Originally published on Linkedin Influencers on May 7, 2015
I was born in 1964. As my children so often remind me, that was a very long time ago. If you add 22 years to that date, it brings us up to 1986, and at that time, and for the two years that followed, I was a business student at the University of British Columbia.
Early in that year, I had learned that I had been accepted into UBC’s Portfolio Management Program, which was designed to give students firsthand experience in money management. My time in this program convinced me to pursue a career in capital markets, and in June 1986, I headed to Toronto for my first internship in this field. Prior to this, my work experience included flipping burgers as a Dairy Queen employee, a salesperson at Foot Locker, a cashier at my father’s grocery story, a weight room attendant, and most recently, a passenger services representative with Princess Cruises. Not exactly sterling credentials for a future career in finance.
Heading into my first position at a financial services firm at 22, what would I have liked to have known that I know now? What advice would I give my younger self to make…
It has been a few months since the closing day of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, but I am still coming down off of my Sundance high – 10 crazy days, 24 films, and what seemed like 100 parties, panels, and luncheons. Now, in the months that follow the end of the festival, it is so much fun to follow this year’s films as they make their way to theaters and other platforms for distribution.
Five years ago, when I attended my first Sundance Film Festival, I brainstormed with a few passionate women about how we could make some noise around the lack of women in film, both onscreen and behind the camera. That year, we held the inaugural Women at Sundance brunch at my home, and five years later, it has become one of the hottest tickets at the festival. This year, the amazing Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin spoke with Sundance Board Chair, Pat Mitchell, about the barriers that exist for women in film. Check out this article from Women and Hollywood on the event, or you can listen to it thanks to Robin Morgan and the Women’s Media Center.
Much of what The Sundance Institute is doing programmatically to support women in film is anchored in research. In 2013, they partnered with Women and Film Los Angeles to commission a study by Stacy L. Smith, Ph.D., Katherine Pieper, Ph.D., and Marc Choueiti at the…
Published on LinkedIn Influencers on March 28, 2015
For weeks we have been reading about how women may, or may not, be treated in Silicon Valley. This issue was brought front and center as a result of the case brought by Ellen Pao against Kleiner Perkins. We now have a verdict: Kleiner was found not guilty. I trust that the jury weighed the evidence and came to the right decision. I do not know Ms. Pao, and I have only casually met a few of the partners at Kleiner, and therefore I have no ability to speak to the merits of the case. I do, however, have a lot of experience being a woman professional in the financial services sector. I have personally experienced sexual harassment and negative bias, but I also have experienced the opposite; being promoted at a very early age to become a partner at Goldman Sachs (the first female trader and youngest female to do so in 1996). I also have a lot of experience developing best practice policies in human capital management. I have read, with much concern, not only many of the articles written about this case, but many of the comments that follow any one article. Frankly, it’s very concerning on a number of fronts.
Clearly, any rational person can look at the facts around the representation of women in senior leadership roles in venture capital and say, “Houston, We…