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Kevin. Career Synopsis, Major Changes and Transitions

By Janet Graham - Last updated: Wednesday, January 12, 2011

This story is a little different from the others I have told. I wanted to tell Kevin's story because I have long admired her and in particular admired the significant transitions she has made throughout her career.   The first thing I asked Kevin to do was to provide me with a brief synopsis of her career, highlighting the major changes or transitions she has made.   She said: "Starting at the very beginning, I began my career as a dancer and worked my way through university dancing professionally. Once I finished university, I got married, had two kids and went back to school to do a Masters Degree in Urban Planning after falling in love with Jane Jacobs and her ideas.  That led ...

How do you deal with inappropriate Bay Street fundraisers?

By Patti Croft - Last updated: Friday, May 14, 2010

"I attended an event in support of a charity foundation put on by the industry sector I work in. Obviously every investment bank, public company and service provider provided some sort of sponsorship, my firm included. I was appalled to see that as part of the evening's entertainment there were 4 body painted 20 year olds wandering essentially topless so that Bay Street's finest could be photographed with them. Needless to say, as one of the few women there I was pretty uncomfortable. I don't think my firm is aware of the "entertainment" and I don't think we should be sponsoring this kind of event. But I am also too scared to raise the issue with the charity or my firm ...

Donna. Advice for Young Women

By Janet Graham - 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: ...

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

By Janet Graham - Last updated: Thursday, November 26, 2009

I asked Colleen to tell me about the relationships in her life which she believes had the greatest impact on her and in particular her work life and career. She said: "My parents had the most impact.  They taught me work ethic, values and to be a positive influence. After that, I had teachers that helped shape me and mentors in the business who guided me and trained me and whose admirable traits and characteristics I have emulated. I had three mentors in the business at Merrill Lynch; they were all guys and in different ways they each impacted and shaped my abilities to move forward in a positive way. One was a charismatic leader, well loved and a positive ...