‘Extraordinary Lives’ Category

April 4th, 2014, 6:00 am

Intrepid Woman: Nell Merlino, Founder and President, Count Me In

By Michelle Hendelman When Nell Merlino created Take Our Daughters to Work Day, it was a natural extension of the work she always envisioned herself doing – that is creating opportunities for women to advance themselves and showing them the pathways available to achieve their goals. “For as long as I can remember, I have [...]

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November 1st, 2013, 6:00 am

Intrepid Woman: Lois Braverman, President & CEO, Ackerman Institute for the Family

by Michelle Hendelman

By Michelle Hendelman, Editor-in-Chief Lois Braverman, President & CEO of the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York City, lived and worked for thirty-two years in Iowa before joining the Ackerman Institute in her current role seven years ago. “The Ackerman Institute is one of the premier family therapy training institutes in the world. [...]

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October 4th, 2013, 6:00 am

Intrepid Woman: Yesi Morillo-Gual, Founder and President, Proud To Be Latina

The Glass Hammer is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by featuring profiles of Hispanic Women Business Leaders all week long! By Michelle Hendelman, Editor-in-Chief As a successful senior level Latina at one of the largest global financial services firms, Yesi Morillo-Gual recognized that she was one of few Latinas to hold a Director position. This was [...]

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September 13th, 2013, 6:00 am

Intrepid Woman: Robin Morgan, Co-Founder Women’s Media Center and Host of “Women’s Media Center Live with Robin Morgan” Radio Show

By Michelle Hendelman, Editor-in-Chief “Despite all of the myths of women’s competitiveness, we know how to stick together,” said Robin Morgan. To Morgan, this is one of the things that make women so special. “Solidarity is not just an abstraction to women,” she continued, “it’s a practical reality, day in and day out.” It is [...]

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June 28th, 2013, 6:00 am

Transgender Professional Women: Authenticity and Transitioning in the Workplace

By Hadley Catalano (Boston) After a successful managerial climb at State Street, a large global financial services company in Boston, Michelle Figueiredo made the most difficult decision of her professional career. She had her first conversation with the company’s human resources department about her true identity. “I spoke for three hours with the woman in [...]

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June 6th, 2013, 1:00 pm

Intrepid Woman: Ambassador Gianna Angelopoulos on the Journey to Leadership

by melissa

By Ambassador Gianna Angelopoulos, Vice-Chairman of the Dean’s Council of the Harvard Kennedy School In May 2000, I received a call asking me to take over the Athens Olympic Games Organizing Committee. Three years earlier, I had led and won Athens’ successful bid for the 2004 Olympics. Now I was being asked to rescue an [...]

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May 31st, 2013, 6:00 am

Intrepid Woman: Rupali Deshmukh on Remaking Veteran Transitions

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) Last week, Accenture launched a new online Military Career Coach tool for veterans transitioning from military roles to the private sector. Rupali Deshmukh, Military Sourcing Lead at Accenture, considers the tool an extension of one-on-one coaching she has been doing for veterans. Now, she says, the online tool [...]

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May 24th, 2013, 6:00 am

Intrepid Woman: Silje Vallestad Discusses Her Journey from Idealist to Innovator

By Michelle Clark (Keene, New Hampshire) Silje Vallestad did not major in technology, nor did she ever plan to make her mark on the tech industry as Founder and CEO of the mobile app development company, Bipper. Yet here she is, a successful entrepreneur blazing trails in an industry where women are not heavily represented [...]

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April 26th, 2013, 6:00 am

Intrepid Woman: Jacki Zehner on Bringing Wonder Woman to the Big Screen

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) Until the early 2000s, Jacki Zehner was focused on building a stellar career on Wall Street. When she was named partner at Goldman Sachs, she was the youngest woman and the first female trader to have done so. But upon getting involved in leadership, she began to develop [...]

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March 22nd, 2013, 6:00 am

Lean In: A Primer on Owning Your Power

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) By now, you’ve probably had time to pick up Sheryl Sandberg’s new book Lean In – or you’ve at least read a few of the reviews. My first take: I liked it, and more than I was expecting to. If you’re in a position to advocate for women [...]

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