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Donna. Advice for Young Women

By - Last updated: Thursday, February 18, 2010

I asked Donna to tell me about the best advice she had ever been given and what she would pass along to a young woman. She said: "Don't sweat the small stuff.  Someone actually said that to me once and I thought you know what you can't be everything to everyone.  You have to keep your perspective and keep your sense of humour about things.  It doesn't mean you aren't driven and it doesn't mean you aren't focused but you can keep your sense of humour and keep things in perspective as well. Life's full of compromises and I think it actually can work pretty well."   In terms of offering specific advice to young women, Donna had the following to say: ...

Donna. Working Mothers, Male and Female Careers

By - Last updated: Friday, February 12, 2010

I asked Donna whether she had any regrets about being a working mother, how she balanced all of the competing demands on her time and whether she had any advice or secrets she could share with a young woman who is attempting to do the same thing.  She says she was asked that question once when she spoke to a group of women in business school at university. One of them asked her if she regretted not being home when her kids were young.  Her oldest daughter was in the audience because she was attending the same university. Donna said she had tried to make it all work and her daughter stood up and said she thought she should answer ...

Donna. Role Models, Mentors and Heroes. Leaders and Leadership

By - Last updated: Wednesday, February 3, 2010

I asked Donna whether she had role models, mentors, and heroes. And if she did, what she saw in how they behaved that she found admirable and influential, how they had helped her grow and develop personally and/or professionally, and what impact, if any, having one had on her success. She said: "I wish I could say that I had role models. When I started there were few women in senior positions in business and I didn't know any women that combined work and children.  That's different now.  There are more role models so young girls and women starting out can see what works and what doesn't work.  In terms of heroes and mentors, I did have mentors and ...

Donna. Early Life Experiences and Relationships

By - Last updated: Thursday, January 28, 2010

I asked Donna to tell me about the experiences in her early life which she believes had the greatest impact on her work life and career. She said there were two things which were the biggest influences. The first influence was that she was the oldest of six kids, so she was used to running stuff a little bit. And the second big influence was her father who is the person who originally encouraged her to go into finance.   I asked Donna to tell me about her career in terms of the milestones, obstacles, difficulties or roadblocks that stand out when she looks back and what she had learned from all of these experiences and where she turned for support ...