Maybe Sheryl Sandberg really is building a new feminist movement.
Following the Facebook (FB) COO's PR extravaganza around her best-seller Lean In, the first mega-mover and shaker to join the conversation about women and work was Warren Buffett. The Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) chief wrote an enlightening essay in the Fortune 500 issue, did his first-ever interview about women (with me), and joined Twitter to help spread his word globally.
This week, Sallie Krawcheck bet her own money on women--by buying 85 Broads, a community of businesswomen that began 26 years ago with alums of Goldman Sachs (GS). Krawcheck acknowledges the irony of her leaping on the female empowerment bandwagon. When she was at Citigroup (C) and Bank of America (BAC), she strived to avoid gender issues. But since dropping off the corporate jungle gym in 2011, Krawcheck says she has realized, "The numbers on women and diversity are so freakin' compelling." She contends that we're at a "tipping point" in terms of women's impact on the global economy.
And then there is Lynn Tilton. Via Patriarch Partners, her New York-based private equity firm, Tilton owns 75 companies--Rand McNally, Spiegel, MD Helicopters, and Stila Cosmetics, among them--and oversees 120,000 employees. Three weeks ago in California, Tilton was at a meeting of trustees of the XPrize, an organization that devises competitions to bring about breakthroughs to improve the world. Tilton decided on her mission: "I chose women and girls," she recalls, noting that she's fed up seeing women graduate from colleges at higher rates than men and then fall off corporate tracks far too often.
On an XPrize team that included former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm, Tilton pitched an idea called "X2: Mother of All Prizes." Her proposal was to double the monetary award for any XPrize winners whose teams have at least 50% female leadership. The XPrize judges loved Tilton's idea and selected X2 as a grand prize winner. Tilton tossed in $5 million of her own money to fuel the concept.
"I want to light a match to start a bonfire," says Tilton, who counts just one female CEO among the chiefs of her 70 companies. "My businesses are very tough," she explains, admitting that she herself, renowned for her flashy attire and attraction to distressed companies, is not a typical female exec. "I think women are more mission-oriented than money-oriented," she adds, with a hint of sadness. "But I'm not going to cease to try to get more women at the top."
It was a double hit to Fortune's Most Powerful Women list last Tuesday when Yahoo (YHOO) CEO Carol Bartz and Bank of America's (BAC) Sallie Krawcheck got fired.
Bartz, No. 10 in our 2010 MPW rankings, went out with a bang--as my explosive interview with her, F-bombs included, shows. Meanwhile, Krawcheck, BofA's global wealth management chief and No. 24 on our list, exited without a sound.
I know both women well, and it's worth observing that MOREPatricia Sellers - Sep 12, 2011 9:26 AM ET
by Patricia Sellers
Ted Dimon Sr. started a new job yesterday.
Not just any job. Formerly a broker at Merrill Lynch, Dimon joined the brokerage unit of JPMorgan Chase (JPM). His son happens to be CEO of the parent company.
Word is, Jamie Dimon steered clear of the deal to hire his 78-year-old dad, who arrived with five other Merrill brokers in tow. According to people close to father and son, Ted MOREPatricia Sellers - Nov 10, 2009 12:10 PM ET
by Patricia Sellers
Maybe it's a sign of recovery in the financial services industry: Wall Street's two most renowned women dropouts have settled on what to do next. Yesterday on Postcards, you read Sallie Krawcheck's bizarre tale of her bumpy road on the way to Bank of America (BAC). Today, news broke that former Morgan Stanley (MS) co-president Zoe Cruz is starting a hedge fund.
Cruz, who spent her entire career at MOREPatricia Sellers - Oct 9, 2009 12:21 PM ET
by Jessica Shambora
If 2009 has a buzz word, it's "transparency."
The consensus is that we got into this mess because a lot of people didn't know what they were signing up for: adjustable rate mortgages, arcane investment vehicles, credit cards with hidden fees. People didn't know because the products were too complicated to understand. Or they weren't transparent. Or both.
We've written about this here on Postcards: Sallie Krawcheck, ex-Citigroup (C) and MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Aug 25, 2009 12:26 PM ET
You never know who your summer intern will turn out to be. In 1980, Ursula Burns was a summer intern in mechanical engineering at Xerox (XRX). Last month, she became CEO there. In 1985, Sallie Krawcheck was a summer intern at Fortune. She later climbed to the top tier of Citigroup (C), where she served as CFO and ran a $13 billion wealth management unit. Last week, Krawcheck moved to MOREPatricia Sellers - Aug 13, 2009 1:42 PM ET
"If you spend your whole life focused on getting from here to there, then you won't enjoy the trip."
- Sallie Krawcheck, suggesting that her move to Bank of America (BAC), announced today, isn't about chasing the golden rung--the CEO job there--but rather about fulfilling a desire "to get back in the fray." I've known Krawcheck, who had an unpleasant parting with Citigroup (C) last fall, for many years. And though MOREPatricia Sellers - Aug 3, 2009 6:56 PM ET
by Patricia Sellers
Sallie Krawcheck has landed back at another troubled bank giant. Citigroup's (C) onetime CFO, who later headed global wealth management there and clashed with Citi CEO Vikram Pandit, has accepted a job at Bank of America (BAC).
Her new position—leading BofA's global wealth and investment management business—comes as a surprise, since she has been off the radar since Pandit demoted her last September and she left Citi soon after. MOREPatricia Sellers - Aug 3, 2009 5:05 PM ET
Has Wall Street regulation worked? As a landmark stock-research settlement--requiring brokerages to spend $460 million over five years on reforms--expired this week, the key man behind the deal, Eliot Spitzer, and two experts, former Citigroup (C) CFO Sallie Krawcheck and Fortune's Allan Sloan, convened at CNNMoney's studios to talk about the progress. I sat in on their conversation. You can view segments on CNNMoney by clicking the links at the MOREPatricia Sellers - Jul 30, 2009 2:05 PM ET
"'More' is not the answer here. 'Better' is the answer here. 'Much less' is the answer here."
-- Sallie Krawcheck, former CFO of Citigroup (C), discussing the need for simplicity in financial disclosures in a video interview with CNNMoney anchor Poppy Harlow. Krawcheck gets personal here: Six weeks ago she refinanced her home and encountered "mind-boggling" paperwork, she says. The financial-services industry, she notes, "had high returns on complexity for years." MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Jul 14, 2009 4:28 PM ET
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