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Donna Heidkamp – Strive for Self Improvement MarketsWiki Education,MWEd,Video,video

“Having the chance to be on the front lines working with the markets is an invaluable experience no matter what you do in the industry, no matter where you end up or what path you take.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Donna Heidkamp, executive director at RJO Futures, talks about her first internship with the CME and how it shaped her future. Heidkamp says high volatility is what the industry needs to keep things moving in a positive direction. When volatility is low, people get antsy and start making emotional decisions.     

My Journey Through the Financial Industry – Amy Shelly Feature,MarketsWiki Education,MWEd,Video,video

“Go find your friends. That’s the start of your networking skills. Learn how to go up and talk to people. Have a conversation, be interested in what they’re saying and tell them what you’re looking for and what interests you.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Amy Shelly, CFO at the OCC, talks about her winding path through the industry. Shelly spent the early part of her career in banking, spending seven years with Goldman Sachs and three with JP Morgan. Shelly moved on to work for Hull Investments as an accountant where she…

It’s All About the Reach – Julie Armstrong Menacho Feature,MarketsWiki Education,MWEd,Video,video

“You don’t have to [meet] every credential and be an ‘A’ on all of it to get to that next role. You just have to believe you can do it, and you need to make others believe you can do it.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Julie Armstrong Menacho, global head of market technology services at CME Group, talks about her winding path from the University of Kentucky to the CME and the lessons she learned along the way. Menacho started with an internship at oil giant Valvoline, went on to work for…

Considerations in Decision-making – Gary Barnett Feature,MarketsWiki Education,MWEd,Video,video

“The regulator has to be an enabler. But their mission is to protect investors and help preserve the quality of the market. There’s a mission there that has to be preserved in the face of change.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in New York, Gary Barnett, deputy director, division of trading and markets with the Securities and Exchange Commission, explains the importance of decision-making. Barnett studied philosophy in college and was great with numbers and understood cash flow, but avoided public speaking. He quickly realized it was a fear he needed to conquer. The ability…

How I Discovered My WILD Side – Leslie Sutphen Feature,MarketsWiki Education,MWEd,Mwiki,Video,video

“I didn’t like the floor very much… It was the [CBOE], which wasn’t quite as rough and tumble as the futures floor, but I still felt kind of like this isn’t really a place for a nice girl like me.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Leslie Sutphen, co-founder of Women in Listed Derivatives (WILD), talks about starting her career when there were very few women working in the futures and options industry. After looking around room after room during her career with the same gender disparity, Sutphen decided to create WILD. WILD’s mission…

Global Trading Markets, Disruptive Tech and Entrepreneurship – Julie Lerner Feature,MarketsWiki Education,MWEd,Mwiki,Video,video

“You can’t be an entrepreneur until you get that big idea. And that idea needs to be so big it feels like a curse as much as a blessing in the sense that you know you have to go do it.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, Julie Lerner, CEO of PanXchange, discusses the convergence of global markets and being a successful entrepreneur. Lerner maintains that not only do you need passion, you need a specific niche. She realized she found hers when she learned how to embed options into cash contracts while working…

Building a Foundation – JB Mackenzie Feature,MarketsWiki Education,MWEd,Video,video

“Ask yourself if you’d be interested in an operations or compliance job. Because that gives you a foundation to help you excel.” In this video from MarketsWiki Education’s World of Opportunity event in Chicago, JB Mackenzie, director of futures and forex at TD Ameritrade, talks about the importance of understanding every detail about the technology influencing your industry of choice and how it can be a useful springboard for a successful career.   Mackenzie went to college in hopes of becoming a doctor, but after taking organic chemistry, he realized it wasn’t for him. He went into consulting in New…

Philip Stafford, Financial Times – “The Most Valuable Commodity I Know of is Information” Feature,MarketsWiki Education,MWEd,Video,video

“A market without information doesn’t trade, doesn’t move anywhere. It’s illiquid. Nothing happens and everybody goes away — [that’s] the last thing anyone wants.  So information ends up being the most critical thing of all.” Philip Stafford of the Financial Times is both an insider and an outsider in the financial world. He does not make markets, code risk management software or hawk new share offerings to prospective clients. On the other hand, he speaks with people from all corners of the the financial universe, from exchange executives to government policymakers, and does trade in that one commodity that Gordon…

JJ Kinahan, TD Ameritrade – Seeing Opportunity Everywhere in the Market Feature,Mwiki,Video

“I don’t care what job you have, I don’t care where you are at, you basically hate 25 percent of what you do. Twenty-five percent of your job you’d probably do for free. It’s fun, it’s great, it’s why you get up in the morning. So, now you have a challenge — the 50 percent in the middle.  The 50 percent in the middle, your opportunity is to say, ‘You know what? I’m going to make this fun somehow.’” Since starting at CBOE as a trader when he was 21, JJ Kinahan has made his career fun.  And if people…