Women Professionals

One of my first impressions when joining the Federal Reserve’s Retail Payments Office was that so many of the staff powering the Fed’s ACH network were women. Women are everywhere in electronic payments … well, almost everywhere. Even today women occupy relatively few senior leadership positions in the industry. Of course, I’d be remiss if […]

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Today the Financial Women’s Association of San Francisco (FWASF) hosted its annual Scholarship Luncheon. Two undergraduates and six graduate students from six Bay Area schools received a total of $70,000 in scholarships. I am on the FWA board and have been involved in the scholarship program for many years — and each year I am […]

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I was featured in Financial Women’s Association of San Francisco (FWA SF) Winter Newsletter. The Q&A is reprinted here, with permission from the FWA. FWA: What are the current trends in the emerging and alternative payments space? McCune: Well, they aren’t all that alternative or so emerging anymore, for one. In the online domain, emerging […]

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I am honored to be on the board of the Financial Women’s Association of San Francisco (FWA SF). Each year we award approximately $100,000 worth of scholarships to undergraduate and graduate women studying finance and accounting at Bay Area colleges and universities. Graduate students receive $10,000 and undergraduates receive $5,000. This year’s deadline is March […]

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  Joe Nocera thinks so. Ms. Bair — who, thankfully, will remain the head of the F.D.I.C. in the new administration — has been thinking along the same lines. She, Mr. Bernanke and Treasury officials have begun talking about a new kind of bank, one that would be created and capitalized by the federal government, […]

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On Friday US Banker published its 7th annual ranking of the most powerful women in banking. The list was compiled earlier this summer and some of the women no longer hold the roles they had at the time of publication (Krawcheck) and at this writing some of the banks may cease to exist, at least […]

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Most of the posts I read and reference in my professional blog are written by men (I don't know why, since banking, finance, and payments aren't lacking talented women). My neglected personal blog is equally lacking when it comes to referencing blogs written by women. Sadly, my RSS reader is too. But not for long… […]

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My work often involves bridging gaps, resolving misunderstandings, and fostering collaboration between the finance department and other parts of large, complex organizations. So I was intrigued by this recent research from HBS on " interaction patterns in modern, complex, multiunit firms." Key findings: Communication is heavily constrained by formal organizational structure: the vast majority of […]

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This morning Tom Peters posted an ALL CAPS temper tantrum. I agree with him whole-heartedly as he argues that the truly hard stuff, the real differentiator of leaders and companies, is the ability to execute strategy: THE RELATIONSHIPS-LEADERSHIP-"CULTURE"-"ACTION BIAS" [OR NOT] ARE THE TRUE "HARD STUFF." His rant was provoked by a WSJ piece implying […]

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Fortune 500 companies with the highest representation of women board directors attained significantly higher financial performance, on average, than those with the lowest representation of women board directors, according to non-profit Catalyst’s most recent report, The Bottom Line: Corporate Performance and Women’s Representation on Boards. In addition, the report points out, on average, notably stronger-than-average […]

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Sunday's New York Times business section has a lengthy article on Wall Street's attempt to retain women professionals and woo back others that have left. It echoes many of the themes in Sylvia Anne Hewlett's March 2005 HBR article and features profiles of two women (one starting out, one attempting to return to Wall Street). […]

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Are you innovative? Do you approach problems from a different perspective than the way we've always done it? Are your solutions to complex problems clever and imaginative? Obviously, finance executives should not be too innovative when if comes to accounting (look where that led the Enron team) but we can use a few pointers from […]

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The cover story of this month's CFO magazine is What Women Want, and exploration of life-work balance, opportunities, and flexibility. The article balances quotes from leading women in finance with data from a survey of 363 finance professionals (men and women). Fewer than 10 percent of CFOs in either the Fortune 500 or the Fortune […]

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The following "member spotlight" featuring yours truly was published in a recent edition of the Association of Women MBAs newsletter: AWM Member SpotlightErin McCune: The Unexpected Entrepreneur Erin McCune (USC Marshall School of Business, 2003) never intended to have a business career, instead imagining herself as a designer or editor. Yet today, she is the […]

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A new non-profit, The Flexibility Alliance, promotes workplace flexibility. It provides resources for employers as well as working parents. Key flexibility stats: 60% (nearly) of women in one study would have left their jobs without the opportunity to work flexibly. 53% of the women in the same study were promoted while working flexibly Managers and […]

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