October 10th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Capturing Innovation: How Can Companies Make Tech Teams More Diverse?

By Cathie Ericson

iStock_000016827030XSmallThe news has been astounding: People are face palming over the fact that only 15% of the tech employees at Facebook are women.

And they are atwitter that it’s even slightly worse over at Twitter – only 10% of the tech employees are women.

But while people immediately tend to fault the company’s hiring practices, Karen Catlin, a former vice president at Adobe Systems who currently works to develop women leaders in the tech industry, maintains that the companies aren’t necessarily doing a poor job hiring women; they’re just not finding the candidates they need. And then, even when women are hired, they tend to leave the company earlier than men.

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October 9th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Voice of Experience: Katrina Roberts, Vice President, Acting Head of Global Network and International Consumer Technology, American Express

By Michelle Hendelman

Katrina_RobertsKatrina Roberts never envisioned herself having a career in IT, but now, after joining American Express over twenty years ago, she could never imagine herself anywhere else. Originally, Roberts planned on entering the hospitality business as a hotel manager, but after gaining some hands on experience in the industry while she was still a student, Roberts determined that was not the perfect career fit for her.

Although Roberts was still unsure of her exact career trajectory leaving college, she knew that she had a strong interest in travel and tourism. With some encouragement from her father, a Kodak employee, Roberts applied to work at American Express.

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October 8th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Success, Perfection and Losing Our Happiness

Guest Contribution by Yesi Morillo-Gual

A Happy business woman with other colleagues in the backgroundHappiness is sought and deserved by everyone, yet many don’t know how define it or if they truly deserve it. Considered “an elusive and evanescent thing”, according to a New York Times article published in December 2013, happiness is something we work against by behaving in ways that deplete us. Our belief of happiness is also dictated by society’s definition and expectations of what we should be, and have. Often associated with titles, money and material possessions, happiness easily becomes a checklist – a series of “to do’s” that should be result in total bliss.

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October 7th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Making the Grade in Women Entrepreneurship: Gender-GEDI Shows Countries How

By Michele Drayton

iStock_000019152998XSmallAs the fall season begins, it’s a good time to check the progress of how countries are faring in removing the hurdles that hamper women entrepreneurs from reaching their full potential.

Look no further than the 2014 Gender-Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (Gender-GEDI) funded by Dell. This one-of-a kind global study identified and analyzed factors that influence whether a woman’s business stays small to middling or expands into a powerhouse. That is, it becomes an integral part of a region’s economic fabric, creating well-paying jobs, sought-after products and cross-border trade opportunities.

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October 6th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Voice of Experience: Emmanuelle Rivet, Partner, PwC US

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_er_bio_pic“Embrace the fact that you might be different and have a different way of approaching things,” said Emmanuelle Rivet, Partner at PwC US. “Focus instead on what drives you and find your internal purpose,” she continued.

This is just one key piece of advice that Rivet offered to young women starting out in their career, and it is something that helped her immensely when she was making an important transition in her own career; transferring from PwC France to pursue opportunities within the US firm’s Silicon Valley office.

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October 3rd, 2014 | 6:00 am

Voice of Experience: Elizabeth Nieto, Global Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, MetLife

The Glass Hammer is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by featuring profiles of Hispanic Women Business Leaders all week long!

By Cathie Ericson

Nieto_Elizabeth-6-10_2012[1]“Women who have power can continue to push the envelope on women’s interests,” Elizabeth Nieto says. “We can complain about where we are or focus on what we’re achieving. Things may not be perfect in the corporate world, but we’ve accomplished a lot and we have to build from here. Our daughters are watching us and making decisions about their lives based on how we make decisions about our own lives.”

This perspective is what drives Nieto as she implements programs focused on building a diverse and inclusive workplace at MetLife.

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October 2nd, 2014 | 6:00 am

Voice of Experience: Sandra Aresti, Partner, PwC

The Glass Hammer is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by featuring profiles of Hispanic Women Business Leaders all week long!

By Michelle Hendelman

rsz_aresti_sandraSandra Aresti, PwC partner, advises young professionals to enjoy the moment because time goes by so fast. “Don’t get caught up in the minute details,” she said. “Work hard, but also take the time to breathe, relax, and trust that your career is about the journey and not the destination.”

Career at PwC
“Despite an early interest in medicine, I knew in college that I wanted to pursue a career related to finance,” said Aresti.

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October 1st, 2014 | 6:00 am

Hispanic Heritage Update: Where are the Latina Leaders in Corporate America?

By Beth Senko

iStock_000008227662XSmallWhere are the Latina Leaders in financial services, in technology and in the Fortune 500 at large in the United States?

At first glance, it is easy to think they are almost entirely absent from the top echelons of business since only 35 women sit in the most senior executive management positions in the whole of the Fortune 1000. The 2012 Fortune 50 Most Powerful Women list includes only Gisele Ruiz, COO of Wal-Mart US.

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September 30th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Voice of Experience: Maria Hackley, Managing Director, Global Financial Institution Group, Citi

The Glass Hammer is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by featuring profiles of Hispanic Women Business Leaders all week long!

By Cathie Ericson

rsz_maria_hackleyMaria Hackley believes that women need to ensure they are as well prepared as their male counterparts to rise in the corporate world. Women and men are hired in almost equal amounts as undergraduates, but as they climb the ladder, the numbers change. “Be assertive in a respectful manner, but make sure your voice is heard,” she says.

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September 29th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Voice of Experience: Paula Arrojo, Managing Director and Private Wealth Advisor, Investment Management, Goldman Sachs

The Glass Hammer is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by featuring profiles of Hispanic Women Business Leaders all week long!

By Cathie Ericson

rsz_arrojo_paula“Throughout my career, I could have taken the easy road, but I’m proud of myself for accepting a challenge,” says Paula Arrojo, managing director and private wealth advisor in the Investment Management Division at Goldman Sachs. “If you have good reasons to want to do something different or innovative and the risk is well articulated, Goldman values that ambition and desire to move forward,” she says.

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