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Maureen Downs, Rosenthal Collins Group – Brutally Honest: The Role of the Mentor Feature,MarketsWiki Education,MWEd,Mwiki,video

“Everyone wants to be on their team. They understand human nature, they bring people together, they know how to resolve conflict. That makes a great mentor.” Maureen Downs never had a mentor, but she knows what it takes to be a good one. A mentor is not supposed to be your personal cheerleader, or a mommy figure, or a career navigator, and certainly not a fairy godmother who can wave a wand and make your career awesome. A mentor is a leader, one with energy, fresh ideas, a get-it-done attitude, and an ability to resolve conflict. Downs offers a direct,…

Drew Shields, Trading Technologies – Next-Generation Product Development Feature,MarketsWiki Education,MWEd,Mwiki,video

“There will always be someone as smart or smarter than you and you have no control over that. The only thing you have control over is whether you have more drive, more passion than others.” As chief technology officer at Trading Technologies, Drew Shields has been instrumental in the implementation of the software vendor’s new top-to-bottom makeover. The new architecture required lots of technical talent, to be sure, but it also required two additional attributes – hunger, and the ability to challenge the status quo. In college Shields majored in theology, and he started in the business world with few…

Garry Jones, CEO, London Metal Exchange: Managing an Exchange in Uncertain Times Video

“It doesn’t matter where you start, it matters where you finish. Don’t just do the job for the money. Do your research, work hard…and it might work out.” Garry Jones, CEO of the London Metal Exchange, says that our lives and the career path we go down shouldn’t be seen like a checklist – expecting to work at Company X by the time one is a certain age or saying that “By age Y, I will be married and have children” is unrealistic. Jones himself graduated with a degree in Geology and Geophysics; it would be later in his career…

Katie Burgoon, Trading Technologies – Gone But Not Forgotten: How The Floor Trader Mentality Can Prepare Everyone For Success Video

“You would never have met a floor trader who did not live and breathe the markets every day. They literally could not wait for the alarm clock to go off every morning.” Though the open outcry system of order execution has been relegated to the history books, the trading floor mentality lives on in the hearts and minds of the thousands of former floor participants. And any one of them would say that the things that defined a floor trader – passion, a strong voice and even a confident swagger – can prepare anyone for a successful career. Katie Burgoon,…

Kapil Rathi, BATS – Start Your Career with Confidence Video

“What are your opportunities?  You’re starting with a clean slate.  You haven’t done anything wrong to anyone — yet. Nobody hates you day one. I call it the honeymoon period.” If you’re starting a new job, have your house in order, literally.  Kapil Rathi, vice president of options business strategy with BATS, focused his talk on the all-important moments at the very beginning of a new job or career.  While confidence is key in nearly all endeavors, there are some simple steps that, if executed properly, put people in a position to succeed before even completing day one.  When it…

Scott Gordon, Rosenthal Collins Group – Seven (Slightly Unconventional) Career Tips From a Former Summer Intern Video

“Trying is the key.  I’ve had some successes in my life and I’ve had a bunch of failures — some spectacular failures… But whichever you have, if it’s a success or a failure, they’re momentary.  You can take a victory lap if you have a success or you can take a misery lap if you have a failure.  But in either case it’s fleeting, it’s gone and you better get on with your life.”   Scott Gordon, CEO of Rosenthal Collins Group, has career advice that applies whether you are shoveling snow or breeding horses: start by taking a holistic…

Simon Puleston Jones, CEO of FIA Europe – In Pursuit of Happiness Video

“Try to find someone who does things right that you really aspire to be over the course of your career.” Simon Puleston Jones, CEO of FIA Europe, gives advice for balancing personal life with career life.  Puleston Jones begins his presentation with an acronym for “DREAM”, discussing how happiness and achieving your goals is related to Diligence and drive, Relationships and recruitment, Education and ethics, Adjustments and appreciation, and Mistakes and mentors. He stresses that your career should be something you truly enjoying waking up for and how some perks such as fancy cars and large boats can be outweighed…

Charlotte Crosswell, CEO, Nasdaq NLX – Startups Aren’t Just Found in Garages Video

“When people are sitting there talking about you and criticizing you or doing something against you, that means they’re taking notice.” Charlotte Crosswell, CEO of Nasdaq NLX, talks about her introduction into the financial industry and how she found herself in her current role. Beginning with a temporary position at Goldman Sachs, Crosswell assisted a salesperson who needed someone who understood French. She later moved on to the London Stock Exchange and has been in the exchange world ever since. Because of her own experiences, Crosswell emphasizes the importance of work experience versus just having a degree. Crosswell also discusses…

Pat Kenny, vice president of client relations, CQG – Transition from the floor to electronic trading, where are the opportunities? Video

“Build those relationships because those relationships last forever.” Dubbed “The Most Interesting Man in the World,” Pat Kenny, vice president of client relations at CQG, discusses his transition as a trader to his current role. After working as a water skiing instructor and bartender, Kenny found himself with an opportunity to become a runner on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade. From there, Kenny took a position as a phone clerk and took customer orders. Eventually, he found his true passion of being involved with the sales side of the business. His experiences, combined with the network of…