Archive for March 2011

March 31st, 2011, 1:30 pm

6 Ways Transparency Can Boost Women in Leadership in the Financial Services

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) This month the Financial News released the results of its fourth annual survey of women in the financial services. One of the most surprising findings was that 90% of the women surveyed want banks to be required by the government to provide greater transparency on compensation data. The [...]

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March 31st, 2011, 6:00 am

Voice of Experience: Laura Liswood, Secretary General, Council of World Woman Leaders, and Senior Advisor, Goldman Sachs

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) “Try to speak out – have a voice,” advised Laura Liswood. “Claim your accomplishments, and ask for and know what you want.” Liswood, now Secretary General of the Council of Women World Leaders and a Senior Advisor at Goldman Sachs, has built her career around improving diversity and [...]

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March 30th, 2011, 1:00 pm

Ask-a-Recruiter: How to Get Back on Track After a Career Break

By Traci K. How can you get your resume to the top of the stack when you’ve taken a break from your career to care for children or aging parents? You’re punctual, smart, determined, qualified. You’ve had great experience and have at least 3 years of tenure in every position you’ve held. You’re a hard-worker, [...]

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March 30th, 2011, 6:00 am

Op-Ed: Playing in the Big Leagues Instead of the “Special” League

Contributed by Carol Roth The glass ceiling has gone digital. Even though we are in a new age of information and engagement, there is still the old boys’ network in place. When you think of the top thought leaders, authors, and influencers, the names that are bantered about are more often than not male. There [...]

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March 29th, 2011, 6:00 am

Why Senior Allies Must Support LGBT Inclusiveness on Wall Street

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) In a recent Harvard Business Review blog post, Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Karen Sumberg, and Lauren Leader-Chivee explained “What ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Really Costs.” According to Hewlett, et al., “Closeted employees are less likely to deliver the energy, enthusiasm and innovative spirit companies require to be competitive in [...]

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March 28th, 2011, 6:00 am

Voice of Experience: Cynthia Urda Kassis, Partner and Co-Head of Project Development & Finance Practice, Shearman & Sterling LLP

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) It would be fair to say that Cynthia Urda Kassis, a Partner and Co-Head of the Project Development and Finance Practice at Shearman & Sterling LLP, is a bit of a globetrotter. In her work, which involves arranging financing for infrastructure projects all over the world, Urda Kassis [...]

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March 25th, 2011, 6:00 am

Movers and Shakers: Clare Porter, Senior Vice President, Technology Solutions, SunGard

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) Clare Porter’s career has taken her from engineering to manufacturing, to operations, to marketing, and now, as SunGard‘s Senior Vice President of Technology Solutions, she is enjoying her role as a change agent at a $5 billion technology company. “Right now we have to be brave,” she said. [...]

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March 24th, 2011, 1:00 pm

Movers and Shakers: Karen Hughes, Vice President, Technology, American Express

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) Karen Hughes, Vice President, Technology at American Express is passionate about ensuring that women feel comfortable taking a career break – whether taking leave to care for children or other family members, or taking time off to care for themselves. She explained, “Perceptions around on-ramps and off-ramps are [...]

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March 24th, 2011, 6:00 am

Quantitative Measures Reveal the Business Case for Women in Technology

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) Named after one of the pioneers women in computing, the Anita Borg Institute provides research and tools to advance women in the field of technology, and works to make women in the field more visible. But despite the organization’s hard work, many feel the needle isn’t moving fast [...]

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March 23rd, 2011, 1:00 pm

Opt In: Getting Beyond the Glass Ceiling

Contributed by Lynne Morton, President, Performance Improvement Solutions We increasingly see statistics about where women are in the workforce: more of us, locally and globally, in graduate schools and in organizations, yet not earning enough and not senior enough. The organizations that generate that data are doing terrific work making the progress (or the lack [...]

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