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  •   Andrea Rice commented on this post about 5 days 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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  •   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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  •   Meagan Hooper commented on this post about 2 months ago
    Hi Ursula!

    How are your goals going of landing a summer internship, making new connections, and learning more about finance?

    <3
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  •   Christine Rice reacted to this post about 3 months ago
    Hey bSmart ladies!

    Is there anyone interested in a career in Finance or in Business in general? Is there anyone who currently works in Finance?

    I’m calling out everyone who would want to meet up one day in NYC to talk about our experiences. We will talk about why we became interested in Finance, how each of our recruitment processes were like, and much more. This is an opportunity to learn more and to mentor others!

    Please comment below if you would be interested! Once I get a good idea of how many people are interested in attending, I could set up a date and location!


    #networking #business #finance ‏ — feeling great
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  •   Angelina Eimannsberger reacted to this post about 4 months ago
    Hey bSmart ladies!

    Is there anyone interested in a career in Finance or in Business in general? Is there anyone who currently works in Finance?

    I’m calling out everyone who would want to meet up one day in NYC to talk about our experiences. We will talk about why we became interested in Finance, how each of our recruitment processes were like, and much more. This is an opportunity to learn more and to mentor others!

    Please comment below if you would be interested! Once I get a good idea of how many people are interested in attending, I could set up a date and location!


    #networking #business #finance ‏ — feeling great
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  •   sana kanvinde reacted to this post about 4 months ago
    Hey bSmart ladies!

    Is there anyone interested in a career in Finance or in Business in general? Is there anyone who currently works in Finance?

    I’m calling out everyone who would want to meet up one day in NYC to talk about our experiences. We will talk about why we became interested in Finance, how each of our recruitment processes were like, and much more. This is an opportunity to learn more and to mentor others!

    Please comment below if you would be interested! Once I get a good idea of how many people are interested in attending, I could set up a date and location!


    #networking #business #finance ‏ — feeling great
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  • Hey bSmart ladies!

    Is there anyone interested in a career in Finance or in Business in general? Is there anyone who currently works in Finance?

    I’m calling out everyone who would want to meet up one day in NYC to talk about our experiences. We will talk about why we became interested in Finance, how each of our recruitment processes were like, and much more. This is an opportunity to learn more and to mentor others!

    Please comment below if you would be interested! Once I get a good idea of how many people are interested in attending, I could set up a date and location!


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  •   Meagan Hooper commented on this post about 4 months ago
    Hey bSmart ladies!

    Is there anyone interested in a career in Finance or in Business in general? Is there anyone who currently works in Finance?

    I’m calling out everyone who would want to meet up one day in NYC to talk about our experiences. We will talk about why we became interested in Finance, how each of our recruitment processes were like, and much more. This is an opportunity to learn more and to mentor others!

    Please comment below if you would be interested! Once I get a good idea of how many people are interested in attending, I could set up a date and location!


    #networking #business #finance ‏ — feeling great
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  • Hey bSmart ladies!


    I’ve been recently reading Never Eat Alone, by Keith Ferrazzi. In Chapter 3, he mentioned the Blue Flame: something that everyone has, but takes time to realize. Yes, it sounds like something magical from Harry Potter. It definitely is magical, although it’s not anything regarding magical powers. The Blue Flame is magical in terms of its effects when you realize what it is.

    The Blue Flame is an intersection of your strengths and your interests. In other words, the Blue Flame represents a passion and a purpose. When you enjoy doing something and you are good at doing it, the journey will be much more enjoyable and successful. However, if your weaknesses align with what you enjoy doing, that journey will be harder and you will face many more obstacles. That is why Keith Ferrazzi stresses others to think about not only their goals, but also what they excel at.

    Next time you have time, make a list of your strengths and make another list of your interests. Then, look at both lists to find intersections. This will help you find your own Blue Flame! To get you started, comment one of your strengths and one of your interests below! If you found your Blue Flame, feel free to share your story on how you did so!

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  •   sana kanvinde reacted to this post about 4 months ago
    Hello wonderful bSmart ladies!

    Today, I am focusing on the core value #Vision !!

    Vision: A bSmart woman understands that leadership begins with a clear vision for herself and others.

    As women, we are often discouraged from having specific career and lifestyle goals (by society and subsequently by our peers and ourselves)

    Create a mission statement for yourself, and don’t shy away from dreaming big, recognizing your full potential, and being specific.

    Some example statements to get you started:
    - I’m at my best when…
    - My goal in life is to pursue…
    - My strengths are...
    - I will find opportunities to use my natural talents and gifts by…
    - I am inspired by…
    - The 3 most important values in my life are…
    - As an ideal friend/ family member/ co-worker/ citizen of the earth I want to…

    My mission is to pursue editing, writing, and marketing by building a strong network, dedicating my time and energy to every job and opportunity, and working my way up so that I can work for a successful magazine or editorial company. I’m at my best when I practice self care, stay organized, am doing something I enjoy, and have a supportive social circle. I would like to pursue entrepreneurship, help others (especially in the mental health realm), and be supportive, compassionate, and generous to friends, family, and others in my environment.

    What's your #vision for yourself? What's your #vision for others?

    To start, I’m tagging: Jisu Choi Ursula Choi Alexandra Rivera Becky Hoving Olivia Mills

    Feel free to comment, tag others, and share on your stream!

    When we, as women, support each other in fulfilling our goals, great things can happen
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  •   Abbi Kirollos reacted to this post about 5 months ago
    Hey bSmart ladies!

    In today’s world, it’s so easy to stop thinking and follow the millions of voices of our society, media, and even of our families and friends. We disregard our thoughts and feelings, pushing them to the back of our consciousness.

    Recently, I’ve been trying to make self-reflection an everyday part of my life, and I’ve realized a lot about myself that I would’ve have if I didn’t stop and think about it. We are so influenced by other people that we unconsciously allow them to control our lives, telling us what we can do and what we can’t do. We can take control of our lives by incorporating mindfulness in our lives.

    Therefore, I encourage you to take this time to reflect on your thoughts and feelings. Simplify them and make them clear. Even though it’s hard, try to disregard outside forces that tend to disrupt your personal thinking! It could be about anything: your future career, how you feel about where you are in life right now, or even your next vacation destination. Share in the comments below and feel free to tag as many other bSmart members as you’d like!

    #mindfulness ‏ — feeling happy
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  •   Ursula Choi commented on this post about 5 months ago
    Hey bSmart ladies!

    In today’s world, it’s so easy to stop thinking and follow the millions of voices of our society, media, and even of our families and friends. We disregard our thoughts and feelings, pushing them to the back of our consciousness.

    Recently, I’ve been trying to make self-reflection an everyday part of my life, and I’ve realized a lot about myself that I would’ve have if I didn’t stop and think about it. We are so influenced by other people that we unconsciously allow them to control our lives, telling us what we can do and what we can’t do. We can take control of our lives by incorporating mindfulness in our lives.

    Therefore, I encourage you to take this time to reflect on your thoughts and feelings. Simplify them and make them clear. Even though it’s hard, try to disregard outside forces that tend to disrupt your personal thinking! It could be about anything: your future career, how you feel about where you are in life right now, or even your next vacation destination. Share in the comments below and feel free to tag as many other bSmart members as you’d like!

    #mindfulness

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  •   Meagan Hooper reacted to this post about 5 months ago
    Hey bSmart ladies!


    A few days ago, I went to a networking event hosted by my university. I was intrigued by one of the conversations I’ve had that left me thinking on the subway back to Penn Station. We were conversing about how we both don’t trust others in collaborative efforts and how we both are significantly more comfortable working independent, even though that means twice, maybe thrice as much work.

    Collaboration is a huge part of life. Many working fields require collaboration. In reality, we won’t have time to finish all the parts to a project or look over everyone’s parts like we did in high school and in college. There are shorter deadlines and even more work than we ever imagined on our plate. We won’t have as much free time and even if we do, that free time should be used much more productively. Therefore, I want to emphasize the importance of collaboration. It means that we must open our ears and be open-minded to different ideas. It means that must be able to trust others if we want others to trust us. We need to take steps outside our comfort zone in order to grow.

    I’m not exactly sure why we felt the way we did towards group effort, but there’s probably a thousand reasons why. But for me, I thought maybe it’s because I may be more opinionated than I thought I was. Without realizing, maybe I feel that there’s only one right way, my way, to do a certain thing. Maybe it’s because I’m a hard worker and I don’t trust that others would work hard and produce the best results that they could. However, I easily forget that so many people also work hard and want to produce the best results, as well.

    At this point, you may be asking why I am naming all these reasons why I am not as collaborative as I would like to be. I wanted to make a point that thinking about why you do a certain thing can really help you learn more about yourself, your weaknesses, and ways you can gradually evolve your weaknesses into strengths. Currently, I am working towards becoming more of a collaborative individual.

    What are your thoughts on this subject? Do you also find yourself sighing when you hear the word “group work” or “collaboration”? Or do you find yourself excited to work with others? What are some of the reasons why? Share your responses in the comments section below! Also, if you have them, please share your tips on how to learn to be more comfortable in a collaborative setting.


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  •   Lilly Pianin reacted to this post about 5 months ago
    Hi bSmart women!!

    Before the spring semester of my sophomore year had come to an end, I made a list of things that I really wanted to accomplish during the upcoming summer. One of the things I’ve written was to actually get some inspirational reading done. As someone who doesn’t really read as a leisure activity, this was definitely a challenge for me. I’ve never had to patience to get myself to sit down for an hour and read with focus. I got so used to briskly skimming textbook chapters and scholarly articles for my classes that I felt like I forgot how to actually enjoy reading.
    I realized that the only way to achieve this goal I’ve made was to pick a book that I felt would be of importance to my life and personal objectives. I’ve always wanted to improve my interpersonal skills for as long as I can remember. This particular objective became more essential as I decided to go to business school as I realized that networking is a significant part of it. That’s why I’ve chosen the legendary book written by Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends & Influence People.
    I personally know a lot of people who have a similar goal to mine, so I wanted to share some of the things I’ve learned from reading this book. Yes, yes, I meant by ACTUALLY reading the book.


    Here are 3 lessons that I will harbor forever:

    1) “Never criticize, complain, or condemn.”
    Dale Carnegie always emphasized that malignant criticizing never leads to anything good. Most people criticize because they want people to change their ways and beliefs, but criticizing doesn’t make anyone want to change. Instead, it makes the other person feel bad about themselves, adopting hatred. Instead of pointing the negative things that you find in a person, appreciate the positive things and tell that person.

    2) “Become genuinely interested in other people.”
    I’ve always been so focused on impressing others when I first meet someone because I think that would make them like me. However, I’ve learned that there’s no point in doing that. I’ve realized that a more effective way to get people to like you is focus less on yourself, but on the person you’re actually talking to. Talk about things that they would find interest in or talk about things you have in common.

    3) “Remember people’s names.”
    I don’t know if it’s just me, but whenever I meet someone, I tend to forget their name because I’m so concentrated on what I’m saying and how I’m conveyed to them. This is a fault I’ve always realized, but never gave too much importance to. Thus, I’ve gone on my merry way without trying to fix this personal problem. However, I’ve learned that one’s name is directly connected to their importance. Forgetting people’s names make them feel like they’re not important enough for you to remember their name. Therefore, always make an effort to remember names!


    I didn’t want to share too much, because I feel like the stories communicated through the book hold massive impact and really open your eyes and mind. You should definitely take a look at this book if you found interest in what I’ve shared! I highly recommend it! Feel free to tag others or share your thoughts below! And finally, I hope you found importance to these lessons whether they are new to you or maybe you already learned these lessons, but needed a reminder.

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