There are few women in financial services as well known, both inside and outside the industry, as Sallie Krawcheck. Her reputation for honesty and integrity—and her very public job losses—has made her a media personality and de facto expert on the challenges of women in senior management.

After receiving a journalism degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Krawcheck started her career as a junior analyst at Salomon Brothers just two months before the stock market crash of 1987. She joined research firm Sanford C. Bernstein in 1994 as an analyst, and by 2001, she had risen to CEO. A year later, Fortune magazine put Krawcheck on its cover, calling her Wall Street's "last honest analyst."

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