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posted April 20th, 2011 by Janet Graham

The Beqaj Interview

This is the last in a series of posts I will publish based on an interview I did with Jim Beqaj to gain his perspective on the progress of women in the financial services industry. Jim is a respected veteran of the financial services industry and author of the recently published "How To Hire The Perfect Employer" which I reviewed in a previous post. (Check out my review; I loved his book!!)   I asked Jim what advice he would have for a person going through a management change or major restructuring in order for them to survive and prosper. He said:   "Well, I would say the exact same thing to a man or woman and it is that when your new boss comes in you need to be able to articulate to them very quickly what value you bring to the equation and why you're there and why you should continue to ...

posted April 15th, 2011 by Janet Graham

The Beqaj Interview

This is the sixth in a series of posts I will publish based on an interview I did with Jim Beqaj to gain his perspective on the progress of women in the financial services industry. Jim is a respected veteran of the financial services industry and author of the recently published "How To Hire The Perfect Employer" which I reviewed in a previous post. (Check out my review; I loved his book!!)   I asked Jim if he thought it was a good idea for women to have alliances with other women either informally or formally, in the latter case, like Women in Capital Markets or the Women's Network or other similar associations, whether he thinks that helps them or hurts them. He said:   "Well, I think exclusive clubs are frowned upon.  I don't care if it's an all-Jewish club or if it's an all-rich club or an all anything. I think people ...

posted April 13th, 2011 by Janet Graham

The Beqaj Interview

This is the fifth in a series of posts I will publish based on an interview I did with Jim Beqaj to gain his perspective on the progress of women in the financial services industry. Jim is a respected veteran of the financial services industry and author of the recently published "How To Hire The Perfect Employer" which I reviewed in a previous post. (Check out my review; I loved his book!!)     I asked Jim what advice he would give to women in the securities industry, in particular young women. He responded:     "Don't go.  No, I'm only kidding.  I think that... well my own daughter's not going into the securities industry.  She's going to go into the television industry.  The advice I would give to women in the financial services industry would be to really... and probably not dissimilar to any other industry they go into... would be to really understand what ...

posted April 8th, 2011 by Janet Graham

The Beqaj Interview

This is the fourth in a series of posts I will publish based on an interview I did with Jim Beqaj to gain his perspective on the progress of women in the financial services industry. Jim is a respected veteran of the financial services industry and author of the recently published "How To Hire The Perfect Employer" which I reviewed in a previous post. (Check out my review; I loved his book!!)   I asked Jim whether he saw himself as a mentor to both men and women and, if so, how his mentoring relationships developed. He said:   "I think there's no question that I see myself as a mentor as there are tons of people all over the street that have worked for me over 25 or 30 years in the industry, who I spent a lot of time with, figuring out how they worked, how they're wired, how to improve them, ...