Straight from the C-suite with Diane Daly

If making it to c-suite level is one of your career objectives, today’s blog entry is right up your alley! We’re getting some success tips straight from the C-suite with CCO Diane Daly.

I’m so excited to introduce you to Diane Daly.  She’s my super cool cousin-in-law, mother of 2 and CCO (chief compliance officer) for Canaccord Genuity Inc., an institutional broker/dealer.

My favorite thing about Diane is her positive outlook and zest for life! She’s also a hardcore yogi and loves a good barre class! Diane really has it all.

I asked if she’d be kind enough to share her secret tips to success with us and here’s what she had to say:

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Hanneke: You’re a mother of two. What would your advice be to working moms or women who are thinking of expanding their family. How do you get it all done: work, life and kids?

Diane: My advice to working moms or working women who are thinking of starting/expanding their family is that you can have it all – just not all at once. It is impossible to give 100% of yourself to home and the office all the time. Don’t set yourself up for failure; you have to give and take from both sides. Accept help; they aren’t kidding when they say it takes an army. One thing that worked for me was getting established at a company before having children. I had the opportunity to begin to climb the corporate ladder as well as prove my work ethic before I had children. Therefore when I came back to work after maternity leave I found it easier negotiating a schedule that worked for both my boss and department, as well as my child care needs.

I don’t always get it all done, and it took me a long time to be okay with that. I have a great sitter for the kids, as well as a supportive husband, so when I can’t be there I know they are well cared for. When I am doing something with the family, I make sure to be present; be in the moment. Mornings are my time. That hour of yoga or other exercise class is my sanity!

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Diane with husband Sean.

My advice to working moms or working women who are thinking of starting/expanding their family is that you can have it all – just not all at once.

H: What’s the best advice you can give ambitious ladies who hope to make the c-suite some day?

D: Set smaller goals along the way, whether they are personal or business related. Don’t try to be someone or something you are not. Be proud of who you are and what you believe in. Networking is also critical to building a professional support base. Finally, be visible. With email and social media, it is easy to turn the workplace into an impersonal environment. Every morning, make an effort to briefly walk around your office and greet people. Pick up the phone or meet with someone in their office when you can instead of sending an email.

Set smaller goals along the way…Pick up the phone or meet with someone in their office when you can instead of sending an email.

H: Did you always know that you wanted to be a career woman?

D: I always knew I wanted to be a career woman. I enjoy the challenges of solving problems, making decisions and leading a team. However, I always knew I wanted family as well. Working allows me to be my best parent to my kids and vice versa. And I believe that I am teaching my daughter how to be a strong, independent woman.

And I believe that I am teaching my daughter how to be a strong, independent woman.

H: How did you figure out what career path you wanted to take?

D: I knew I wanted to work in the business world, but coming out of college I wasn’t focused on one specific industry. I was fortunate that my first job was one that exposed me to many other business units within the company. I always welcomed the opportunity to meet with others and learn about what they were doing and how they got there. I don’t believe there is only one perfect job out there for you. As you figure out what career path you are going to choose, don’t be afraid of change or of starting over.

 

I don’t believe there is only one perfect job out there for you. As you figure out what career path you are going to choose, don’t be afraid of change or of starting over.

Wow – don’t you just love all her great tips? Thank you D!!

Now I’d like to hear from you: are you hoping to make the c-suite one day? Which one of Diane’s tips was most helpful to you? Tell us in the comments below! 

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