Huge thanks to Patricia Dundee of TD Securities, Lissa Gangjee of Sentinel Trust and Lynn Mathre of Asset Management Advisors for sharing their time and expertise with us at Houston’s third annual C-Suite Dinner last week. For those of you that have never attended a C-Suite event, the format is a lovely dinner with each table hosted by a woman who has made it to the C-Suite and is willing to share her time and advice on how she made it there. It is one of my favorite events of the year and something every member should try to attend.
On the topic of women supporting women, New York Magazine published an article detailing the strategy the female White House staffers used to make sure they were heard using an amplification strategy. Basically, when a woman would make a key point, another woman would repeat it giving credit to the author. “This forced the men in the room to recognize the contribution and denied them the chance to claim the idea as their own.” The full article can be found here: http://nymag.com/thecut/2016/09/heres-how-obamas-female-staffers-made-their-voices-heard.html
From Inc. Magazine, the article’s title says it all – 8 Brilliant Tricks that Will Make You a Master at Networking – even if you hate networking. The full article can be found here: http://www.inc.com/elle-kaplan/8-brilliant-ways-to-successfully-network-with-anyone.html
And just why does networking matter? A Business Insider article exploring the topic of why there are so few women in hedge funds and in the financial industry in general noted that most hedge funds (and finance jobs) are found via word of mouth. Bottom line? If you are waiting until you are in the midst of a job search to build a network, you will most likely miss the plum assignments. The full article can be found here: http://www.businessinsider.com/this-is-why-hedge-funds-have-few-women-investing-for-them-2016-8
A BBC article postulates that men’s dominance in the workforce may be because they have developed better skills at making up with enemies after a conflict. This trait was first observed in male chimpanzees. The article makes for fascinating reading:http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-36969103
Finally, one of the best TED talks I have ever seen is Amy Cuddy’s 15-minute talk on body language and how it shapes your personality. This is a must watch for anyone who has to communicate with another person. Seriously. The presentation can be found here:https://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are
We have some fabulous events lined up for the Fall so please check out the schedule and register soon! We thank you all for your continued support as we continue to grow and look forward to seeing you all soon! Also, don’t forget to join our Facebook page and private LinkedIn Group both of which give you the opportunity to engage with your fellow members online! Please visit www.txwsw.com to learn more and register for events.