Jacki Zehner On Women, Money, and Changing the World

June 23, 2016

Gender Equality in Finance? Nope. But Times Are Changing.

BloombergOriginally published on LinkedIn influencers on June 17th, 2016.

It’s been three years since I had the honour of being invited to join the LinkedIn publishing platform as an Influencer, and since then I have written nearly 80 articles on a wide range of topics, including finance, philanthropy, the film industry, and job advice. If you have been a loyal reader of mine, you know that I have written about all of these topics through the perspective of a gender lens, and more specifically shining a light on women. My purpose in life is to help our world become more gender balanced, and that work will continue until we achieve gender parity across all industries and issue areas. Ambitious, yes, but it is my passion in life and I truly love my work.

Another passion of mine is the financial services industry, and I love it when these two passions, finance and women, converge. Like many industries, women’s representation in the top levels of the world’s largest and leading financial firms leaves much to be desired, and in November of 2014, I used one of LinkedIn’s monthly topics to imagine where my life would have taken me had I not left Goldman Sachs in 2002. I let my imagination run wild, and envisioned a world where I helped to create the world’s leading financial services firm for women. I then laid out seven ways a firm could actually achieve this, and…

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May 01, 2016

It’s National SUPER Hero Day! But Where Oh Where is Wonder Woman?

IMG_9175Last month Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice premiered to scathing critical reviews, record breaking box office returns, and a storm of controversy. Both a sequel to 2013’s Man of Steel and the next step in DC Comic’s attempt to create a cinematic universe to rival the wildly successful Marvel franchise, Batman v Superman had a lot riding on it. You would think that the main draw of a film titled Batman v Superman would be the chance for fans to see two of the biggest comic book icons duking it out onscreen for the first time, but pre-sale surveys told a different story. In one survey, a whopping 88% of respondents indicated that Wonder Woman’s introduction to the big screen was what they were most excited to see, and while I didn’t take part in that particular survey, anyone who knows me even a little knows that that’s the box I’d check without a moment’s hesitation. So forget Dawn of Justice, might we be at the dawn of a new era of superhero films? Namely, ones featuring a female character in the lead role? I think YES! And Wonder Woman will be leading the charge.

I have never been shy about declaring my love for Wonder Woman. I have loved this character since I was a child, and today, anyone who visits my house will invariably find themselves on a tour of my Wonder Woman room where I display all of the memorabilia that I’ve collected over the years….

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April 27, 2016

What I Would Tell The Next President

president picOriginally published on LinkedIn Influencers on April 23rd, 2016

On January 29th, 2009, a mere nine days after being sworn in as the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama signed into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. It was his first piece of legislation as President, and it set the stage for a presidency that has been visibly committed to equal rights for men and women. Since that historic day over seven years ago, Obama has reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act, signed into law the Affordable Care Act, created the Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault and the White House Council on Women and Girls, issued an executive order that mandated federal contractors to publish pay data according to gender and race in order to combat the wage gap, and this May, the White House will host The United State of Women, a three day summit in Washington DC that will tackle gender inequality across a range of issues, including education, health, leadership, and economic empowerment. Throughout his presidency, Obama has never been shy in declaring his commitment to gender equality, often referencing his two young daughters as his inspiration, but with his presidency soon coming to an end, it’s time to look to the future. Come November 8th, the United States will have a new President, and regardless of who that President is, I have…

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