Joanne Ryder

Joanne Ryder

The Real Road to the C-Suite

Shoma Chatterjee

Shoma Chatterjee

There’s an image many of us have of who makes it to the C-Suite: Think square-jawed, 6’4″ tall, Ivy League educated, followed a linear road to success. No mistakes. Right?

Well, not exactly. According to a study of 18,000 executives who were finalists for C-Suite positions, conducted by GhSMART, a New York-based executive advisory firm: 

  • 45 percent got there after surviving at least one big career blow-up.
  • 33 percent took a giant leap that they didn’t feel ready for. “They went through all the imposter syndrome gremlins that said, ‘You shouldn’t do it.’ But somehow, they did; and that was the pivotal moment for them,” said GhSMART’s Shoma Chatterjee.
  • 66 percent started small—beginning their own business, or taking on a project in another country or region where they could see a business through end-to-end.

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Corner Office Success: How to Accelerate your Career Trajectory | 2018 Session

Some people’s careers take off, while others’ take longer — or even stall out.  Common wisdom says that the former attend elite MBA programs, land high-powered jobs right out of school at prestigious firms, and climb the ladder straight to the top, carefully avoiding risky moves. But the CEO Genome Project overturned these myths and shows a completely different picture.  This 10-year study, in which more than 17,000 C-suite executives were assessed to analyze who gets to the top and how, revealed more counterintuitive choices that set apart successful CEOs. This session will share the four key behaviors of these success stories and the three types of career catapults that anyone can undertake. Join Shoma Chatterjee, one of the principals of this study, and this panel of executives to learn how to:

  • Fast-track your career by deploying the career catapults used by those who get to the top quickly
  • Overcome the hidden handicaps to getting the job we want.
  • Avoid the 5 hazards that most commonly derail those promoted into a new role.

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3 Ways to Help Innovation Thrive in Your Workplace

Ryder, JoanneBy Joanne Ryder, Executive Vice President, Director of Brand & Strategy, Beneficial Bank

The operating environment for nearly every industry has evolved, where the things that worked 20, 10, or even five years ago don’t necessarily yield success anymore. Thanks to the exponential advances in technology and social media, consumers’ habits are changing, and the demands on everyone’s time and attention are higher than ever before. As consumers’ needs change, we have to change along with them to continue to forge meaningful connections with them. Read More


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