On January 25, 2017, the Arts + Business Council, a Council of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia welcomed Sallie Krawcheck to the Academy of Natural Sciences, to share with a sold out crowd the Power of Women at Work. To follow the conversation as it unfolded, search #AWEsomeWomen on Twitter.
Krawcheck, one of the highest ranking women ever to have worked on Wall Street, held such posts as CEO of Smith Barney, CEO of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and CFO of Citigroup. During her presentation, Krawcheck outlined the arc of her career, using her personal journey to illustrate larger points about the inherent qualities possessed by women that can be leveraged for success in business.
Krawcheck highlighted women’s natural ability to take a broad perspective, to have a healthy attitude toward risk, to experience great creativity, to exercise long-term focus, and to practice deep empathy, both in her address, and in the Q&A session that followed. These characteristics are intrinsic, in Krawcheck’s view, and give women an innate advantage over their male counterparts. Krawcheck argued that women who capitalize on these traits won’t need to demand a place at the table. It will be offered to them – not out of political correctness, but out of good business sense.
As she concluded her remarks, Krawcheck placed a strong emphasis intersectionality in the workplace, stressing the importance of diversity. “The power of diversity is diversity itself,” she noted, explaining that workplaces which encourage a multitude of different perspectives are set to emerge as business leaders in the near future.
Sallie Krawcheck has been profiled as one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People” in Business, as well as in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, and more. Today, she is Co-Founder and CEO of Ellevest, an innovative digital investment platform designed to help women reach their long-term financial investment goals. She is also Chair of the Ellevate Network, a professional networking community whose mission is to advance the positive impact of women in business.
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