November 12th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Evaluating Progress and the Road Ahead at FIA’s 30th Annual Expo

By Jessica Titlebaum

Sharon Bowen at FIAThe Futures Industry Association (FIA) held their 30th annual Expo in Chicago last week featuring over 4000 delegates representing 30 countries and showcasing the latest in technology and services with 130 exhibitors.

While attendees and speakers were optimistic about the state of the markets, serious issues impacting the derivatives industry were discussed. Topics included the status of Dodd Frank implementation, concerns about insufficient funding at the regulatory level and the continuous need to manage market risk.

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November 11th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Lessons from Female Veterans: Command with Confidence

Guest Contribution by Col. Jill Morgenthaler

iStock_000004638435XSmall[1]If you wish to lead, you need to demonstrate confidence. If you don’t have the conviction that you can lead, why would anyone follow?

In 1996, as a lieutenant colonel, I was a peacekeeper in Bosnia. War had turned neighbor against neighbor, and many villages bore the evidence of ethnic cleansing: houses were blown up, men and boys murdered, and women and girls dragged to sex camps. Many villages had stockpiled weapons to protect themselves from outsiders.

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November 10th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Voice of Experience: Kim Anderson, Senior Vice President of Mutual Fund Product Development, Voya Investment Management (formerly ING U.S. Investment Management)

By Beth Senko

rsz_kim_2Whether it is searching out long-lost shareholders for a proxy vote, creating new or merging existing mutual funds, or overseeing the myriad steps it takes to rebrand a family of 161 mutual funds, Kim Anderson spends her days finding ways to get things done.

Learning by Doing – Often without a Net
Kim Anderson started out as a banker in the early 90’s when the Glass-Steagall Act was repealed. Her employer, then known as Bank One AZ, decided to get into the business of selling mutual funds and Kim took her first steps into what was largely uncharted territory for both her and the banking industry. “I became a compliance principal and was responsible for approving the trades made by the bank’s representatives.” Her time at the bank was a big opportunity to prove herself and as she notes, “I learned about mutual funds and the industry, which set the stage for where I am today.”

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November 7th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Optimistic Outlook at Third Annual WILD Symposium

By Jessica Titlebaum


Photograph courtesy of Caroline Ma

Women in Listed Derivatives (WILD), a not for profit organization launched in 2009 and dedicated to helping women advance in the listed and OTC derivatives space, held the 3rd annual WILD Symposium at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in October. While the derivatives industry has experienced change due to Dodd-Frank regulation; the Symposium set out to evaluate the new landscape and help women identify and prepare for emerging opportunities.

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November 6th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Tech Firms: Top, Middle and Bottom- the numbers are lacking everywhere

By Rebecca S. Caum
iStock_000000837540XSmallWhen Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, announced to a room full of women, at a recent conference for women in technology, that it was “good karma” not to ask for raises, he unintentionally brought the tech industry’s male centric culture and composition to the center stage of what has been an ongoing point of concern.

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November 5th, 2014 | 6:00 am

The Importance of Becoming a Lifelong Learner

Guest Contribution by Ashley Bryant

iStock_000000616696XSmallIn a recent interview with Campbell Soup’s CEO, Denise Morrison, she’s quoted as saying, “I knew from an early age that I wanted to lead a company. I developed a strategic process for my career path that set the final destination, developed the career track, identified skills to build, took positions to gain experience and sought leadership and management training on the job.” Denise Morrison understands that in order to reach the top, you must become a lifelong learner. Taking risks, learning how to effectively network and developing leadership and management skills are just a few items she calls out in recounting how she rose through the ranks and eventually became one of the most respected female CEOs of our time.

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November 4th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Want to get ahead in tech? Get a male sponsor, go to industry events, and check your bias at the door

By Nicki Gilmour

iStock_000004922748XSmallLucy Sanders CEO of NCWIT (National Center for Women & Information Technology) gave the keynote on “Women and innovation” at ‘s 5th annual women in technology career event on 23rd October 2014.

NCWIT is an amazing organization that connects and supports change leaders from across the nation and across the pipeline (K-12 through career) in their efforts to increase girls’ and women’s meaningful participation in computing. There are over 150 free research backed resources (reports, tool kits, data sets, etc.) available on their site for those interested in leading the change.

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November 3rd, 2014 | 6:00 am

Voice of Experience: Denise Menelly, Shared Service Operations Executive, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Welcome to The Glass Hammer’s “Women in Tech” month! We will be celebrating successful women in technology all month long!

By Michelle Hendelman

rsz_denise_menelly_executive_pic_1With 30 years of experience in financial services now, Menelly got her start early when she was selected to participate in a management intern program at Bankers Trust. Here, Menelly realized that she always tended to gravitate toward situations where problem solving skills were critical. She added, “This solidified my interest in developing business solutions and bolstered my tolerance for digging into the level of detail required to create large scale solutions.” Menelly spent twelve years at Banker’s Trust and gradually increased her responsibilities by working on bigger and bigger projects for numerous departments across the bank.

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October 31st, 2014 | 6:00 am

The’s 5th Annual Women in Technology Career Panel

By CEO and Founder Nicki Gilmour

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TGH 5th Annual Women in Technology Panelists

Nicki Gilmour, CEO of welcomed 250 women to ’s 5th Annual Women in Technology event last Thursday night at the auditorium at American Express. Guests enjoyed an amazing evening of shared experiences and good advice from the panelists who are all navigating their career paths as women in technology. The keynote, presented by Lucy Sanders, CEO of NCWIT addressed stereotyping in tech and how women can innovate which will be covered in full next week on

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October 30th, 2014 | 6:00 am

STEM Companies Keep Driving Women MBAs Away

By Melissa Anderson

iStock_000005922401XSmallA new Catalyst study shows that companies in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) industries are setting women MBAs up to fail from the start.

“The STEM industry has a poor reputation and our research shows that reputation is deserved. There is a significant gender gap across STEM, and not just in technical roles,” says Anna Beninger, director of research at Catalyst.

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