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What I Wish I Could Tell My Old-Equity-Analyst-Self

What I Wish I Could Tell My Old-Equity-Analyst-Self

By Sallie Krawcheck

This article was originally published on Linkedin.

We should #LeanInTogether.

I couldn’t have had the career I’ve had without the partner at home that I’ve had. I often note that one of my smartest career moves was convincing my husband that when our toddler cried out “Mommy!” in the middle of the night, he really meant “Parent of Either Gender!” So we each ended up sort of tired, rather than me extremely tired.

So LeaningIn Together helps to level the playing field. In helping to take steps toward equality of opportunity, it is the right thing to do.

It’s also the smart thing to do.

During those days when my children were losing their pacifiers out of their cribs and asking to be soothed after a nightmare, I was starting my career as an equity research analyst. I initially covered life insurance companies and then quickly moved to covering the Wall Street firms.

This job entailed a great deal of quantitative and analytical work, modeling companies’ future earnings, stress testing them and then determining which ones had better (or worse) prospects than the stock market at large was discounting. It was through insights into where the broader market was wrong that career-making “calls” were made.

To evaluate a company, in nearly every client meeting, one question was always asked. It was some form of “Is management any good?”

And my answer was always some form of “Yes, I think so, because I met with them for an hour one time,” or “Yes, I think so, because I saw them on stage at a conference,” or “No, I don’t think so, because they stumbled the answer to a question I asked them once.” I would have been better off saying “Are you kidding? I have no idea beyond some superficial impressions.”

But as I moved into management myself, the answer came into focus. Having a diverse team -- diversity of thought, perspective, background, temperament, gender, color -- mattered in driving the vigorous debate to get to the optimal business outcome. I have worked on teams that were diverse and teams that were not; the diverse teams were more effective.

The research on the issue backs this up. Companies with diverse leadership teams are associated with higher returns on capital, lower risk, greater long-term focus, greater client focus, and greater innovation. In my opinion, it’s not a far leap to believe that these results can in turn drive better stockholder returns.

For this reason, I partnered with Pax World to launch the Pax Ellevate Global Woman’s Index Fund (PXWEX). This mutual fund invests in the top-rated companies in the world for advancing women, as ranked by such measures as percent of women on their Boards of Directors and in their senior management teams.

I believe I now have a much better answer to the question “Is management any good?”

It’s another reason to #LeanInTogether. Men and women. Visit LeanIntogether.orgfor more information.

Sallie Krawcheck is the Chair of Ellevate Network and Ellevate Asset Management.Ellevate Network (formerly 85 Broads) is a professional woman’s network, operating across industries and around the world. Both businesses are committed to the full economic and financial engagement of women.

(Photo: John Newman, Flickr)

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