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  •   Laura Ridolfi commented on this post about 3 weeks 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 2 months 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 McNaught 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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  •   Andrea Rice reacted to this post about 5 months ago
    Hey bSmart ladies!

    I’m kicking off the Empowerment Chain Series!

    I have always thought the social media platforms that we use have had the potential to start a new conversation when it has come to empowering women. But rather than using these platforms for good we usually use them as a way to compare ourselves to one another. In an effort to change the conversation I want you to help me create an empowerment chain, it’s easy! Just comment below something that you like about yourself or tag a friend and comment something you like about them.

    I will start by commenting first!

    I'm tagging: Sofia Rosa Bianchi and Lilly Pianin

    Hashtags: #EmpowermentChain #ChainedtoEmpowerment
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  •   Alyssa Rogan commented on this post about 5 months ago
    Hey mindful living ladies! I posted on the general stream but thought I would also share in this group as well since we all care about making an effort to live a mindful life. What are some ways you make time for yourself when you need some “me time” or need to take a mindful minute to yourself during a stressful situation? I personally love to listen to music and/or do a face mask at night when I need to take time for myself to de-stress. Comment your tips below and feel free to tag other women you feel could benefit from these tips!
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  •   Zoë Kaplan reacted to this post about 6 months ago
    Hi bSmart babes!

    I’m kicking of the “If you can dream it, you can do it” mentorship series!

    If you could be a business owner or entrepreneur in anything, if you gave yourself permission to dream big and listen to your inner instincts, what would you be?

    Now that you have your vision - list 3 attainable and specific smaller goals (e.g. designating time towards your goal every day, creating a vision board for motivation, or bringing up your idea to friends and family for support), that will help you reach your big goal

    My answer:
    I have always been happiest when I am doing something creative, but feel that my creative hobbies are the first to fall to the wayside when I’m busy. One of my goals is to create a jewelry business (even if just in a small setting, like on Etsy). My 3 specific and smaller goals I need in order to achieve my large goal are:

    1. Setting aside and investing my money in higher quality material and more supplies so that I can make better jewelry and grow my business.
    2. Designating time each day dedicated to working on creating jewelry and making pieces that I am proud of, using my new materials.
    3. Creating an Etsy account to advertise and expand my business.

    I’m tagging: Angelina Eimannsberger Amanda Sannella Bridget Duggan Sofia Rosa Bianchi Tracy Kim Lilly Pianin

    **Copy / paste the above question as a new wall post or group post, then tag 5 bSmart women for them to answer too!
    Include these instructions when you copy/paste to spread the big dreamer positivity and mentorship!**
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