The Alpha and Gender Diversity 2017 conference will be held 18–19 September in Toronto. This event, the latest in the series of CFA Institute Women in Investment Management events, offers a range of topics relevant to investment professionals, their clients, their employers, and the broader finance industry. Delegates will have opportunities to discuss gender diversity, foster professional development, and meet peers from other regions in North America.
Financial Times columnist Lucy Kellaway writes about office life, pushing back against some deep-rooted habits and misconceptions among workers and job applicants alike. She discussed her viewpoints on the financial workplace in a Take 15 interview with Lauren Foster, exploring such subjects as happiness, creativity, and the widespread use of misleading euphemisms.
Barbara Roberts shared the lessons she has learned in her over 20 years as an entrepreneur and entrepreneur adviser at the CFA Institute Alpha and Gender Diversity conference. She focused on what she calls “the owner’s journey,” specifically the issues owner-entrepreneurs must navigate in managing their wealth.
Brenda Trenowden, CFA, and Diane Nordin, CFA, shared firsthand knowledge about corporate board composition and governance, as well as advice on how women in investment management can blaze their own paths to serving on boards.
Some familiar leadership competencies include decisiveness, confidence, flexibility, intelligence, perseverance, and respect. But executive coach and author Julie Jansen notes a few others that deserve closer examination.
“While women’s leadership advancement is no longer impossible,” says Hannah Riley Bowles, “it is awfully tricky.” She urges women to think about career negotiations from a more strategic perspective.
So what is it that makes one team "smarter" than another? Anita Williams Woolley believes it's collective intelligence. A key component of collective intelligence is social perceptiveness. and it turns out women tend to be better at that than men. So when constructing teams, be sure to include more women.
“Fear has defined my working life,” Lucy Kellaway says. But it was not the fear that she inspired in others or the fear that others attempted to instill in her. She was driven by a self-imposed fear of “being found out,” a fear that she would fail to meet expectations. That fear was her greatest weapon.
Fresh off her ouster as CEO of Citi Global Wealth Management, Sallie Krawcheck spent some time studying the causes of the Great Recession. An epiphany led her to what she believes was the prime culprit: groupthink. So is there a cure for groupthink that could forestall another financial crisis? Krawcheck thinks there is.
The pioneering businesswoman Barbara Roberts examined how far women in finance have come in the last 50 years and presented some surprising research about where things may be heading today in her presentation at the recent Women in Investment Management Conference. In particular, she focused on demographic changes, the ongoing pay gap, and the blossoming influence of millennials.
Truly diverse teams bring to bear broader networks of resources, power, and talent and when led by a culturally fluent leader can significantly outperform less diverse teams. Abandoning exclusionary habits and building a consistently inclusive firm culture is not a simple endeavor. Still, as leaders you can employ strategies to move the firm in this direction.
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