By Nasheeta Sarwar
As part of an effort to bring professionals from industry closer to students at the ISIG Group, LISA hosted Ms. Christiane Macedo, Managing Director and Global Head of Operations for Futures & Options and FX Prime Brokerage at J.P. Morgan, a leading global investment bank. The presentation, held as part of the IS490 classes and in collaboration with the Alumni group, took place at the LSE New Academic Building in which Ms. Macedo talked to students about the current financial landscape
in the context of J.P. Morgan and her role. Herself an LSE graduate, she touched on the factors of success and making the most of one’s career and how the LSE experience influenced her.
Steve Smithson, Professor of Information Systems at the LSE, introduced Ms. Macedo, on a gratifying note for taking the time to speak to the students, and for the LISA committee for organising the event.
Taking the floor, Ms. Macedo discussed the various projects she has worked on in her career and how her roles have evolved with changes in the global economy, be it the Euro introduction, the Y2K preparation or the recent financial crisis. She stressed on the need to be open and flexible and to embrace changes gracefully for a successful career. Macedo mentioned the importance of constantly challenging ourselves to avoid becoming complacent and stuck within our comfort zones. She emphasized that it is crucial to be able to differentiate ourselves and to acquire skills that make us the expert in a particular subject matter, even if it is something as simple as learning to effectively present projects or summarise complex topics, in order to gain a competitive edge in the workplace. Macedo suggested that networking is of paramount importance, and success in a dynamic work environment is shaped by not only by “what you know, but also how you leverage your network”, and initiatives such as Alumni relations do make a difference.
The talk was thought-provoking in its own right and also served as a launch pad for an interesting discussion between the students and Ms. Macedo, with her playing the role of a discussion leader for a variety of topics ranging from email etiquette, dress code and training/career development opportunities all the way to high frequency trading (HFT). With the strong background of skills in technology and business that the ISIG students garner, the talk was engaging at an intellectual and professional level. Macedo stressed that it is becoming increasingly important to take charge of your career, plan ahead and steer it in the direction you aspire to be in. “If no one notices your work, you have to make yourself noticed”.
A strong believer in diversity, Macedo strongly encouraged the female students to “make their mark” and fully embrace the workforce, to make the most of what they are learning at the LSE both inside and outside the classrooms. Women make a bigger contribution today than ever before, and it is only getting stronger.
Ms. Macedo defined the word “talk” with the session being more focused on discussions than a presentation- which was capturing to the extent that students followed her outside the classroom for more. LISA promised the students more of the same, and hopes that Ms. Macedo would like to return to the department for another exciting discussion.