November 19th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Know Your Goal and Know Your Role: Connecting the Dots to Success

Guest Contribution By Danielle Tate, CEO of

iStock_000002618796XSmallDo you know what your goal is? Is it happiness, independence, wealth or a combination of those things? The key to success is knowing your specific goal and the steps to achieving it. Waking up each morning with your goal burning in your brain will help you steer your day and life towards its achievement.

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November 18th, 2014 | 6:00 am

What Drives Male Diversity Champions

By Melissa J. Anderson

iStock_000004922748XSmallEven today in 2014, the vast majority of leadership in industries like the physical sciences or financial services is made up of men, which, can create a self-fulfilling prophecy of “think leader, think male” since men and also women hold firm stereotypes around which gender assigned traits make good leadership traits.

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November 17th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Voice of Experience: Amanda Tepper, CEO of Chestnut Advisory Group

By Cathie Ericson

rsz_atepperheadshotFresh out of college, Amanda Tepper, currently a financial industry leader as founder and CEO of Chestnut Advisory Group, set her sights on a career in the radio industry. “And then one night, as I stood on stage introducing Ozzy Osbourne, I realized it was not for me. Time to get off the ‘Crazy Train’,” she says.

That wakeup call sent Tepper to the career networking office at her alma mater, Brown University, where she found a job on Wall Street at Mabon, Nugent & Co — and she has never looked back.

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November 14th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Op-Ed: Ana Botin got promoted on merit not nepotism

By Nneka Orji

iStock_000004094096XSmallIn September 2014, Ana Botin succeeded her father Emilio Botin at Santander and has been named the top female banker in Europe by Bloomberg.

This appointment makes Ana the first woman to chair a global bank. She has worked hard to win this position and has positive endorsements from Citi’s ex chief Sanford “Sandy” Weill.

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November 13th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Why Wall St. Wants You Back: Returning From a Career Break

By Cathie Ericson

iStock_000006492382XSmallAttention, downshifters: Wall Street wants you back. And they’re proving it with a plethora of returnship programs especially designed to appeal to those employees, especially women, who have taken a break and now are ready to jump back in.

There are differing opinions over who was the first to launch a returnship program — with Lehman’s Encore program before its fall from grace, closely followed by Goldman Sachs with its returnship program it launched in 2008. These structured programs are similar to the internships that financial services firms created for college students, but at an accelerated pace with refresher skills courses for this audience of women who already have experience in the industry.

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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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