Wall Street Women 2012: Entrepreneur Profiles
Traders Magazine Online News, November 21, 2012
Today, we spolight the winners of our Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Entrepreneur of the Year is given to women who have pursued, and succeeded on, an entrepreneurial path in the financial markets.
Traders Magazine proudly salutes Dana Dakin, Founder, Dakin Partners LLC and Holly A. Stark, Managing Member, Efficient Frontiers LLC
Firm: Dakin Partners LLC
Years in the Business: 48 years
Previous Firms: Callan Associates
Status: Founder, Director
Don't tell Dana Dakin she can't do something. Because then the highly competitive entrepreneur will do it.
One challenger inadvertently helped her break the glass ceiling. Dakin was working in the 1970s as the first woman executive at Callan Associates. She was calculating time-weighted returns and managed staff. But she was told by a well-meaning boss to forget about becoming a consultant.
She said he told her: "Men would never listen to women's investment advice, so I would never be able to move into the consulting side of the business."
Dakin would ultimately start her own consulting firm. She credits her former boss - who she says is "a great guy, but old-school," with jump-starting her career.
"You betcha. He did me a big favor," Dakin said.
In 1976, she founded Dakin Partners, a marketing consulting practice geared to institutional investment management and trading firms. It began as a creative agency, focusing on packaging firms competing within the institutional arena. Today it is creating designs for big institutional brokerages on the buyside and sellside.
Dakin's efforts over the last nine years have led to other ventures. She is the founder of WomensTrust. It provides micro-lending programs to women in the town of Pokuase in Ghana. Dakin's WomensTrust responsibilities have included managing the nonprofit as a sustainable business, public relations and fundraising. "The WomensTrust model has been replicated by others," she noted.
What would she say to those who want to her follow her but run into naysayers?
"If you are blocked, go through a process where you use this barrier to get to know yourself better. Figure out your competitive advantages and line them up with your experience, and line it up with something you're passionate about. And don't let them stop you."
TM Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Firm: Efficient Frontiers
Years in Industry: 34
Previous Firms: Kern Capital; Dalton, Greiner, Hartman, Maher & Co.; Dillon Read Capital Corp; Oppenheimer Capital Corp.
Status: Director, Managing Director
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