Women who aspire to hold leadership positions can exercise far greater control over career outcomes than they realize. While companies still have a long way to go in fostering diversity at the highest levels of management, the reality is there is never enough time in a boss' day to make you his/her highest priority. That task will always be left to you.
Banking is predicated on a fairly simple premise that has given bankers and Wall Street operators the feeling of an exclusive, old boys club. Information scarcity and access to proprietary bank networks has made the operation of financial services a mysterious, yet defensible 'black box' capability.
The types of financial services that low-income women are able to access have also changed. In 1995, we were still promoting the idea that low-income women entrepreneurs were optimal loan clients. Today, financial institutions are offering savings, microinsurance, digital financial services to rural families, women who work in factories, and women who run larger businesses.