Topic: Whitney Johnson

Girl Down: Why Networking With Only Women Can Hurt Your Career

Girl Down: Why Networking With Only Women Can Hurt Your Career

Whitney Johnson, co-founder of the hedge fund Rose Park Advisors and a regular contributor for the Harvard Business Review blogs, recently wrote a post where she posed the question, “Are you stuck in a girls’ club?” She was talking about the fact that though women’s networking groups are great and do provide that wonderful sense of girl power, in many fields, just networking with other women is a major disadvantage. More »

Executive Suite: Hedge Fund Founder Whitney Johnson On Failing To Step Up And Wall Street ‘Suits’

Executive Suite: Hedge Fund Founder Whitney Johnson On Failing To Step Up And Wall Street 'Suits'

Whitney Johnson is quite a woman. She never imagined working on Wall Street as a kid growing up in San Jose, California but she ended up in New York with her husband when he went to Columbia to get his PhD. Though she confessed in her TED Talk that she was terrified to even go out in New York without her husband she knew she needed to get a job. But she figured she was at a disadvantage as she had a degree in music, didn’t attend an Ivy League school, had no connections on Wall Street, was a woman and had no confidence according to her. But she could type super fast and so she got a job as a sales assistant or as she says, a “fancy name for secretary.” In her TED Talk she describes how her office or bullpen was straight out of the Tom Wolfe novel Bonfire of the Vanities. “It was essentially a locker room for 20-something guys aspiring to be masters of the universe if only they could open one more account,” she said. More »

Are You Qualified Enough To Be A Mentor?

Are You Qualified Enough To Be A Mentor?

We have discussed the importance of mentors many times on this site and studies have shown that women benefit tremendously when they have a mentor involved in their professional life. The vast majority of professional women rely on mentors in their careers. A brand-new LinkedIn survey of 1,000 women found that 81% of them had had a mentor. But how do you know you are actually qualified to be a mentor? More »