Results tagged as "international womens day"

  • Farnoosh Torabi: My Pivot Point Led Me to Start My Own Business

    By Farnoosh Torabi, Journalist, Founder of March 20, 2014 06:05 PM

    Spring of 2009 - a tumultuous economic time when the sky seemed to be falling - marked a pivot point in my life. It was then that I suddenly got laid off from a job I loved and immediately came to an emotionally perplexing crossroads in my career.

    Should I immediately jump back into the job market and try to secure another full-time position similar to the one I held? Or, should I leverage this kick-in-the-pants moment to finally pursue my dream of launching my own company?

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  • Catalina Herrera Roca: My Pivot Point Pushed Me Out of My Comfort Zone

    By Catalina Herrera Roca, Citi Country Officer Trinidad & Tobago March 18, 2014 01:15 PM

    To celebrate International Women's Day, Catalina Herrera Roca, Country Officer for Citi in Trinidad and Tobago, shares her pivot point.

    Throughout my long career in the field, I have experienced many pivotal moments that impacted and shaped the way I view my work, but the most vivid in my mind is a conversation I had with a new boss seven years ago.

    The conversation was not easy. My boss encouraged me to challenge myself, leverage my experience to grow faster, step out of my comfort zone and take more responsibilities. I was asked to leave a comfortable position I'd had for eight years managing a small area, and to take on more responsibility managing a different, bigger one.


  • Sheree Stomberg: My Pivot Point Taught Me to Reframe my Limiting Beliefs

    By Sheree Stomberg, Global Head of Citi Shared Services and the CSC Delivery Network March 14, 2014 04:38 PM

    To celebrate International Women's Day, Sheree Stomberg, Global Head of Citi Shared Services and the Citi Service Center Delivery Network, shares a pivot point that taught her to "Reframe her Limiting Beliefs."

    Back in 2005, I found myself staring into my bathroom mirror while repeating the words "I am grateful for this career setback because...." Trouble was, I couldn't figure out how to finish that sentence. There was not one good thing that could possibly come from being passed up for a significant promotion and being layered. For half an hour, I stood there saying those same words over and over while I racked my brain, trying to generate an opportunity out of this. Finally, the words came to me: "I am SO grateful for this career setback because it's going to take me to new heights. I'm going to break through these barriers and contribute at multiples beyond what this opportunity would have allowed. I will make this the great motivator and propeller in my life."


  • Amy Rosen: My Pivot Point Taught Me to 'Fail Up'

    By Amy Rosen, President & CEO, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship March 12, 2014 01:33 PM

    To celebrate International Women's Day, Amy Rosen, President and CEO of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, shares a pivot point that taught her to 'Fail Up.'

    Pivot points- those moments in our lives that truly change us -happen in many different ways. I've had a handful of these myself, including those perfect words of wisdom from mentors and a few significant career changes.

    But the biggest lesson I've learned is perseverance comes from setbacks and failures. Picking yourself up and regaining confidence is a critical skill to be successful. After being fired from my first job, I learned to do just that.

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  • Kristine Braden: My Pivot Point Taught Me the Value of Perseverance and Opportunity

    By Kristine Braden, Head of Europe for Global Subsidiaries Group, Citi March 10, 2014 11:51 AM

    To celebrate International Women's Day, Kristine Braden, Citi's Head of Europe for the Global Subsidiaries Group, shares her pivot point.

    When I was in college, I joined the rowing team. The requirements to make the team were clear: you needed to be tall and athletic. At 6 feet tall and with a long sports history, I fit the bill.

    The collegiate rowing calendar is year-long, culminating in the championship races. Despite a promising start to the season, I was soon injured, resulting in persistent pain throughout the year. To further impact my precarious position on the team, I missed a key spring race to visit my mom, who had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. My injury and the decision to see my family caused the coach to question my commitment and value to the team.


  • Mary Ellen Iskenderian: My Pivot Point Led Me to Follow My Passion

    By Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President & CEO, Women’s World Banking March 07, 2014 11:59 AM

    To celebrate International Women's Day, Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO of Women's World Banking, shares her pivot point.

    For 17 years, I worked at an international financial institution making multi-million dollar investments in financial institutions in developing countries. I saw the great impact this kind of work can have in building systems and institutions to address the economic challenges of these countries.

    But after years of working around the world, I began to realize that I was getting further away from the people whom I wanted to serve most, low-income women. I now know that this was the pivot point that pushed me to take on a new role as President and CEO of Women's World Banking, the global nonprofit devoted to giving low-income women access to the financial tools they need to achieve security and prosperity. My decision taught me the importance of pursuing work that is aligned with your core passions. In my case, I was able to focus my career on serving these women that I care about so deeply.

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  • My Pivot Point Led to Better Work-Life Balance

    By Christine Lam, Country Business Manager, Global Consumer Bank, Hong Kong, Citi March 04, 2014 11:32 AM

    To celebrate International Women's Day, Christine Lam, Country Business Manager for Citi, shares her pivot point.

    "30 years, and counting." This is typically how I introduce my career at Citi. It has been an eventful, exciting journey and there have been many career defining moments along the way.

    I started out a single mother of a young son and traveled incessantly for work. I was spending time with my child one Sunday morning when I saw him washing his hands in the bathroom, without having to rely on the step-up stool. My son was tall enough to wash his hands without help, and I had missed all that growing up!


  • Suni Harford Reflects on A Key Pivot Point That Changed Her Life

    By Suni Harford, Regional Head of Markets, North America, Citi March 03, 2014 11:38 AM

    To kickoff International Women's Day celebrations, Suni Harford, Regional Head of Markets, North America reflects on a pivotal point in her career and shares lessons learned.

    Almost everyone I know who has had a lengthy career can point to at least one or two moments along the way that changed their direction, and so their level of success. Many of those "pivot points" are not recognized until enough time has passed to provide the necessary perspective on the import of those moments. And, of course, there are bound to be some decisions made and roads taken that didn't work out so well. At which point the pivotal moment may well have been the one that got us back on track. Hopefully, at the end of the day, the decisions that propel us outweigh those that held us back!

    There have been many decisions that I have taken over the past 25 years that, at some, level would be considered pivotal in my career. These include deciding to work overseas or close to home, whether or not to make a lateral move now or wait to move up the ladder, choosing to work in management or production. Likewise, there are many decisions that had a direct impact on my personal life, such as marriage, having children and choosing between living in the city or the suburbs. As I look back, of course, I recognize that all of those decisions affected both my professional and personal life. How could they not? So, as I look back on my career searching for a key pivot point, I am drawn to one specific decision: I chose to be a working mom.


  • "Five Messages to My Younger Self" Roundup

    April 03, 2013 06:33 PM

    In honor of International Women's Day and Women's History Month, we asked a number of accomplished Citi women what messages they would tell their younger selves, knowing where they are now in their careers.

    We touched upon some universal topics such as networking, entrepreneurship, career advancement, leadership and being a working mom.

    As March draws to a close, view the roundup below of some of the most insightful and poignant "Messages to My Younger Self" we received from our Citi women.

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  • Wendy Lofgren-Aviles: 5 Messages to My Younger Self About Being a Working Mom

    By Wendy Lofgren-Aviles, Senior Credit Officer, Citi March 29, 2013 03:32 PM

    Dear Younger Self,

    Congratulations on the birth of your first son. As you learn to balance your career and motherhood, I've taken the liberty of writing down some helpful tips for you during this new journey.

    1) You don't have to do this alone

    a) Never underestimate how the value of help family and friends can provide.
    b) Forget work-family balance and think "integration." Though they are still young, children can have an understanding of your career. Continue to show them how proud you are of your accomplishments. Your ambition could help fuel them to set their own goals early in life.
    c) Determine what your hourly rate is or what an hour of your time is worth. If you can find someone else to do a task for you at a lower rate, solicit help and do something more valuable with your time.

    2) Be organized

    a) Take the time on Sunday to cook at least three meals. Invest in a good set of plastic storage containers and store the food to serve for dinner during the week.
    b) Manage your personal "to do" list like a time-sensitive, professional deliverable. I will give extra points if you create it with an online planner.
    c) Be "diplomatically assertive." If you would like your mother-in-law to fold laundry or need help from a work colleague, you need to ask.