January 30th, 2015 | 6:00 am

Learning from Others: The Toigo Foundation’s Annual Groundbreakers Summit

By Beth Senko

Business dealIn December, the Toigo Foundation, a partner of theglasshammer.com held its fourth annual Groundbreakers Summit for female leaders. This year’s theme was action-based and explored the key resources, tools and relationships needed to help women advance in their careers.

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January 29th, 2015 | 6:00 am

Voice of Experience: Pamela Click, Director and Senior Development Manager, TIAA-CREF

By Cathie Ericson

Pamela Click“You will work hard, but it will be rewarding,” says Pam Click of a career in technology. Now a senior manager and respected technologist at TIAA-CREF, Click’s hard work has finally paid off.

Her path to her current position at TIAA-CREF was somewhat circuitous: After earning a degree in accounting, Click started her career as a management consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), working with various clients in industries as diverse as consumer products, utilities and oil and gas.

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January 28th, 2015 | 6:00 am

How to Be a Conscious Listener – What it Means for Us and Others

Contributed by John Keyser

johnkeyserUltimately, our company’s results will be greatly affected by our organizational culture. Sure, we can drive our people on a short-term basis and can achieve significant results, but if our people are not fully engaged, enthusiastic, collaborative and proud of their work and company, and respect their boss and senior management, their contributions tail off and results become inconsistent.

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January 27th, 2015 | 6:00 am

Career Tip of the Week!

nickiheadshotBy Nicki Gilmour, Executive Coach and Organizational Psychologist

Welcome to Career Tip of the Week. In this column we aim to provide you with a useful snippet of advice to carry with you all week as you navigate the day to day path in your career.

This Week’s Tip Is…

Enjoy the journey, but know the destination.

Like Steven Covey’s advice of “begin with the end in mind”, it is good to review how your current job is a pathway to gathering the skills and relationships needed to take you to your next job.

January 26th, 2015 | 6:00 am

Voice of Experience: Kathryn Kaminsky, Partner, PwC

Kathryn Kaminsky will be a panelist at theglasshammer.com’s 4th Annual Navigating, Negotiating, & Building Your Strategic Network Event on February 26th.

By Cathie Ericson

KK pic (1)“There is a lot we can learn from men in the workforce,” says Kathryn Kaminsky, a Partner at PwC. “When they leave early to attend one of their kid’s sporting event, they do it with pride. They don’t slink out of the office — they’re excited, and women should behave that way too.”

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January 23rd, 2015 | 6:00 am

Voice of Experience: Joanne Moffic-Silver, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at the Chicago Board Options Exchange

By Jessica Titlebaum

Joanne Pic (1)“I wanted to be a criminal lawyer until I worked at the Northwestern law school clinic where, as a law student, I assisted in defending alleged murderers,” said Joanne Moffic-Silver, the Chicago Board Options Exchange’s (CBOE) Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Moffic-Silver ultimately decided that career wasn’t for her after attending a graphic crime scene.

Moffic-Silver graduated from the Northwestern University’s School of Law with a J.D. degree with honors in 1977. Inspired by one of her employment law professors, her first job out of school was at a labor and employment law firm.

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January 22nd, 2015 | 6:00 am

Thought Leader: Donna Parisi on the Derivatives Industry 2015

By CEO Nicki Gilmour

Donna Parisi, Partner and head of Shearman & Sterling’s Derivatives and Structured Products practice, sits down with theglasshammer.com to share her thoughts on the outlook for the derivatives industry in 2015 and beyond. Donna was profiled back in 2010 on theglasshammer.com.

Donna will be a panelist at our Annual Navigating Your Career event on 26th February that will address the topic of “Engaging Men as Diversity Champions.” Shearman & Sterling is a sponsor of this event alongside Goldman Sachs and BNY Mellon.

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January 21st, 2015 | 6:00 am

Mover and Shaker Stephanie Curulewski: Partnership and Trading Manager, BP

By Cathie Ericson

DSC_8923“Most people are good people, and they’re trying to do the right thing. If you assume that everyone has a good reason for what they’re doing, you can make progress by coming at issues from the positive side,” says Stephanie Curulewski.

That philosophy has anchored her career and helped her ascend the ladder, even as she created a part-time position that has given her the best of both worlds.

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January 20th, 2015 | 6:00 am

Voice of Experience: Nancy Laethem Stern, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Allston Holdings LLC

By Cathie Ericson

“Industries are always evolving, and adapting to the changes is a key part of your career,” says Nancy Laethem Stern, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Allston Holdings. “You can’t view the world as static; instead you have to be prepared to adapt and anticipate ways in which things are going to change.”

Wise advice from Stern, who has seen many of those changes throughout her career. After graduating from law school at the University of Michigan, she clerked for a federal judge for two years and then joined a large law firm as a litigation associate. She subsequently transferred to the corporate department, where she worked on M&A and securities matters. She was elected partner and named vice chair of the corporate department. After 10 years she moved to another large law firm, where she focused on M&A and corporate governance.

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January 19th, 2015 | 6:00 am

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

Dear Readers,

We are taking the day off in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day here in the U.S. We are inspired by Dr. King’s vision of a better future for all people, and it is our hope that The Glass Hammer provides you with the tools and inspiration to work toward workplace equality as well.

As Dr. King said, “The time is always right to do what is right.”