Trick or Treat

November 9, 2014

Like many of you here in the States, my husband and I are still finishing off our Halloween candy. Last week, every time I nibbled on a piece, the words ‘Trick or Treat’ kept popping into my head, along with images of what had transpired in October 2014 as far as tricks or treats were concerned regarding my favorite topics of advancement of women in the workplace, women and cross-generational collaboration and women and risk-taking. I figured my head needed to listen to my stomach in this case, so decided to make this the subject of this post. In the […]

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'If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.'

September 29, 2014

Wise words to think about, from Cook County recorder of deeds, Karen Yarbrough, at Step Up’s ‘View from the Top’ event held September 17th at the Chicago offices of Kirkland and Ellis. Karen was one of four panelists at the event. Step Up ( propels girls from under-resourced communities to fulfill their potential by empowering them to become confident, college-bound, career-focused and ready to join the next generation of professional women.

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Reflections and Gratitude

August 21, 2014

It truly amazes me when I look back at the past year and recognize what I have accomplished when it comes to making a significant contribution towards development and advancement of women in the workplace. In choosing to keep a dedicated focus on strategies leveraging cross-generational collaboration, and women taking more calculated risks in their careers, I look back and am able to see how I am starting to make a mark. It makes me proud – the good kind of proud. This blog post is dedicated to all those people out there who believe in me, continue to believe […]

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“Ready, Set…RISK!” Press Release

July 9, 2014

I am delighted to share that I have signed with J. Boylston & Company Brick Tower Press for my book “Ready, Set…RISK!”, to be published Q2, 2015. Please click on the link below for the full press release. If you ask most people what the greatest reward was in their life, many will say it came from taking their biggest risk. The challenge for most women is that we approach decision-making and risk differently than men do. We have a different propensity and appetite for risk than men – in general we take fewer risks than men do. This […]

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gen-xyb™ High Tea 2014: Six Months Into The Program

July 3, 2014

As we head into the July 4th weekend, I always find it a great time of year to pause, reflect back, and think about what you have done with the first half of the year. 2014 has indeed been an incredibly exciting year for me. There have been a number of milestone events as I grow Daniella Levitt Enterprises, which focuses on development and advancement of women in the workplace through strategies of cross-generational collaboration and risk-taking. Clearly a big focus for me this year has been the launch and running of the gen-xyb™ High Tea program. It’s been a […]

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Recruiting Women to Small Financial Services Firms

June 17, 2014

A few weeks ago I had breakfast with a gentleman who is a friend and prior colleague of mine from our days at Deloitte. We’ll call him Matt, since I don’t feel it is appropriate to share his actual name and company information. After spending many years at Northern Trust, Matt has recently transitioned to an asset management firm, where he has taken on the roles of both Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Operations Officer. Sipping on excellent hot coffee at Lavazza, we got into a really interesting conversation about the challenges they are facing as they try to recruit […]

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The Good Jobs Strategy

May 22, 2014

For more than four decades, Women Employed (WE) has been committed to opening doors, breaking down barriers, and creating fairer workplaces for women. On Wednesday, at their annual major fundraiser – The Working Lunch – they cast the spotlight on how WE’s vision of opportunity and advancement for all women, irrespective of where they started on the economic ladder, is critical for the makeup of a great city. Whether we’re talking about equal pay, minimum wage, or sick leave, these are issues that Chicago is not alone in dealing with, as we strive to create a city where women want […]

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Arianna Huffington on Well-Being, Wisdom and Wonder

April 29, 2014

On Monday I had the opportunity to attend the Chicago Network’s 25th Annual Women in the Forefront Luncheon. The Chicago Network ( fosters meaningful connections among Chicago women business leaders to encourage dialog on important issues concerning the advancement of women in the workplace, the exchange of ideas and information and the recognition and promotion of achievement, and cultivates the next generation of women leaders in Chicago. As they shared at the luncheon, with women not projected to reach economic parity with men until 2084, their work is important work to advance us towards that goal. Their keynote speaker at […]

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Women of Achievement 2014

April 18, 2014

For four years now I have served on the host committee for the Chicago Chapter of the Anti-Defamation League’s Annual Women of Achievement dinner. Every year we recognize women who have had significant career accomplishments and who have also made significant contributions to their communities. This year was no exception. Another outstanding year, another set of amazing women. The dinner was Tuesday April 8th. In a packed ballroom at the Chicago Hilton, we heard and applauded the stories these women shared with us. I want to share with you some of what three of the honorees had to say that […]

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Taking Risks: The Elephant And The Rider

April 6, 2014

At one of my recent sessions in the gen-xyb™ High Tea program I run for corporations that are investing in the development and advancement of women leaders in their workplace, we had an opportunity to hear from some guest panelists about a topic that lies at the heart of the program: getting comfortable with taking more calculated risks professionally. One of the panelists, a long-time partner in one of the big four consulting firms, and someone who has also been a friend to me for many years now and a cheerleader to me as I have taken my risks over […]

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