recognize that sponsors and mentors are critical to your success. Maintain your relationship with them – it’s like a bank account; you can’t withdraw what you haven’t saved,” says Olamide Bello, who credits these strong relationships as a key factor in her career ascension.

Bello is the first to admit that her career is atypical – although she studied physics in college, her first job was at a bank in Nigeria. She soon realized that banking wasn’t for her so she joined Accenture, a global management consulting firm, where she quickly realized how much she enjoyed working in the team environment. She decided to pursue her MBA at Emory University, and after graduating accepted a position with Voya Investment Management (Voya IM), where she has been for more than six years.

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February 25th, 2015 | 6:00 am

Rising Star: Latrisha Whitehead, Project Manager Platform Metrics, TIAA-CREF

By Cathie Ericson

In honor of Black History Month, The Glass Hammer will feature interviews with notable African American women on their career experiences, aspirations, and advice for other women in their field all month long!

HeadshotNever accept defeat! Those are the words that have propelled Latrisha Whitehead forward in her fast-moving career, spanning a wide variety of companies and industries.

For just over three years, she’s served in her current role as a project manager with TIAA- CREF’s platform metrics group, where she supports and manages the dashboard development for TIAA Today. TIAA Today Dashboard is a tool that provides near real-time Client Systems data to executives, management, IT, operations and the business to inform them about key platform metrics. These dashboards are intended to provide operational insight to current production performance compared to the peak and average.

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February 24th, 2015 | 6:00 am

Career Tip of the Week!

nickiheadshotBy Nicki Gilmour, Executive Coach and Organizational Psychologist

Welcome to Career Tip of the Week. In this column we aim to provide you with a useful snippet of advice to carry with you all week as you navigate the day to day path in your career.

This Week’s Tip Is…

If you are the smartest person in the room, you are in the wrong room.

February 23rd, 2015 | 6:00 am

Voice of Experience: Stephanie Smith, Managing Director, Global Head Credit Operations, Goldman Sachs

By Cathie Ericson

In honor of Black History Month, The Glass Hammer will feature interviews with notable African American women on their career experiences, aspirations, and advice for other women in their field all month long!

Smith, StephanieCuriosity and a willingness to say “yes” have been the driving forces behind Stephanie Smith’s successful career in the hypercompetitive Wall Street environment.

Smith joined Goldman Sachs in July 1999 at the height of the dot-com boom. Though her background was in marketing, she was drawn in by the interesting work that Goldman was doing in e-commerce and spent five years developing strategy for the business. Then, in 2004, she leveraged the many internal relationships she had formed through networking to pursue a new opportunity in the firm’s Operations Division.

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