All posts tagged: Money & Career

Suddenly Jobless at 50? You Are Not Alone.

Four years ago, Elizabeth White, then 62, faced one of the hardest moments of her life. What should have been a fabulous highlight — striding on to the TED Talk stage, dressed in a sunshine-yellow dress — was actually a moment she’d avoided for years. White was there to step out from behind the shame she had been carrying and share her story of “faking normal” – acting as if everything was just fine when in fact, she was dealing with the seeming end of her six-figure-salaried career. She began: “You know me. I am in your friendship circle, hidden in plain sight… To look at me, you would not know that my electricity was cut off last week for nonpayment or that I meet the eligibility requirements for food stamps. But if you paid attention, you would see that sadness in my eyes, hear that hint of fear in my otherwise self-assured voice.”  White’s revelatory tale of losing her financial footing at midlife struck a chord; her talk has since racked up over two …

Women Who Inspire: Jane Barratt

(Photo Courtesy of LinkedIn.com) NAME: Jane Barratt AGE:  44 OCCUPATION: Founder, Vested Interest WHO SHE IS: Jane Barratt is a seasoned advertising and digital marketing professional with more than 20 years of incredible experience. Working for some of the biggest brands in the globe, Jane has brought to life incredible and inspiring programs while leading large agencies and practices for Havas, Sapient, Young & Rubicam, and most recently, mcgarrybowen. While there, she served as the International Chief Operations Officer for a variety of cultures, categories and countries. Throughout her varied experiences, Jane recognized one  common thread among each of the companies she worked for — their strong commitment to customers and shareholders. Jane was empowered by that realization, and saw a tremendous opportunity for loyal customers of these big brands to go a step further and buy shares in the companies they bought from most frequently. Her new company, Vested Interest, will help do exactly that when it launches this spring. Jane’s mission is extraordinary — to build a tool to inspire and educate customers with no financial …

Women Who Inspire: Sallie Krawcheck

(Photo Courtesy of 85Broads.com)NAME: Sallie Krawcheck AGE: 49 OCCUPATION: Owner of 85 Broads WHO SHE IS: She might be one of the most well-known women on Wall Street; definitely one of the most senior. I’ve followed her career over the years, from CFO of Citi to CEO of Citi Wealth Management to President of Bank of America Wealth Management. Once the CEO of Merrill Lynch and Smith Barney, Sallie’s known for her honesty and focus on regulatory reform. Most recently, after her last bank position was eliminated, she bought 85 Broads, a professional women’s networking group, from founder Janet Hansen. WHY SHE INSPIRES ME: There aren’t many barriers Sallie hasn’t kicked through — and she seems to have done it with admirable integrity. If you want something, you don’t think about the barriers, you just go for it: That’s Sallie’s way. Like a Wall Street Indiana Jones, batting off snakes and navigating moving platforms and archenemies, perhaps. And when things didn’t go as planned? Instead of retreating in the face of adversity, Sallie found a brilliant next move …