Results tagged as "international womens day"

  • Ireti Samuel-Ogbu: Five Messages to My Younger Self About Leadership

    By Ireti Samuel-Ogbu, EMEA Public Sector Head, Citi Transaction Services March 18, 2013 03:54 PM


    My name is Ireti Samuel-Ogbu. I started working at Citi as a management associate more than 24 years ago. I have worked in Nigeria, London and South Africa in a variety of roles, from operations to relationship and product management. I am currently the EMEA Public Sector Head for the Citi Transactions Services business, based in London.

    The topic of leadership is important to me because banking is a service and solutions related business, which is dependent on the caliber of the workforce. Even though management gurus expound time-honored, enduring principles, leadership is a constantly evolving topic. I prefer taking on a more centered and holistic approach to becoming an effective leader. Being a successful leader translates not just to a work environment, but life itself. Here are five tips to my younger self about leadership:

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  • Ana Duarte: Five Messages to My Younger Self About Being a Working Mom

    By Ana Duarte, Chief Diversity Officer, Citi March 13, 2013 11:46 AM


    I am the Chief Diversity Officer at Citi and have been with the company for 18 years. I have had the opportunity to hold different roles within the company, such as attracting, developing and retaining a diverse employee workforce and fostering an inclusive and respectful work environment. Outside of the office, one of the most important roles I hold is being a mother to my 17-year-old daughter, Alissa.

    When I joined Citi, I was not aware I was pregnant. My husband and I had faced infertility challenges, so we were thrilled once we learned I was expecting. However, I was scared because I had just started a new position at a new company and was facing a 4-hour daily commute. I knew Citi would offer great opportunities, but was concerned about balancing professional and personal responsibilities.

    I returned to work eight weeks after giving birth to Alissa. The first few months were very challenging. During one particularly stressful week, Alissa was hospitalized with an unknown virus. I was tired from lack of sleep and felt a bit out of control at home, at work and in my personal life. I was on the brink of leaving Citi. However, my situation improved. Through my own experience, I would like to share a few life lessons, which may help those of you navigating work, motherhood and pursuing your life goals.

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  • Andrea Pozzi: Five Messages to My Younger Self About Career Advancement

    By Andrea Pozzi, LatAm Regional Head, Enterprise Risk Management, Citi March 08, 2013 05:21 PM

    I started my career as a junior futures and options analyst at an exchange. I never dreamed that many years later I would be based in Mexico working for Citi as the LatAm Regional Head of Enterprise Risk Management, managing the operational risk of all our businesses in the entire region. At the time I didn't even know what operational risk was or that it even existed. The risk management I knew was based on hedging positions with derivatives, and the derivatives at that time weren't very complicated.

    In honor of International Women's Day, I was asked to think about what advice I would give to myself at the beginning of my career. Below are five messages I would tell my younger self around career advancement.

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  • Alejandra Villagra: Five Messages to My Younger Self About Entrepreneurship

    By Alejandra Villagra, Head of Product Development, Citi Velocity March 06, 2013 07:42 PM

    Having an entrepreneurial spirit will serve you well in any work environment. An idea you believe in and the willingness to take risk can yield great things. You might learn something new, gain valuable experience, make money for you or your company, or earn deep personal pride and satisfaction. My name is Alejandra Villagra and I'm the head of product development for Citi Velocity. I've worked in start-ups and corporate environments, but my path to this role began with a passionate belief that technology could improve how I was doing my job and benefit clients. Putting that theory to work meant making a risky move away from a well-established career path. Below are five tips on entrepreneurship I would give my younger self.

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  • Suni Harford Reflects on Changes for Women During her Career

    By Suni Harford, Head of North American Markets, Citi March 04, 2013 03:29 PM



    International Women's Day is celebrated globally on March 8 to foster inspiration and recognize women across the world for great achievements. Here at Citi, International Women's Day is observed with events ranging from cocktail receptions to mentoring walks honoring women at Citi and internationally.

    Suni Harford, Regional Head of Markets, North America, reflects on the past 25 years she's spent in business and recognizes that women have made great strides in the professional world. We asked Suni to tell us a little about her experiences as we kick off our International Women's Day content at Citi. Read her thoughts on the changing professional landscape for women and her advice to her younger self below.

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