November 26th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Happy Thanksgiving from The Glass Hammer Team!

iStock_000013858824XSmallThe Glass Hammer will be taking a short publishing break to celebrate Thanksgiving here in the U.S. First and foremost, we are incredibly thankful for our loyal readers and our sponsors who continue to enable us to do this work. We are also thankful for everyone out there who is working hard to break the glass ceiling. Keep going!

If you are lucky enough to have some down time this week, why not catch up on a couple of our most popular and recent posts that you may have missed?

Additionally, The Glass Hammer is always looking for ways to showcase the women who inspire and empower us – if you’d like to nominate someone to be profiled on the site as Voice of Experience, Mover and Shaker, or Rising Star, please get in touch with [email protected].

What are you thankful for this year? Let us know in the comments section below. We’ll be back next week with more articles designed to inform, inspire, and empower you!

November 25th, 2014 | 6:00 am

5 Tips for More Enjoyment–and Less Stress–This Holiday Season

Contributed By Jude Bijou MA MFT

iStock_000018300009XSmallNo matter how fulfilled and productive we feel at our job, the holidays have a way of throwing a wrench into the works. That’s because holidays trigger complicated and challenging emotions, such as loneliness, anxiety, and depression. It may be the first holiday without one’s elderly mother at the table. Or one might start to get that uncomfortable feeling of panic just thinking about upcoming conflicts with difficult family members. And of course, many of us worry about finances, gift ideas, school kids on vacation, to-do lists, work interruptions, and much more.

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November 24th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Voice of Experience: Lisa Carnoy, Division Executive for Northeast and Metro New York U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

By Jarod Cerf

rsz_lisacarnoybamlcomLisa Carnoy, Division Executive for Northeast and Metro New York U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management, is a persistent and self-described optimist. Carnoy is pleased to have both “survived and thrived in” the multiple market and corporate changes over the years, including the end of junk bonds, the tech crunch, and the 2007 crisis.

This summer marks her twenty-fifth year in the financial industry and also marks another career milestone as she advances her career from Global Capital Markets to the company’s wealth-management unit. Carnoy, who started at Merrill in 1994, has emerged as one of the top strategists in the company and was recognized by American Banker as one of the 25 most powerful women in finance.

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November 21st, 2014 | 6:00 am

To Be, or Not to Be Social: Is participating in social media good for your career?

By Rebecca Caum

Businesswoman using smart phoneThe power of social media lies in its ability to deliver information with unprecedented speed to a global audience. Like most kinds of power, the inherent risks are congruent with the potential benefits. We have all figured out how to avoid the most common mistakes: set your drinks aside, don’t post your political views, and leave all things private as just that—private. But, what about using social media at work—is being social becoming as important of an asset for America’s top CEOs as reading a balance sheet? Can being social online or having a blog actually advance your career?

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November 20th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Getting Back to Work After a Break: 10 Things You Need to Know to Return to the Workplace

By Cathie Ericson

iStock_000009318986XSmallThe Opt Out Generation Wants Back In” heralded the headline of a 2013 New York Times article about women who had taken a career break and then subsequently desired to re-enter the workforce. The story itself, however, painted a rather bleak picture of these women’s futures. And while no one claims that finding the right fit is easy, there are ways women can prepare themselves for transitioning back to the workforce.

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November 19th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Know Your Goal and Know Your Role: Connecting the Dots to Success

Guest Contribution By Danielle Tate, CEO of

iStock_000002618796XSmallDo you know what your goal is? Is it happiness, independence, wealth or a combination of those things? The key to success is knowing your specific goal and the steps to achieving it. Waking up each morning with your goal burning in your brain will help you steer your day and life towards its achievement.

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November 18th, 2014 | 6:00 am

What Drives Male Diversity Champions

By Melissa J. Anderson

iStock_000004922748XSmallEven today in 2014, the vast majority of leadership in industries like the physical sciences or financial services is made up of men, which, can create a self-fulfilling prophecy of “think leader, think male” since men and also women hold firm stereotypes around which gender assigned traits make good leadership traits.

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November 17th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Voice of Experience: Amanda Tepper, CEO of Chestnut Advisory Group

By Cathie Ericson

rsz_atepperheadshotFresh out of college, Amanda Tepper, currently a financial industry leader as founder and CEO of Chestnut Advisory Group, set her sights on a career in the radio industry. “And then one night, as I stood on stage introducing Ozzy Osbourne, I realized it was not for me. Time to get off the ‘Crazy Train’,” she says.

That wakeup call sent Tepper to the career networking office at her alma mater, Brown University, where she found a job on Wall Street at Mabon, Nugent & Co — and she has never looked back.

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November 14th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Op-Ed: Ana Botin got promoted on merit not nepotism

By Nneka Orji

iStock_000004094096XSmallIn September 2014, Ana Botin succeeded her father Emilio Botin at Santander and has been named the top female banker in Europe by Bloomberg.

This appointment makes Ana the first woman to chair a global bank. She has worked hard to win this position and has positive endorsements from Citi’s ex chief Sanford “Sandy” Weill.

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November 13th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Why Wall St. Wants You Back: Returning From a Career Break

By Cathie Ericson

iStock_000006492382XSmallAttention, downshifters: Wall Street wants you back. And they’re proving it with a plethora of returnship programs especially designed to appeal to those employees, especially women, who have taken a break and now are ready to jump back in.

There are differing opinions over who was the first to launch a returnship program — with Lehman’s Encore program before its fall from grace, closely followed by Goldman Sachs with its returnship program it launched in 2008. These structured programs are similar to the internships that financial services firms created for college students, but at an accelerated pace with refresher skills courses for this audience of women who already have experience in the industry.

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