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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October 29th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Three Lessons about Organizational Politics I wish I knew Earlier

Guest Contribution by Michelle Brailsford (London, England)

iStock_000017642294XSmallOn the topic of organizational politics, what I know now after 30 years in the Fortune 500 world and what I knew starting out is vastly different. I have learned many important lessons about ‘managing politics’ and how important it is to ‘play the game’ in order to be both successful and happy at work. I learned those lessons the hard way and today I coach many women about the importance of managing power, perceptions and personalities (stakeholders). If I could go back in time and tell my young self what I know now, here is what I would impart:

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October 28th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Can’t Code, But Have a Degree in Accounting, Marketing or Graphic Design? 4 Tips To Get Hired by a Tech Company

By Mai Browne

iStock_000002379502XSmallIn the past few decades, the world has seen household name technology companies such as Microsoft, Apple, Google and Facebook launched by a succession of young engineers. The massive success of these enterprises, and their famous founders, give many people the impression that tech companies are always led by engineers. Not so. In a Harvard Business Review article titled “Tech Startups Need Non-Techies to Succeed,” tech entrepreneur Ndubuisi Ekekwe noted that non-tech-related factors often play an instrumental role in a tech company’s success.

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October 27th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Voice of Experience: Jo Hannaford, Global Co-Head of Enterprise Platforms Team, Global Co-Head of Compliance Technology, Head of EMEA Federation Technology, Goldman Sachs

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

Hannaford, JoanneBy Michelle Hendelman

Jo Hannaford has been in Technology for 24 years, and thinks of herself as fortunate for having the opportunity to pursue a career which she enjoys.

“Technology is a fast-changing environment,” she explained, “I have learned to act positively when faced with uncertainty. Embrace new opportunities and look forward to the new experiences.”

Career in Technology
Hannaford was always drawn toward technology, and when she earned a First Class Honours degree in Computer Science, she validated her interest in the field with her talent and skill. She had an ‘apprentice’ attitude to her early career – looking for opportunities to learn new technical disciplines and gain knowledge.

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