Archive for June 2011

June 30th, 2011, 1:00 pm

Ms. JD Celebrates Education and Empowerment

By Kelly Tanner (New York) As the light faded outside the offices which overlooked the Statue of Liberty last week, a team of professionals gathered at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP to celebrate women’s successes. The event honored Ms. JD’s New York City chapter and its new Global Education Fund, founded last year to assist women [...]

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June 30th, 2011, 6:00 am

What Should You Look for in Your Mentor?

By Tina Vasquez (Los Angeles) We’ve all heard it before: Mentoring is crucial for business success and dramatically increases one’s own chance for success. Having a mentor can lead to valuable business contacts and contribute to conceptual and technical knowledge, but why then do so few women actually get mentored? The National Survey on Women [...]

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June 29th, 2011, 1:00 pm

Succession Planning: Why Companies Are So Bad at Picking Good Leaders

Contributed by Jeffrey Cohn and Jay Moran Many women today worry about what it takes to reach the top. They want to know what they can do to become better leaders. The old paradigm said that they should adopt a traditionally “masculine” style or set of traits. Very few experts believe that now. In fact, [...]

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June 29th, 2011, 6:00 am

Movers and Shakers: Jacqueline Allen, Senior Vice President, Finance, Equity Reporting, North America, Citi

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) Jacqueline Allen, SVP of Finance, Equities Reporting, North America at Citi, said the achievement she is most proud of is going back to school for her MBA. She explained, “I finally took the leap after having breakfast with the CEO of Equities at Citi. It was three years [...]

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June 28th, 2011, 6:00 am

Closet-Cultures Mean Costly Flight Risk for Employers

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) Last week the Center for Work Life Policy released a long-awaited report entitled “The Power of Out,” a report that details the cost of the closet. Based on the results of a CWLP survey, out of the estimated seven million LGBT employees in the US workforce, 48% are [...]

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June 27th, 2011, 5:00 am

35 Under 35: Sarah Odell, Manager, Talent & Organization Performance, Accenture

By Cleo Thompson (London), founder of The Gender Blog British born Sarah Odell began her career in the USA thanks to her youthful prowess with a lacrosse stick. Whilst at school in Surrey, she played for the English youth lacrosse team, was spotted by a US college recruiter, and won a sports scholarship to Vanderbilt [...]

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June 24th, 2011, 6:00 am

What’s Your Leadership Practice?

Contributed by CEO Coach Henna Inam If you want to be a better golfer what do you do? Practice. How about if you want to be a better musician? Practice. If you want to be a better leader, what do you do? You get the picture. So what’s your daily leadership practice? To improve our [...]

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June 23rd, 2011, 12:00 pm

How Does the City Approach the LGBT Workforce?

By Cleo Thompson (London), founder of The Gender Blog As part of this year’s celebrations of Gay Pride, The Glass Hammer decided to take a look at Sexuality in the City (of London) and ask – how are London’s big companies and financial institutions approaching the LGBT agenda and what do best practices look like [...]

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June 23rd, 2011, 6:00 am

Voice of Experience: Christie Smith PhD, Principal and Northern Pacific Sector Leader for Life Sciences, Deloitte Consulting LLP

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) Christie Smith, Principal at Deloitte Consulting LLP, is a passionate supporter of women in leadership, and has been significantly involved in the firm’s women’s initiatives since joining the organization in 2001. The former professional golfer said, “My advice to women is to be fearless.” One of the firm’s [...]

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June 22nd, 2011, 6:00 am

Voice of Experience: Shelley Hurley, Senior Executive, Executive Director, Risk Management and Global Resources Lead, Accenture

By Melissa J. Anderson (New York City) “Make sure that you understand what you want and also understand other’s expectations of you ,” advised Shelley Hurley, Executive Director of Risk Management and Global Resources lead at Accenture. She explained, “Sometimes you’re asked to take on a role that you’re not comfortable with. But stretching yourself [...]

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