Experts in the Financial Industry Offer Advice for Working Women
Smash the archaic belief that women can’t have it all. These industry leaders prove that finding a work-life balance is possible on your path to the top.
The USA Today article, “Experts in the Financial Industry Offer Advice for Working Women," featured Russell Reynolds Associates Consultant Rebecca Glasman as an expert panelist who shared her insights for women in the financial industry.
Co-Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Russell Reynolds Associates
“Financial services companies have no shortage of processes, practices and metrics to support female talent, which is great. However, many firms’ mindsets and behaviors still need to change.”
What is the biggest obstacle you faced during your career and how did you overcome it?
I returned from my third (and final) maternity leave in September 2008 and had to reignite my career in an imploding financial services sector. I kept calm, surveyed the landscape and drew on longstanding relationships. As a result, I had my busiest year ever, helping to build restructuring teams.
What is effective leadership in the realm of finance?
Effective leaders in finance must be innovative. Inclusion is a key aspect of innovation. This means valuing all talent and perspectives, emphasizing inclusion as part of business strategy, and recognizing and rewarding other inclusive leaders in the organization.
If you had one piece of advice for women looking to find success in finance, what would it be?
Seek out sponsors at senior levels both within and outside your organization whom you can count on for support — even, or especially, when you’re not in the room — and for honest feedback. Take positive feedback as seriously as the “constructive” kind.
Talking about sexism and equality in the workplace is difficult, but it's important. Has being a woman impacted your experience in your career?
Being a woman impacts my experience overall, including in my career, in ways that may be difficult to quantify. But gender is just one of the fluid aspects of the “self” we bring to work.
Do you feel that your company, or alternatively the financial industry as a whole, is supportive of women and helps them grow and advance?
Financial services companies have no shortage of processes, practices and metrics to support female talent, which is great. However, many firms’ mindsets and behaviors still need to change. I am optimistic this will evolve as inclusive leadership continues to drive results through better engagement, retention and creativity.
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