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“Not everyone can be Gandhi, but each of us has the power to make sure our own lives count” – Jeff Skoll

September 23, 2009

Like most early career professionals in the city, I’ve contemplated whether to do an MBA. My friends and I have a running joke about how the only people that get into Harvard are those that have run off and built a village in Venezuela. Despite having not done that, I decided to go to the…

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“We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.” – Alan Turing

September 14, 2009

Another day, another list. Today it’s the third Financial News 100 list of the most influencial women in finance. I was pleased to see the names of three women from my current firm, and another three from my former employer. That’s good representation, even if the soundbites for all are a bit short. Financial News…

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“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.” – Malcolm Gladwell

September 5, 2009

Outliers: The Story of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell, is one of those books that seems to be everywhere and yet barely anyone I know has read it. I’ve been doing a lot of walking lately (in preparation for the 20 mile London Night Hike, please donate if you can!), and decided to grab the audiobook…

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“There cannot be true democracy unless women’s voices are heard.” – Hillary Rodham Clinton

August 15, 2009

I was sitting at work, immersed in a spreadsheet while the floor was relatively empty. Out of nowhere, Hillary Clinton’s voice appears, causing everyone to swivel around to identify the offender that didn’t know how to use headphones on his computer. My colleague didn’t even pretend to notice anything out of the ordinary, and asked…

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“If you don’t drive your business, you will be driven out of business.” – B. C. Forbes

August 12, 2009

What do you think of when you think of Forbes? Media, business, rich lists. What do you get when you go to ForbesWoman? Top 10 Skinny Food Myths, The ‘New’ Sexual Harrassment, Moms Connect on the Internet. In all fairness, I judged very harshly on the first but when the latter two scrolled across I…

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“I walk tall and make the most of myself. And I was having that used as a weapon against me.” – Carole Caplin

August 5, 2009

For any new readers to this blog, I’ll say it up front: my name is Lily, and I work in the financial services industry. Returning readers may have noticed that this blog has been particularly quiet for the past few weeks. That’s because I started a new job last month, working in the finance support…

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“The geese that laid the golden eggs – but never cackled.” – Winston Churchill

July 26, 2009

This fine Sunday, I went to FindingAda’s first public event: Women of Bletchley Park. Having never been to Bletchley Park before, I was quite keen to see the place as well as learn about the role women had to play during it’s wartime efforts. The day opened with an intro from the leading ladies: Suw…

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