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  •   Laura Ridolfi commented on this post about 1 day ago
    Hi women in finance!

    This week, we're featuring Laura Ridolfi as a bSmart Woman: Ask my anything feature:

    LAURA RIDOLFI is a Vice President & Associate Portfolio Manager – Fixed Income at Chilton Trust focusing on U.S. taxable securities, municipal bonds, international sovereign bonds and foreign currencies for the Fixed Income Team.

    She currently specializes in liquidity and cash management working with a wide range of clients including corporations, Native American tribal entities, charities and foundations. Prior to Chilton she spent three years as an Analyst working in Structured Credit Portfolio Management, Fixed Income Rates Trading, and Product Control. She began her career in the finance industry with an rotational internship at Barclays Capital while in college and began working there full time after graduating. She graduated Syracuse University in 2011 with a B.S. in Finance & Real Estate and a minor in hospitality.

    She currently reside in New York City, and enjoys spending her free time exploring new restaurants in Manhattan, working out, traveling, and reading.

    Alright bSmart women - you can ask Laura anything!

    To kick things, off I'll ask:

    1) How did you know finance was the right field for you?
    2) What were the steps you took to finding the right job for you?
    3) What is your advice for having a successful first 1-2 or 3-5 years on the job?
    4) How were you able to prepare for your career?

    *Any other pieces of advice you can share with our members about your success?

    Other women who might want to ask you questions are Jessica Li Sofia Rosa Bianchi Hailey Peters Ursula Choi Jennifer Zheng Abbi Kirollos Mary-Catherine Canavan sana kanvinde Angelina Eimannsberger Bridget Duggan Diane Im Christine Rice Joanna Gaden Jisu Choi Lilly Pianin Tracy Kim Yirou Yu Jamie Celeste
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  •   Meagan Hooper commented on this post about 1 month ago
    Hi bSmart ladies and women who are new to this community!

    I wanted to share my own follow-up to "Chapter 1: The Inner Critic" from 'Playing Big: Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak Up, Create, and Lead.'

    For years, my inner critic was:

    3. Ostensibly, the voice of reason.
    4. The voice of 'You aren't Ready Yet'

    And to be honest, I'm still not sure if I'm being strategic or with taking additional and thorough preparations with my goals. For example, with bSmart, I didn't go out and tell the world I created an online mentorship and networking community. Instead, I've spent 5-6 years getting feedback on the technology and programs to figure out the best way to offer this to women.

    In some respects, this aligns with Tara's (the author) chapter on leaping, but at times I wondered if I've held myself back. For example, should I be fundraising instead of self-funding? Should I be paying for PR and marketing?

    It's hard to know whether you're being strategic or holding yourself back by requiring more preparation, more education, more crossing of t's and dotting of i's.

    What do the women in this community think is an appropriate balance for leaping versus being prepared and strategic?

    Are women in particular holding themselves back either from nature or nurture by being over-prepared for their goals?

    What "Inner Critic" voice do you identify with the most?

    1. Harsh, rude, mean
    2. Binary
    3. Ostensible, the voice of reason.
    4. The voice of 'You aren't Ready Yet'
    5. The voice of 'You aren't good at math / negotiating / technical stuff."
    6. The voice of body-perfectionism
    7. The tape.
    8. A broken record.
    9. Irrational but persistent
    10 The one-two punch.
    11. The inner critic may take inspiration from critical people in your life.

    To get the conversation started, I'm tagging Michelle Hoppe-Long Amanda Mary Bemis Anna Silverman Jessica Li Ursula Choi Diane Im Angelina Eimannsberger Amanda Sannella Gwendolyn Crafts Amanda Wowk Anne Whiting Yirou Yu Tracy Kim Jacqui Gabriella Bower Nina Wanda Schell Gonzalez Courtnie Weber Lilly Pianin
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  •   Tracy Kim reacted to this post about 4 months ago
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  •   Tracy Kim reacted to this post about 5 months ago
    Hi women in finance!

    I wanted to introduce you to Stella Yang. Stella has a tremendous amount of expertise in the fintech space having worked for an algorithmic trading firm and now buy side asset manager with systematic trading approach.

    Should would be a great person for you to ask your fin-tech questions about trading, asset management, technology, and the future of finance!

    In particular, I'll introduce her to Jessica Li Yirou Yu Malavika Nair Ursula Choi Jennifer Zheng Hannah Young Diane Im Christine Rice Tracy Kim

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  • Yirou Yu will be attending bSmart Townhall + Founder Q&A - June 2018
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  •   Meagan Hooper commented on this post about 5 months ago
    Hi bSmart babes

    Have you joined Yirou Yu's quote and image challenge? It's a fun way to share inspiration and get to know each other.

    Her instructions are:
    "What is a quote that inspires you, represents your values, gets you through tough times? Let’s get creative and design an image for it!

    I used Canva(canva.com) to create this picture of my favorite quote by Albert Camus. It carried me through a time when I was transitioning and felt overwhelmed. For the background, I used a painting of one of my favorite artists - Claude Monet.

    Feel free to use canva, any other design tools, or even hand-draw a favorite quote of yours, post it here and tag 5 other bSmart women to post their favorite quote! You can also keep it somewhere you can see (I added it to stickies on my desktop ;P ) and let it give you a little inspiration whenever you need it!"

    Here's mine - a quote by Upenn founder Benjamin Franklin about bein openminded and trying new things, with a photo of his statue on campus.

    What's yours?
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