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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September 26th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Non-Compete Clauses – How to Loosen the Shackles

iStock_000000227687XSmallBy Nneka Orji

“Putting you in handcuffs”; so reads the Forbes 2010 article title about non-compete clauses in employment contracts. This negative portrayal of non-competes is not unique. A Harvard Business Review blog titled “Non-compete clauses punish the wrong party” is just as damning, and a recent poll by the Boston Globe has shown that 70% of the Massachusetts respondents want non-competes banned across the state.

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September 25th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Career Advancement: Why it’s Worth Taking Risks

iStock_000010491842XSmallBy Nneka Orji

“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.”  T.S. Eliot

We seem to be encouraged to take risks in many aspects of life in the hope or expectation of reaping greater rewards; from high-risk, high-return financial investments to extreme sports for “the thrill”. In our careers, we are also challenged with taking risks to increase the likelihood of successful career progression. Playing it safe, we’re told, will not differentiate us from our peers.

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September 24th, 2014 | 6:00 am

Are You Making Rookie Mistakes in Job Interviews?

Guest Contribution by Devika Arora

jobsearchToday’s woman is ambitious and hungry for individuality. She is eager to live her dreams, for which she wishes to become financially independent by earning her own bread and butter. This is why an increasing number of women are finding themselves back on the job hunt. But what happens when the same women sit for an interview and are questioned about their capabilities? Why is it hard for them to nail a job interview that should have been a walk in the park? The following article will highlight the 10 of the most common mistakes that women tend to make during job interviews.

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September 23rd, 2014 | 6:00 am

It’s Not You – It’s Them: What To Do When You Feel Undervalued at Work

iStock_000016936230XSmallBy Cathie Ericson

The boss doesn’t appreciate what I do. I am not getting paid enough. I am twice as smart as John, and he is getting better assignments.

Any of these thoughts ever go through your head? Undoubtedly, because according to the American Psychological Association, almost half of employees feel undervalued at work.

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September 22nd, 2014 | 6:00 am

Voice of Experience: Kelly Williams, President of Private Markets, GCM Grosvenor

By Michelle Hendelman

kelly_williamsThe pivotal moment of Kelly Williams’ career came when she was given the opportunity to step outside of her comfort zone and go in a completely new direction. “I started as a project finance lawyer in the private sector, where I was one of few women,” said Williams, who later took a position working in-house with Prudential Financial.

“Then I had the chance to move over to the business side because someone believed in me and recognized that I had the skills and ability to thrive in this new role in a different environment than what I was used to,” Williams continued.

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