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Debra Walton
Debra Walton is currently the Chief Content Officer at Thomson Reuters and an executive sponsor of the Thomson Reuters Women’s Network. Follow her on Twitter @Debra_WaltonTR.

Entries by Debra Walton

Determination, Leadership and Fearlessness: The Lesson of Harriet Tubman

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 2:39 PM

In the annals of women who have had a major impact on the world, not many can match the achievements of Harriet Tubman. Born a slave in Maryland in 1822, she was multitasking before the term was invented. She was an abolitionist, a spy for the U.S. Army during the...

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(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 10:58 AM

Should Hillary Clinton become the next president of the United States, her victory would historic. However, we don't need a female president to prove that women are carving out roles at the highest levels of politics and business.

Consider Megan Smith, the United States' Chief Technology Officer, who oversees...

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The Big Data Gold Rush: Will Wall Street Be Left Behind?

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2016 | 10:12 AM

A 21st century gold rush is under way -- but it isn't about precious metal, it's about data.

The amount of information coming from digital sources such as blogs, social media, databases, audio, and video continues to expand. Not surprising, since almost every human being on the planet is...

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Timeless Advice for Generation A-Z

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 3:37 PM

I was recently very privileged - and humbled - to be asked to deliver the commencement address at Baruch College Campus High School. I've spoken at many forums and in many cities around the world, but this one had me pretty nervous. As I spent time working on the remarks...

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Looking Through the Glass Ceiling

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 12:59 PM

I've been involved in women's issues for as long as I can remember. I can't tell you how many panel discussions, forums and conferences related to the topic I've participated in. When I entered the workforce, we referred to the barrier between women and high-level executive positions as a "glass...

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Mentors For a Reason, For a Season And For Life

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 8:00 AM

When I speak at leadership forums, one of the things that strikes me is how many questions there are about mentoring. It's a major topic of conversation. In spite of the many books, blogs and tips on mentoring, many people are concerned about potential missteps and want to know more...

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7 Career Lessons Learned The Hard Way

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 5:09 PM

Today's job market is fiercely competitive. With the advent of new technologies and growing global competition, companies need to be nimble -- and ready to fearlessly embrace change. Everyone from college grads entering the market for the first time to seasoned executives must have a laser-like focus on their careers....

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Tapping the Potential of Boardroom Diversity

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 5:20 PM

Thomson Reuters recently hosted a panel presented by the Women's Bond Club called "Trading on Diversity: New Investment Vehicles Target Women's Leadership for Progress and Profit." The panel, of which I was a member, met to discuss new and emerging diversity on corporate boards, specifically looking at financial vehicles that...

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Four Tips for Agile Thinking (And Sales Success)

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 2:40 PM

At the recent Dreamforce conference in San Francisco, I had the pleasure of appearing on a panel, "Competitive Edge in Today's Sales World," led by sales guru Jill Konrath who is known for her innovative strategies and thinking.

Jill's latest book, Agile Selling, is a must-read for sales...

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Creating and Amplifying Your Personal Brand

(1) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 3:00 PM

Branding is crucial to succeed in today's business world; strong parallels can be drawn between how corporations and individuals create them. The measures by which we judge a company, such as quality, service, reputation, etc., are also relevant on a personal level. In other words, it's no longer just the...

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Women in Sales: Common Challenges and Common Sense Solutions

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 2:49 PM

In my previous installment, I discussed some of the qualities that make a great sales leader. Now I'd like to talk about some of the challenges faced by women in sales. These are concerns I've heard from women not just at Thomson Reuters, but from those I've met at various...

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Women in Sales: Moving Beyond Outdated Thinking on Your Path to Success

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 2:43 PM

Earlier this year I had the pleasure and privilege of speaking at a Woman in Sales dinner. In attendance were about 125 top female sales executives. I heard from the organizers that some of the women invited didn't want to attend, since they felt women should not be singled out...

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Tough Love: The Choices Successful Women Need to Make

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 3:43 PM

In the 20 years or so that I have been championing gender diversity and "glass ceiling" issues, the sad fact is that the rate of progress for the advancement of women is woefully disappointing, particularly in light of the "noise" around the issue -- and certainly given the now well-publicized...

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