Women on Wall Street Offer Encouragement and Advice

January 14, 2009 ann-gillin-lefever

McDonough School of Business alumna Ann Gillin Lefever, from Barclays Capital, addressed the challenges of working in the financial industry during the "Women on Wall Street" presentation January 8.

Several prominent women employed on Wall Street discussed what it's like to work in the finance industry during a panel discussion January 8. The panel was presented by the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business Capital Markets Research Center and the University's Women's Leadership Initiative. The panelists included:

  • Debra Cargine Somers, associate, Credit Suisse
  • Haideh Chubin, director, Deloitte & Touche
  • Laura Cumming, vice president, JPMorgan
  • Kate Duggan, director, equity capital markets, UBS Investment Bank
  • Jennifer A. Killeen, director, learning and development, Merrill Lynch
  • Ann Gillin Lefever, managing director, equity division, Barclays Capital
  • Heather Rosenkoetter, vice president, Friedman, Billings, Ramsey

An audience comprising students, faculty and staff listened to the panelists' stories of their successes and the challenges they faced throughout their careers. Many of the attendees asked the panelists for their views of the current economic problems and their effects on the financial industry. Several of the participants were directly affected by the recent turbulence.

Lefever stressed the importance of relationship building to those who will be entering the industry soon. "One of the most important things you can ever have is a network," she said. The other panelists agreed with Lefever, echoing the significance of having options and continuing to build their skill sets.

Cumming summed up the overall message while describing her history in the financial field when she advised, "This industry is full of constant change, so always be open and receptive to learn and grow."

The panelists stressed that even with the current economic situation they are still planning to recruit summer interns from the McDonough School and encouraged students to apply. Audience members had an opportunity to talk with the panelists at a reception following the discussion.