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Sophia. Relationships, Mentors, Role Models and Heroes

By - Last updated: Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I asked Sophia to tell me about the experiences in her early life which she believes had the greatest impact on her work life and career. She replied it was her parents who had the most significant impact on her work life and career. She explained that she believes that she is successful because she works very hard and she thinks she got her work ethic from her parents. I asked her to tell me about the milestones and roadblocks in her career which stand out when she looks back and what she learned from them. Sophia said when she graduated with her MBA in 1982, it was the time of the last major recession and prior to that time when you ...

Lauren. Relationships. Mentors, Role Models, Heroes and Leaders

By - Last updated: Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I asked Lauren about the relationships in her life which have had the biggest impact on her work and career life. And she said: "I think my mentors had a big impact." Lauren was very junior when her first mentor walked into her office, sat down and said: "you know Lauren, you just make sure that you tell them exactly where you want to go, don't be in a job longer than two years at a junior level." He was terribly senior and he took the time to encourage her, telling her "come on, you can do it, you can do it" and she has never forgotten it. At the time he walked into her office and sat down she says ...

Erica. Role Models, Mentors and Other Heroes

By - Last updated: Friday, April 3, 2009

When I asked Erica to tell me about her role models, mentors and other heroes, she told me she had had lots of both from an early age. The first ones she recalled were the women who worked in her father's real estate company. She remembers these women being in their late 40s to mid 60s and describes them as having "fabulous lives and great clothes" and to her they just seemed to have the world by the tail. She always thought they were great! She liked their energy, the way they had fun, enjoyed each other's company and had "nice clothes". (She did mention their clothes twice. Obviously, their clothes made a big impression on young Erica!!) She remembers her ...

An Act of Courage and Inspiration!!

By - Last updated: Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Yesterday I did something I have wanted to do for more than 10 years, I interviewed my first "Babe on Bay Street". I conceived of the idea of writing a book about the wonderful women I had met during the course of my career on Bay Street after leaving my position with one of the financial institutions in early 1996. I wanted to tell the stories of the phenomenal women I had met because I admired them so greatly. I had a vast network of women in my life and when I left my job, the first thing I thought of doing was telling their stories. In the early 80's, when I started working on Bay Street, we had few role ...