Inspired and Inspiring – Billy Crystal pays tribute to his “Big Brother” Muhammad Ali

posted June 17th, 2016 by Janet Graham

I loved Billy Crystal’s tribute to Muhammad Ali at Ali’s recent funeral. I found it incredibly loving and very inspiring…..well worth watching whether you know anything about Ali or the sport of boxing. You will find it by following the link below.


Please let  me know what you think!!

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Hillary Clinton – Two Perspectives

posted June 13th, 2016 by Janet Graham

Finally….two articles appeared in the papers over the last several days which articulate the way my generation sees Hillary Clinton and the way the millennial generation sees her!! I had been deeply curious about the difference in perspectives and although I now feel I understand a little better, I am still troubled by these differences!!


From Dominique Browning, in the New York Times


From Molly Roberts in the National Post,


I would love to hear your thoughts!! Please share them in the comments section or email me!!

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Forty and Other F-words: Mid-Life Musings on the Relevance of Feminism

posted June 1st, 2016 by Janet Graham

The approach of some personal mile-markers has prompted me to think about feminism, equality, law and social change. And, I am more convinced than ever, as I approach my 40th birthday, that feminism remains relevant, both for me and for the younger woman lawyers coming up behind me.


I’m approaching some milestones this year.  My 40th birthday is approaching at the end of the summer, and my fifteen year law school reunion is coming then too, both of which signal that I’m no longer a “young lawyer”, by any stretch of the imagination. I’m now leaving behind unequivocally the status of being part of the “new generation” of lawyers, with gratitude, and without hesitation. And, at the same time, my children are on the cusp of entering their teens.


I graduated from university at 20, and I started law school, grad school, and practice young. I spent over a decade as the …

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Why We Need More Women in Capital Markets

posted May 26th, 2016 by Janet Graham

The following post was written by Warren Thomson Sr EVP & CIO, Manulife and Chairman, Manulife Asset Management and posted by him on linkedin in response to my request for “A little help from my friends!!” I am grateful to Warren for taking the time to respond and for agreeing to share his linkedin post but most of all I am honoured to call him a friend!!

As you may have heard, a certain financial industry dinosaur that you all know, still working away on the street, was recently recognized as a Champion of Change by Women in Capital Markets at their annual Gala Dinner in March of this year.

While this honour was greatly appreciated, I have to admit that despite my best efforts, the female to male ratio in our industry and in my sphere of influence has not moved as much as I …

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