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Freddie. Career Milestones

By - Last updated: Thursday, July 2, 2009

Freddie says one of the big milestones for her at the securities firm she had joined was meeting a man who would become her mentor. And she thinks her experience with him illustrates that when you have an advocate, a sponsor, someone that believes in you, irrespective of who they are or their gender, it makes the world of difference. She says: "This man probably believed in me more than I believed in myself and as a consequence he put a bunch of opportunities in front of me over the years. Ironically every time he'd put an opportunity in front of me, I would say, no, I can't do that, I can't do that." And he would say: "What do ...

Freddie. Early Life Experiences, University Years, Sales and Trading

By - Last updated: Friday, June 26, 2009

I asked Freddie to tell me about the experiences in her early life which she felt had the greatest impact on her work life and career. And she said there were a couple of things she felt she wanted to say about her early life. She said the first thing which impacted her was that she was born on the wrong side of the tracks and she thinks this definitely set the stage for her always wanting to achieve and to be successful. The second thing that really affected her was something that happened one day when she was about 13 years old. She doesn't remember exactly what had taken place but she remembers her mum sitting at the end ...

Sophia. War Stories, Accomplishments, Success and Significance

By - Last updated: Monday, June 15, 2009

I asked Sophia to relate to me one of her favourite "war stories", a story she might tell if she were amusing a group of friends at a cocktail party. And she said the one which came to mind, although she was not sure why was a time when the president of her firm got a call from the president of a financial institution who wanted to sell one of their divisions. And the president of her firm called on Sophia who covered financial services and a female colleague who specialized in M & A to work on the file. The two of them started working on the file, however, the president of the financial institution did not like them. He ...

Sophia. Difficulties, Obstacles, Lessons and Learning

By - Last updated: Wednesday, June 10, 2009

I asked Sophia what she considered to be the major obstacles or difficulties she faced during her career and what she did when she faced them. She said she wasn't certain you always see the obstacles or difficulties you face when you're facing them; it's when you look back you realize you have been through a difficult time. And she said: "Again, I just feel incredibly blessed, so I don't know... " I asked her to describe the toughest thing she had ever faced at work and she said when she thinks about that she never thinks about failing to meet her targets or not getting a client or doing something wrong or anything like that because she either forgets those ...