Sallie Krawcheck

Ellevest CEO & Co-Founder

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What’s the Smartest Way to Cut Costs?

The boom and bust cycle, the hire so many people then fire so many people, it just isn't fair. It's just not fair. And yeah, okay fine, you did it. Okay, frickin', get rid of…

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How Do You Manage Your Emails?

I should be way better at emails than I am. I am not an efficient email person. I don't know, I look at them, I close them, I leave them, I come back to them,…

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How Do You Build a Strong Personal Brand?

I think the way you build a strong personal brand is, first of all, you have to be great at what you do, and then you have to actively think about it and articulate it,…

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Did You Ever Give Up on Something and Why?

In my period of transition to an entrepreneur, I looked at several ideas and discarded them. I'm not sure I would call that giving up, but knowing that, okay, this one isn't going to work.…

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What Is Your Corporate Culture?

The culture of Ellevest is collaborative. We are in each other's hair. And one in which everyone is not only encouraged to speak their mind, be a part, but is- We try to actively pull…

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What Advice Would You Give a First-Time Manager?

I tend to tell them it's better for the first few weeks to spend much, much, much more time listening than talking. And to also try, particularly if you're brought into a situation where there…

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How Do You Conduct Performance Reviews?

I am a big fan of continuous feedback. The way I approach it now is constant coaching and constant feedback. I sort of call it the stick and move. "Hey, great presentation in there. "Really…

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What Is Your Must-Ask Job Interview Question?

I actually don't put a lot of store in the interview process. And so I don't have that question, that big reveal, if I ask this one question, I will determine who will be my…

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What Would You Be Doing in Another Life?

I guess I spent my career at the large financial services companies. So maybe I'd be doing that. I had some opportunities to do that when I came out of my last job, but I…

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What’s the Most Surprising Thing About Being a CEO?

Sometimes it's the loneliness of it. Sometimes it's the fact that you sort of think when you're younger that you get to take it easier when you are a CEO. I'm working as hard as…

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What Do You Look for in a Job Candidate?

We look for a track record of excellence. I have come to the point of view over goodness knows how many years of interviewing and hiring that I am not better at interviewing than anyone…

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"Called “The Last Honest Analyst” by Fortune Magazine"

Financial feminist Sallie Krawcheck is the CEO and Co-Founder of Ellevest, a recently launched innovative digital investment platform for women. She is the Chair of Ellevate Network, the global professional woman’s network, and of the Pax Ellevate Global Woman’s Index Fund, which invests in the top-rated companies in the world for advancing women. She is also the best-selling author of “Own It: The Power of Women at Work.”

Before becoming an entrepreneur, she was CEO of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, of Smith Barney and of Sanford Bernstein.

During her career, Sallie has a history of turning around and growing troubled businesses, eliminating Wall Street conflicts of interest, and advocating a true client-centered business model. Fortune Magazine called her “The Last Honest Analyst” during her tenure at Sanford Bernstein, and noted that hers was the most influential voice for research quality and integrity.

Sallie has also been named among the top ten of Fast Company's "100 Most Creative People” in business list, as well as one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Entrepreneurs to Watch. and she has also been referred to as one of the most successful and influential executives in financial services.

Sallie also lends her voice to social media, reaching a network of more 1,700,000 followers on LinkedIn and 46,000 on Twitter.

A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Sallie attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on the Morehead Scholarship and graduated summa cum laude in 1987. In 1992, she received a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University.