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Voice of Experience: Julianne Thomas; CoS-Compliance Americas; Barclays

By Cathie Ericson A network is the key to a successful career, says Barclays’ Julianne Thomas. Despite her rapid rise in the company, she says she wishes she’d done a better job of building her network more thoughtfully from the beginning — both internally and externally, as well as leveraging the two together. Three Decades… Read More

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7 Tips All Businesswomen Need to Conquer the Fear of Public Speaking

Guest contributed by Fiona Cutts Being able to speak confidently and well in public is essential for any ambitious woman looking to advance her position and career prospects. And yet, statistics show that 74% of people are afraid of public speaking and so, unlikely to perform at their best. Here are some proven strategies for… Read More

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How to trot not plod through the Year of the Dog

By Nicki Gilmour, Executive Coach and Organizational Psychologist The Year of the Rooster is over and the Year of the Dog is beginning in the Chinese (lunar) New Year. So, if January did not feel as good as you would have liked it to, or if you are now ready to get what you want,… Read More

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Voice of Experience: Susan Reid, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion Morgan Stanley

By Cathie Ericson At this point in her career, Morgan Stanley’s Susan Reid says that she understands now more than ever how important it is to build relationships – and that she wishes she had had a more concrete understanding as a new professional. “Like many younger people I focused quite a bit on building… Read More

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Women Should Tell More Stories About Themselves

Guest contributed by Ester Choy “Women tend to be less comfortable with self-promotion — and more likely to be criticized when they do grab the spotlight,” reported Susan Chira in the New York Times in July 2017, after extensive interviews that included many CEOs and would-be CEOs. Self-promotion is a delicate balance. But the alternative—hoping… Read More

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Bonus Banked? What’s Next?

By Nicki Gilmour, Executive Coach and Organizational Psychologist Bonus season is over for another year and so the should I stay or should I go question could loom again for you? Chances are, if you work in banking and financial services, you stayed put until this payday. But, with a year ahead, its a good… Read More

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Voice of Experience: Carly Scales, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs, Consumer & Commercial Banking Division

By Cathie Ericson “Throughout your career, finding your true north and being comfortable in your own skin is really important,” says Goldman Sachs’ Carly Scales. “Having authenticity and being able to bring your full self to the office is an important component to ensure you can do your best work and contribute to your team… Read More

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The Black Ceiling: It’s Not A Minor(ity) Problem

By Aimee Hansen Even though 2017 was a record year, women in the C-Suite (32 women in CEO jobs, vs. 21 in 2016) amidst Fortune 500 companies, no African American women have sat at the helm since Ursula Burns stepping down at Xerox in late 2016. Soon there will soon be only three black CEOs… Read More

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How to Stay & Rise, Rather Than Leave

Guest contributed by Avery-Taylor Philips More and more often we hear stories of women in executive positions leaving the corporate world and setting up their own businesses. Female entrepreneurship has been on the rise in recent years. Why is this and what causes women to leave their executive positions rather than continuing to progress within… Read More

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Black History Month and Your Role in Helping Others

By Nicki Gilmour, Executive Coach and Organizational Psychologist Black History Month is about celebrating amazing people of color. For us on theglasshammer.com we celebrate women of color and all types of women all year long but we do recognize that intersectionality is real (simply put, being a woman with another social identity that is “other”,… Read More

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Voice of Experience: Noel Abdur-Rahim, Assurance Senior Manager, PwC

By Cathie Ericson PwC’s Noel Abdur-Rahim knows it’s vital to bring up other professionals alongside you. “You can’t look around at the other professionals at your level and then above you and say ‘Only one or a few of us can make it,’ thereby setting up a spirit of competition. We are stronger when we… Read More

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Mover & Shaker: Lisa Goldkamp, Vice President of Partner Development & Sales Solutions at WEX Health

By Cathie Ericson Hard work indeed pays off – and you can’t shirk that part – but hard work alone doesn’t mean doors will automatically open for you, says Lisa Goldkamp. The key, she says, is to work smarter and draw on your own emotional intelligence. “You can’t quietly sit there and expect everyone to… Read More

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Moving Forward Positively After Losing Your Job

 Guest contributed by Alice Berg Losing your job can happen to any of us. If you got fired, don’t get desperate. Yes, it is worrying and somewhat frustrating but you should see it as an opportunity to look at your career journey so far. Losing your job could be an opportunity to move in a… Read More

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Mover and Shaker: Amelie Jeangeorges, Senior Manager, Chief of Staff to the Global Human Capital Leader, PwC

By Cathie Ericson “Be authentic, passionate and energized. Never give up as you work hard to get what you want to achieve.” That’s the advice that Amelie Jeangeorges has for other women who want to succeed. When Amelie first began her corporate career, she feared she might lose her personal brand and just become a… Read More

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Mover & Shaker: Irina Hossu, Vice President Finance, Corporate Payments, WEX

By Cathie Ericson Trust yourself and your gut, says WEX’ Irina Hossu. “It’s ok to make mistakes, but you have to realize that a failure is only a failure if you don’t learn from it,” she says, adding that she realizes she has been overly hard on herself at different phases in her career. “You… Read More

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Mental Health and the Office Why It Matters More Than Ever to Be Open About Your Struggles

Guest contributed by Katie McBeth Every year World Mental Health Day is commemorated. This day of recognition is meant to help raise awareness, help dismantle the stigma, and provide those who suffer with access to support if they need it. The focus of last year was mental health in the office: how awareness, stigma, and… Read More

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Becoming a high performer – stress recovery and renewal matters!

By Nicki Gilmour, Executive Coach and Organizational Psychologist As ambitious, hard working women, we are often not satisfied about what we have achieved at work. We often feel insecure about giving less than 150% at work for fear of losing ground. And, the truth is, most of us work in very competitive industries that require… Read More

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Voice of Experience: Rebecca Marques, Shearman & Sterling LLP

By Cathie Ericson When you’re first launching your career, you often feel like an imposter and can’t envision yourself in the senior position where you will eventually end up, points out Rebecca Marques, newly-elected partner in the Capital Markets practice at Shearman & Sterling. Even though it’s fun to look back and think, “If I… Read More

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Men: It’s Easy to Be a Workplace Ally – Here’s How

Guest contributed by Deborah Pine and Trish Foster By now it’s no surprise to read that, in 2017, women still face more workplace challenges than men. According to McKinsey’s 2016 Women in the Workplace report, more than 75 percent of CEOs include gender equality in their top ten business priorities, but progress is still frustratingly… Read More

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