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Career Curveballs: Doing the Job When No One Thinks You Can

Career Curveballs: Doing the Job When No One Thinks You Can

By Sallie Krawcheck I often joke that I was offered the position of Director of Research of Sanford Bernstein after all of the other analysts said no to the job. This, however, is not strictly true: I was offered the position after my mentor said no to the job – again and again and again. He was one of Bernstein’s top analysts. He was the guy who had hired me (even though I was a stay-at-home-mom-with-an-infant), who had critiqued my research and who had fought for my first and second promotions. He introduced me to his clients and gave me pointers on my presentation skills. We were in and out of each others’ offices at least 20 times a day. He took years off of my career trajectory, a

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