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  •   Andrea Rice reacted to this post about 5 days ago
    hello bSmart babes

    today is my last day of holiday vacation in australia - see below how beautiful it was

    v excited to be heading back to the US tonight for the second semester of my phd program at Upenn.

    how is everyone doing? what are your projects for 2019?

    xoxoxo
    • Joanna Gaden - how is michigan? so excited to see your jewellery side hustle up and running!
      Elsie Grathwohl -- how is NYU treating you?
      Samantha Ann Joanna Gaden - how is michigan? so excited to see your jewellery side hustle up and running!
      Elsie Grathwohl -- how is NYU treating you?
      Samantha Ann -- how is post college life?
      Anne Whiting -- how is Anne James New York doing?
      Amanda Sannella -- what's new in tech, health and wellness, nutrition, and books?
      Laura L. Smith -- how are you? any nyc trips coming up in the new year?
      Meagan Hooper -- what is on the horizion for you, bSmart, Harriet for 2019?
      Mary Bemis -- how is Reprise?
      Sofia Rosa Bianchi -- loved your vision post! how are you?

      everyone else, please also comment below!
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    • Hi Angelina!!!!!

      Your travels look so amazing! How is school going?! Is it called graduate school when you're getting a PhD? How is indulgence?!

      Hi Angelina!!!!!

      Your travels look so amazing! How is school going?! Is it called graduate school when you're getting a PhD? How is indulgence?!

      I'm good! My big plan / main goal is to figure out how to offer high quality mentorship to ALL bSmart women by experimenting with audio and video recordings.

      Harriet is the easies baby in the world. We're thinking of putting her in a little pre-school in the fall, but other than that, not much else in her world.

      What are your goals for 2019?!?!?!?
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    • Hey!! Angelina Eimannsberger I was just thinking about you and admiring your travels!!

      Michigan has been good. I'm excited about my jewelry businessHey!! Angelina Eimannsberger I was just thinking about you and admiring your travels!!

      Michigan has been good. I'm excited about my jewelry business and all these little side hustles I have going on-- I was just published on a feminist blog this morning!

      I hope everyone is doing well; I really miss being closer to the bSmart community in NYC
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    • Happy New Year! No NYC trips planned yet for 2019, but you never know
      Headed to San Francisco later this month and France this summer!
      I'm super exHappy New Year! No NYC trips planned yet for 2019, but you never know
      Headed to San Francisco later this month and France this summer!
      I'm super excited, because I have a new book releasing next month and just got the first copy from the publisher in the mail. I wrote it two years ago, so it's super fun to see it in "real life."
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  •   Joanna Gaden commented on this post about 2 months ago
    Hi bSmart women who are writers of blog posts, novels, magazines, and all types of creative content!

    Stephanie Harris is our Smart Woman College student feature this month and she's here to answer your questions about transitioning from student to professional writer!

    Stephanie is a senior at the University of Michigan with a focus in Communication Studies and English Literature. She's passionate about making a positive impact through storytelling, content creation, and integrated marketing communications. With internship experience at both local and national publications, she brings a nuanced perspective to the fields of journalism and marketing, one that incorporates both an extensive knowledge of media studies and a strong command of the written word. As a Summer 2018 ASME (American Society of Magazine Editors) intern at Time Inc.'s Real Simple magazine, Stephanie is happy to offer advice about interning in New York and navigating the magazine journalism world, as well as using editorial experience to transition to a business role.

    I'll kick things off with a few questions for Stephanie:

    1) What is your perspective on the future of print vs. digital editorial?
    2) How can college women use their love of writing to create a career?
    3) How can bSmart women become better writers / network with writers / publishers / agents?
    4) How will you use your talent for writing to serve the world?

    All bSmart women are welcome to ask Stephanie their questions! In particular, I'm tagging:

    Chloe Brown Caitland Winsett Hailey Peters Jamie Celeste Abbi Kirollos Sofia Rosa Bianchi Amanda Wowk Ashley Tolman Charlotte Kasper Sara Klimek Amanda Alex Wieser Isabella Ortiz Madeline Howard Meghan Loftus Molly Goodspeed Nina Godridge Allison Donlan Arielle Westcott Lauren Benning Brooke Kushwaha Bridgette Ramirez Mary-Catherine Canavan Caroline Ghisolfi Laney Byler Deanne Swaringen Deanne Swaringen Danielle Gabriel Emily Forbes Elsie Grathwohl Haley Saffren Hannah Young Jasmin Boyce Joanna Gaden Angelina Eimannsberger Jisu Choi Julia Kell Katie Feuerstein Kelly Lindenau Margo Rometo Morgan Hipps Nefertari Bilal Nuri Matthew Olivia Mills Orliana Morag Madeline Peterson Rikki Weiss Regan Lavin Susie Poore Teagan Monaco Therese Boccini Zoë Kaplan
    • Hello Stephanie,

      I hope all is well, I am so thrilled to connect with you! My questions are...

      1. Have you ever been sent out on a special project?Hello Stephanie,

      I hope all is well, I am so thrilled to connect with you! My questions are...

      1. Have you ever been sent out on a special project? What has that experience/a favorite experience of this nature been like?

      2. What content do you like writing about the most? Are most of your assignments research, interview, or self-based?

      3. Who are some of your favorite authors/what are some of your favorite publications to read? What do you normally take from the content that you are drawn towards/what drives you to explore the content that you normally indulge in?

      4. What are your plans upon graduating? Do you have any specific ultimate goal in mind?

      5. What was your experience like living in New York for the first time? What was your favorite part about living in NYC?

      Best,
      Sofia Bianchi
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      I'm really curious to know what it was like to relocate for an internship? Was it paid? If not, how did you finance living in New York?Hi Stephanie!

      I'm really curious to know what it was like to relocate for an internship? Was it paid? If not, how did you finance living in New York? Would you recommend NYC as a good place to intern?

      Also, I'm interested in hearing what you think about the importance/relevance of creative writing in the workplace.

      Thanks for your time!
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      1. Do you have a mentor that is a writer?
      2. When/if you experience writer's block, how do you move forward with confidence in your ownHi Stephanie!
      1. Do you have a mentor that is a writer?
      2. When/if you experience writer's block, how do you move forward with confidence in your own voice?
      3. Do you feel more of a connection to work that you've created in the journalism field or in your English literature coursework?
      4. Do you find a common theme in the writing that inspires your work the most?
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    • Hi All! Here are my answers to Meagan's excellent questions:

      1) What is your perspective on the future of print vs. digital editorial?

      There will alHi All! Here are my answers to Meagan's excellent questions:

      1) What is your perspective on the future of print vs. digital editorial?

      There will always be a special place in my heart for print publications — but that definitely isn't the case for most readers. I was lucky enough to work at Real Simple, which is a magazine that relies heavily on print subscriptions, so I was able to see both the print side and online side of editorial. I do think that the future of journalism is digital, but that doesn't mean it will be any less interactive. In fact, the work that's being done specifically at The New Yorker and The New York Times is revolutionary, and will lead us to the future of editorial. Specifically, I think podcasts, videos, and interactive text are here to stay. What that means for writers, I'm not sure — I'm definitely looking into taking some coding classes, because knowing how a webpage works is becoming essential in the field.

      2) How can college women use their love of writing to create a career?

      The only way to turn writing into a career is to WRITE and write a lot. Although it may not be an official job or internship, take advantage of platforms that will publish your writing, such as student publications or freelance opportunities. Being able to submit a portfolio of published work is essential to any editorial application. I would also challenge young women to realize that writing can be used in most jobs and fields out there — it's a skill that's extremely valuable, and a love for writing can translate to many different jobs, not strictly editorial jobs.

      3) How can bSmart women become better writers / network with writers / publishers / agents?

      Writing is a very difficult field to break into, but never underestimate the power of persistence — especially when it comes to cold emailing/LinkedIn messaging writers and editors who inspire you. You never know who will be able to write you a referral or recommendation down the line, and it's important to form meaningful relationships during every experience you have. I would also recommend that you make a website and attach it to your LinkedIn profile. Mine is  https://stephaniejosephineharris.contently.com/ and I built it on the "Contently" app.

      4) How will you use your talent for writing to serve the world?

      Whether I use writing in a marketing job, business job, or editorial job, I think that being able to communicate with audiences in an authentic, human way is inspiring. I'd love to work at a company that enables its consumers, because it's not enough for me to sell a product, I want to be able to serve as the middle man between a regular person and his/her goals.
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    • Hi Sofia! Here are my answers to your questions

      1. Have you ever been sent out on a special project? What has that experience/a favorite experiencHi Sofia! Here are my answers to your questions

      1. Have you ever been sent out on a special project? What has that experience/a favorite experience of this nature been like?

      Yes! A lot of my projects had to do with product launches, so I've attended various trade shows and product launch parties in NYC that were really interesting and fun! I think my favorite experience was the West Elm holiday launch, because I was able to see a lot of the Christmas offerings before they were released, and I served as a representative for Real Simple to take notes on which products our readers would want to know about.

      2. What content do you like writing about the most? Are most of your assignments research, interview, or self-based?

      I love personal essays because I feel most connected to my own work when I'm able to be candid. However, most of my assignments have been more formal writing, which was definitely a challenge. As far as what I did last summer, I wrote a lot of product roundups, influencer interviews, and feature stories about service-related subjects (such as How To's).

      3. Who are some of your favorite authors/what are some of your favorite publications to read? What do you normally take from the content that you are drawn towards/what drives you to explore the content that you normally indulge in?

      I love reading The New York Times because I think they do such an excellent job with digital journalism. I subscribe to the NYT Morning Briefing newsletter and I suggest that all people do! It's an awesome way to start the day. As far as indulgence, I really love reading Allure magazine because I'm a beauty/skincare fanatic. I think their "Best of Beauty" project is incredible, and you can really rely on the writers there, which I really admire.

      4. What are your plans upon graduating? Do you have any specific ultimate goal in mind?

      I am currently interviewing, but I am more openminded than I've ever been. I'm exploring opportunities at large e-commerce companies, advertising agencies, and brands in roles that have to do with product marketing, content strategy, and public relations. Although it's overwhelming, it's refreshing to know that my editorial background has opened doors for jobs that aren't only editorial-focused. Above all, I'm looking to work at a company that stands by values that align with my own.

      5. What was your experience like living in New York for the first time? What was your favorite part about living in NYC?

      It was crazy! I'm from Chicago, so it felt like I was cheating on my city a bit. Being able to live in NYC in the East Village was a huge privilege, and it was so exhilarating to be at the center of the journalism world, and to be around such inspiring people. My favorite part about living in NYC was the freedom I had to explore — the subway system makes it super easy to navigate Manhattan, and I found myself traversing the entire island on any given Saturday. I definitely miss the shopping in SoHo, reading in Central Park, and bar hopping in the East Village!
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    • Hi Hailey! You can find my answers below:

      I'm really curious to know what it was like to relocate for an internship? Was it paid? If not, how did Hi Hailey! You can find my answers below:

      I'm really curious to know what it was like to relocate for an internship? Was it paid? If not, how did you finance living in New York? Would you recommend NYC as a good place to intern?

      It was super exciting! The internship was paid, which really helped the relocation process. ASME (my internship program) set up my housing at an NYU dorm, which made everything a lot easier. If you can apply for NYU housing, I'd strongly recommend that, just because I know that apartment hunting can be difficult. I would definitely recommend interning in NYC because I made SO many connections. It was so easy to grab a coffee with someone after work or to take tours of different offices. If you are planning on living in NYC after graduation, I think it's a great idea to try to intern there beforehand, just to get a feel for the city so that your first job isn't as overwhelming.

      Also, I'm interested in hearing what you think about the importance/relevance of creative writing in the workplace.

      SO relevant! In my opinion, creativity is one of the most sought-after skills because it's so difficult to learn on the job. If you're someone who's drawn to creative work, I would definitely suggest looking into a creative ad agency such as Ogilvy.
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    • Hi Molly! Here are my answers to your great questions:

      1. Do you have a mentor that is a writer?

      Yes! A lot of my mentors are from previous inteHi Molly! Here are my answers to your great questions:

      1. Do you have a mentor that is a writer?

      Yes! A lot of my mentors are from previous internships (Meagan included!), as well as connections I made at other publications while on the job. I was lucky enough to work in a building that housed multiple magazines, so I have been able to do informational interviews with a ton of people. I also think it's important not to overlook your peer mentors — during my job search this semester, I've called on those who are just a few years older than me while applying to different jobs, and they've been able to refer me or look over my application.

      2. When/if you experience writer's block, how do you move forward with confidence in your own voice?

      I'm a big advocate for the brain dump. I will open up a blank document and write down every single thing that comes into my head. Most of it ends up being trash, but there are always a few golden ideas that end up turning into a story or a thesis.

      3. Do you feel more of a connection to work that you've created in the journalism field or in your English literature coursework?

      I feel more of a personal connection to my own work, but I feel as though my background in English has given me the tool kit to use the English language to the best of my ability. Most of writing is creative imitation, so being able to read and appreciate great writing is key to producing great writing. George Saunders is one of my favorite writers, and his ability to write impactful short stories has been incredibly helpful in my own writing.

      4. Do you find a common theme in the writing that inspires your work the most?

      The gut reaction. All of my favorite pieces of writing have left me with a profound feeling of change, and I think that has translated to many of my own pieces. I think that the reader should leave my pieces with a new perspective, idea, or feeling — it doesn't have to be life-changing, but what's the point of writing something if it doesn't do something?
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    • Stephanie Harris,

      Thank you so much for your thoughtful and insightful feedback! So glad to connect with you and looking forward to staying in touchStephanie Harris,

      Thank you so much for your thoughtful and insightful feedback! So glad to connect with you and looking forward to staying in touch for the future!

      Best,
      Sofia Bianchi
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    • Stephanie Harris This is all so helpful!!

      I just created my own Contently page, because I've been meaning to create my own blog but wasn't sure wherStephanie Harris This is all so helpful!!

      I just created my own Contently page, because I've been meaning to create my own blog but wasn't sure where to start-- thanks for the suggestion!

      It's so awesome to see a fellow U of M student pursuing writing and doing so well! (I just graduated in April, so no longer a student, but definitely feel that my Psych major at U of M prepared me to become a better writer)

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  •   Laura Ridolfi commented on this post about 2 months 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
    • Hi Laura! As a first year college student, I sometimes find it intimidating to think about recruitment in the field of finance. Do you have any adviceHi Laura! As a first year college student, I sometimes find it intimidating to think about recruitment in the field of finance. Do you have any advice for someone like me who is early on in the process? At this stage is there anything I should start to look at or focus on? Thank you so much!   More ...
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    • Hi Laura! I was wondering what do you do to get motivated in times when life/school/work is extremely overwhelming. It's mid-Fall Semester, and I'm stHi Laura! I was wondering what do you do to get motivated in times when life/school/work is extremely overwhelming. It's mid-Fall Semester, and I'm struggling to remain focused.

      Thank you!
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    • Hi Laura,

      I hope all is well, so thrilled to connect with you. My questions are...

      1. Was your first internship with Barclays Capital a summer interHi Laura,

      I hope all is well, so thrilled to connect with you. My questions are...

      1. Was your first internship with Barclays Capital a summer internship, or were you balancing this internship with your classes as well, and how so?

      2. Did you always know you wanted to go into finance/was your major finance related?

      3. What were the obstacles you overcame when you first started out in this field?

      4. Have you ever done/pursued anything in life which is completely unrelated to what you are doing now which has, in retrospect, served you in this field?

      Best,
      Sofia Bianchi


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    • Hi Meagan!

      Thanks for the questions!

      1) Ever since I was little I was fascinated by the stock market. While other kids were playing outside, Hi Meagan!

      Thanks for the questions!

      1) Ever since I was little I was fascinated by the stock market. While other kids were playing outside, I was reading the stock prices in the newspaper. (My parents were a little concerned! Haha) I just have always taken an interest in finance, markets and the economy. I was always trying to think of new ways to make money growing up and loved to learn the way businesses worked.

      2) Finding the right job is not easy! When I was in college, I must have applied to over 50 internships. I tried to learn a lot about the companies I was applying to and did as much research as possible to make sure not only the day-to-day work was a good fit but culture is very important as well. I really tried to use the interview process as a way for me to learn also. Initially I was so intimidated by interviewing but then I realized it’s a mutually beneficial experience. I highly recommend asking questions during interviews, try to expand your network as much as possible and use resources around you to learn about roles and opportunities in the finance world. Finance is so interesting because there are so many different avenues you can take with it. It was a little bit of trial and error for me at first but the rotational program at Barclays really helped me learned the different opportunities in a bank and the industry in general. I highly recommend a rotational internship, it gives you an opportunity to sample different roles in a short amount of time before making more of a longer term commitment.

      3) The first few years of my career were solely focused on learning. My advice for the first years on the jobs is :


      · Don’t be too hard on yourself – I was so quick to get overwhelmed because I didn’t think I was doing a “good job” or was getting confused on topics or tasks and I had to be reminded that this it was the beginning of my career- not the middle or the end and I’ll be successful but need to take one day at a time
      · Ask Questions- no one expects you to know everything
      · Seek out mentors and expand your network as much as possible – having relationships with in your career is crucial to success and is such a learning experience in itself
      · Learning time management will make your life so much easier
      · Be confident in your work

      4) Preparing for you career can be really hard because it can take unpredictable turns. I think you just need to have a positive attitude, make sure your dedicating your time and energy to something you genuinely enjoy and tackle each hurdle one at a time.
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    • Hi Jessica Li,

      So nice to hear from you!

      1) I have to say I have had nothing short of an amazing experience working in this industry. I have Hi Jessica Li,

      So nice to hear from you!

      1) I have to say I have had nothing short of an amazing experience working in this industry. I have had an opportunity to work with both great and empowering males and females. I think if from day one you treat people respectfully and equally – they generally respond by treating you the same way back. My advice is to set the pace from the start, stay professional, and never forget how valuable you are!
      I found confidence came from experience. In the beginning, I would lose sleep over a mistake but I realized mistakes are learning experiences and we’re all only human. The more I learned and grew as a professional the more courage I had to speak up and that’s when I felt I really started to add value to my team. A lot of hard work goes into being confident but as long as your trying your hardest, pushing yourself to keep learning, and enjoying what you do- it will come!

      2) Market volatility comes with the territory, I just try to make sure I am always thinking things through, avoid over-reacting, and always taking a look at the big picture
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    • Hi Hailey Peters,

      Thanks for the questions!

      I started at Barclays doing the rotational program the summer before my senior year and received a fulHi Hailey Peters,

      Thanks for the questions!

      I started at Barclays doing the rotational program the summer before my senior year and received a full time offer to come back the following summer. I spent 3 years at Barclays and I really look back at that time as a growing period. After spending the 3 years acting as a sponge, I finally felt I had some idea of what interested me and what steps I would like to take next in my career. I was very selective when making the move to Chilton, I wanted to find the perfect fit. After my first two years at the firm, I received my first promotion. Not only was it a huge confidence booster, it was so motivating! Having my first introduction to success made me only want more. Two years later I was promoted to Vice President.

      I think some of the strengths that contributed to my promotions were my efforts to keep growing, working to be a very reliable employee and being very passionate about what I do. In my opinion, when your passionate about something, it really makes a different. My passion keeps my interest growing, keeps me dedicated to what I do, and it makes my daily work a lot more positive.
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      I love your question! I wish I had asked it when I was your age J and I love that you’re so pro-active! My advice is to do as much as youHi Chloe,

      I love your question! I wish I had asked it when I was your age J and I love that you’re so pro-active! My advice is to do as much as you can to build up your resume as possible.

      -If your school has a finance or investment club- JOIN

      -Summer jobs in the industry are so great! Even if you can work at a local bank over the summer or if you’re lucky enough to score an internship at a firm- I highly recommend it. (I was in college during the recession and no joke- I worked at a distribution factory but it taught me a lot)

      -Attend all career fairs or any informational sessions your school may offer

      -Start to build your network: older classmates, professors, friends of parents, etc

      -Reach out to people for informational interviews – you’d be surprised how many people are willing to offer advice

      -Read & Watch the news, it’s such a great way to learn

      -Don’t get discouraged if you don’t hear back from some of the internships

      And finally- don’t get intimidated, everyone is in the same boat and you’re already killing it by being so proactive

      Good Luck!!
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    • Hi Ursula!

      I feel your pain! Life can get really overwhelming - especially when your juggling your career, education, and all the distractions of coHi Ursula!

      I feel your pain! Life can get really overwhelming - especially when your juggling your career, education, and all the distractions of college & friends/family. The good news is your more than half way through your semester!

      First- Take a deep breath. There is a lot on your plate and the best way to tackle it all is to stay clear minded and focused.

      My second piece of advice is to stay organized. One of my favorite things to do is to make list- I find crossing items off so rewarding. When I was in college I lived by my agenda book, personally I liked having a hard copy because I tend to remember things when I physically write them out.

      Also, I really found it was important to keep a good work/life balance in college. Make sure you have fun and enjoy your time in college. I learned so much outside of the classroom while I was at school and a lot of the lessons and friendships have really proven to come in hand.
      Even now when I am really stressed and overwhelmed, I am a big proponent of rewarding yourself and treating yourself. In college for example- if I had a ton of work to do but I could not get motivated to do it, I would say “ok Laura you can go out with your friends Saturday night but only if you finish all your work on Friday night” or I would take a break to meet up with my friends for dinner and just re-fresh my mind a little. Personally, working out also really helps me too. It gives me a healthy mental break and allows me to take my stress out in a healthy way.

      Good Luck, You got this!!
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    • Hi Sofia,

      Sorry for the delay, I was recently traveling to Chicago- Such a great city!

      1. My first internship at Barclays was a summer inte
      Hi Sofia,

      Sorry for the delay, I was recently traveling to Chicago- Such a great city!

      1. My first internship at Barclays was a summer internship, it was such a great experience and I highly recommend any summer internships – especially rotational programs.

      2. I always had a very strong interest in finance. I knew I wanted to work in finance but it definitely took me some time to figure out exactly what I wanted to do within finance. I ended up graduating with a double major and minor : Finance, Real Estate and a minor in hospitality.

      3. When I first started in the field, I felt like I had so much to learn and almost felt lost. It took me some time to figure out how to apply my formal education to my day to day work. I also was just not use to working in a fast pace environment and being able to prioritize all the work in front of me. It took me some time to understand what was most efficient, time management, and how to have a positive work/life balance.

      One additional obstacle I had in the beginning of my career was not having a large network in the industry. I remember when I was applying to jobs, I was often asked “who I knew” and the answer was always pretty much no one. Once I started working, I dedicated a lot of time to expanding my network and really putting myself out there. I also look back and appreciate the experience I had because I had applied to both Barclays and Chilton online and worked my way up from the bottom.

      4. Interestingly enough my experience in hospitality was really beneficial to my current career. I think having spent time working with people in so many experiences was very helpful to the client facing side of my role. The hospitality industry kept me very open-minded and also taught me to be a very good cook!
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  •   Meagan Hooper commented on this post about 4 months ago
    Hi Angelina!

    How's your September goal going of getting settled into grad school and Philly life? How is it being away from Leo and Anthony? Love your classes, classmates and professors?
    • Thanks for checking in! I've actually been home on weekends since I only have classes Tues-Thurs so it hasn't been so bad. And I can facetime or use tThanks for checking in! I've actually been home on weekends since I only have classes Tues-Thurs so it hasn't been so bad. And I can facetime or use the amazing Pawbo (a camera connected to an app so you can videocall your pets when they are home alone) in between.

      I have four classes and it's a lot of work, more than at NYU. I'm very happy with them. My cohort, the other new Comparative Literature students, are a very interesting divers crowd, and I lucked out with roommates. I had my first class presentation yesterday, so things are getting serious very quickly. And Philly is nice, but I live close to campus and honestly haven't been more than a mile away from campus for most of the time. Too much work

      So overall it's going pretty well!!!

      How is your September Meagan Hooper?
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    • Oh it's so wonderful to 'hear' your voice Angelina! I'm curious - what are you studying, reading, presenting?! Does it have to do with women, media, Oh it's so wonderful to 'hear' your voice Angelina! I'm curious - what are you studying, reading, presenting?! Does it have to do with women, media, modern literature? Have you learned anything yet? As memory serves, you will start teaching in year 3?

      Glad you're able to make it home often. How is Anthony liking his new job? Does Leo miss you like crazy? Can he see you through Pawbo?

      My September is good! Glad we've got the bSmart app out and experimenting with that. And our big fall 2018 initiative is the campus ambassador program! So, we'll see if we can spread the word.

      I'm trying to remember - is Anne Whiting's sister still at Penn? I couldn't remember if she's graduated. You and Anne could take the train down together!
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    • Meagan Hooper my sister is still in school there, it's her senior year! I def need to visit!
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    • Oh wonderful! Anne - do you think her sister would want to share our Campus Ambassador opportunity with any school clubs or sororities? We're trying Oh wonderful! Anne - do you think her sister would want to share our Campus Ambassador opportunity with any school clubs or sororities? We're trying to have every college woman in the US download the bSmart app. Tell her it's LinkedIn for women.

       https://bsmartguide.com/programs/bsmart-on-campus.html

      No pressure!
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    • Meagan Hooper My presentations this semester are on female photographers in the second half of the 19th Century and imperialism (part of my postcoloniMeagan Hooper My presentations this semester are on female photographers in the second half of the 19th Century and imperialism (part of my postcolonial feminisms course that I take for grounding myself in the history of feminism), then on Doris Lessing's The Grass is Singing (White women's roles in colonialism in South Africa; and Doris Lessing's nobel prize makes her a giant in women's literature), and on Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward (contemporary women's writing, African American women). And I'll start teaching next year but just as a teaching assistant or maybe to teach composition, so I won't yet be making my own syllabus... And how about we go to La Duree on a Friday sometime in October? It's too much reading and studying to tell you about in a comment

      Anthony's really enjoying his new job. It's such an upgrade in his life quality Leo does seem particularly sweet when I'm home on weekends. The pawbo only has a one-way camera, but I can talk to him. I also try to talk to him when I'm facetiming with Anthony but mostly Leo doesn't really make sense of video I think. (it's just colors to him if I understand correctly).

      Also, Amanda Sannella, I volunteered to start an Instagram account for my CompLit program at Penn!! Thinking about the things I learnt at bSmart

      Anne Whiting and all of you - Philly is really fun! You should all visit

      Meagan Hooper - Have you been contacting career centers / resources at universities? I think that could give the september goal a boost even if it's only a small handful of schools (maybe bSmart could focus on ivies, seven sisters, NYC based schools and built out from there). How are Harriet and Stella??
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    • Oh I would love to hear all about it! YES - Let me know a Friday when you're free so we can get coffee. I'd love to learn more about what you're leaOh I would love to hear all about it! YES - Let me know a Friday when you're free so we can get coffee. I'd love to learn more about what you're learning / studying / teaching.

      Contacting career centers is a GREAT ideas! I've put it on my list! You're so smart.

      Can't wait to catch up in person!
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  •   Meagan Hooper commented on this post about 3 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
    • I think it's important to take risks, but calculated risks in that you understand the possible pros and cons that come with that action. You must leapI think it's important to take risks, but calculated risks in that you understand the possible pros and cons that come with that action. You must leap, but not into complete darkness. An really good example of this that I've recently learned in class was Soichiro Honda's creation of the Super Cub. If you would like to read more about it, I added a link below that shares the history of Honda's journey of introducing the Super Cub to the United States!

      https://global.honda/products/motorcycles/supercub-anniv/story/vol3.html

      I personally believe I identify with the voice of 'You aren't good at _____'. I always put myself down for my failures, but I need to remember that learning comes with failure. Jus because I failed once, doesn't mean I should give up. Instead, it should motivate me to try harder next time!

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    • Thank you, Meagan! This is an excellent point and definitely something I have experienced to different settings. There have been many interesting studThank you, Meagan! This is an excellent point and definitely something I have experienced to different settings. There have been many interesting studies on how men and women think differently about risk taking and about how they see themselves relative to other people.

      For me, in terms of decision making surrounding when I am ready to "take the next step", I think a few things have been quite helpful - 1) consulting a few close friends/family members who know me and my hesitations well (rather than mass feedback on the product), 2) thinking about my past record of achievements to give myself further confidence, especially circumstances where I had originally thought the field/subject/skill to be something that I could not master, 3) acknowledging the fact that I and many other women give ourselves and our own projects an x% discount relative to men in parallel circumstances, and 4) have other people hold be accountable - for example, having other people hold me to publishing something by x date.

      In the list of "Inner Critic" manifestations, a few that resonate with me are "the voice of body-perfectionism" and "you aren't good at math/negotiating/technical stuff." Especially as an applied math, statistics, and computer science concentrator, the latter is frequently an initial inhibitor. I find that what I usually have to do is jump into this, work very hard, and then realize that I am indeed outperforming many of my male classmates (overwhelming majority of classmates), contrary to my own "inner critic" thoughts.
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    • Thank you Ursula and Jessica!

      It sounds like you see the merits of taking risk and leaping even more so than I allow myself professionally. I'm goThank you Ursula and Jessica!

      It sounds like you see the merits of taking risk and leaping even more so than I allow myself professionally. I'm going to remember this next time I'm facing a decision to big or go home!

      Ursula - I think the inner critic can often stem from messages we received during our formative years / childhood. I wonder if there's a way to once and for all re-engineer those thoughts. It might sound silly, but have you tried writing down the top 10 criticisms you make about yourself and then writing down the opposite. Read aloud the 10 inverse affirmations when you wake up and before you go to bed (while looking in the mirror is even better.) I wonder if that would change your unconscious thought patterns? I heard someone on Oprah say that thoughts and beliefs live in our DNA and to change them, we need to deeply change our believes at our core. She even offered examples for how negativity lives in our skin and body "weighing us down."

      On that note - how is your semester going at school?!

      Jessica - That's so crazy your inner critic is "not good at math/negotiating/technical stuff" because YOU, more than any other person I know or have met, communicates with such an extreme understanding of those things! I too have the need to prove myself, ESPECIALLY in male-dominated environments. Growing up, I felt like I was surrounded by male bullies who assumed I was able to understand politics, finance, etc. It made me so mad to hear them belittle me. Even now as an adult living in NYC, every week, in small and subtle ways, I feel like men assume I won't know something or understand something because of how I look. It's maddening! That's why I became super determined to launch my own business that would hopefully dwarf all of theirs in revenue so that I could prove myself and other women as mentally as capable as them.

      On that note - what would you like to accomplish professionally that would create the reputation you want to have?
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    • P.S. I read the Honda story. Thank you for sharing!! I love the idea of starting with what's most challenging.
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    • Meagan Hooper I'll definitely try that! I heard that mantras can help you change your thinking, so I've been meaning to try something like that. ThankMeagan Hooper I'll definitely try that! I heard that mantras can help you change your thinking, so I've been meaning to try something like that. Thank you for the idea!

      I'm super busy this semester with recruitment going on, but it's been good so far. I'm honestly so proud of how productive and efficient I've been the past few weeks. I'm actually flying to New York on September 20th for an interview! I'll update you on how that goes!
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  •   Meagan Hooper commented on this post about 4 months ago
    Sofia Rosa Bianchi uploaded a new video in Mindful Living
    Hello Mindfulness Ladies!

    Sometimes it is so hard for me to focus my mind on one thing at night. I sit down to read a book, and then I need to look up a word on my phone, and then before you know it I am deep in the albums of my phone from seven months ago.

    Sometimes reading books at night becomes overstimulating for me after a certain point, for this reason. 20 minutes in I'm looking up words left and right, looking up the author, reading their bio, reading where they went to college...sometimes I need something that engages more than one of my senses, so that I can just sit there and be fed the information without having to think too hard about it.

    (...something that isn't Netflix. For me, Netflix is a ticket to spending way too many nights up past my bedtime for no good reason besides short-lived emotional satisfaction.)

    So I would like to share with you all one of my favorite bed-time-activity alternatives:

    ...Ted Talks! Ted Talks are quick, thoughtful, and engaging. I always feel that I can learn a lot from them, and there are always fresh new topics to choose from.

    In the coming weeks I would like to share with you my Ted Talk pick of the week, and maybe you can follow along and tune in alongside me!

    Tonight, I was feeling inspired by the title that read: How Women in Rural India turned courage into capital.

    I just finished reading the Defining Decade that Angelina had recommended earlier this summer. Meg Jay talks a lot about "capital", so it must have been on my mind.

    Chetna Gala Sinha tells an inspiring story about how she and other women from her rural community in India established their own bank, and the challenges they needed to overcome in order to do so. It's a fabulous talk, I hope you take a few minutes to tune in! I hope to begin discussions each week on the topics we share, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

    Here is this week's video:
     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4QaViHAULQ
    #Mindfullness


    ‏ — with Angelina Eimannsberger
    TED Radio 08/20/18 - How women in rural India turned courage into capital | Chetna Gala Sinha
    TED Radio 08/20/18 - How women in rural India turned courage into capital | Chetna Gala Sinha When bankers refused to serve her neighbors in rural India, Che...
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  •   Angelina Eimannsberger commented on this post about 4 months ago
    How was moving Angelina?! Thinking of you! ❤️❤️
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  • This is really great Joanna! Thanks for sharing (love)

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  •   Mary Bemis commented on this post about 5 months ago
    Anne Whiting excited for your invite to your new house! I'm in NYC until mid-August (ish) before the semester starts
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