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Monday, October 15, 2012

Initiative for Women in Business at Rotman Leadership Experts Speaker Series: Karen Ho Speaks at Rotman Oct. 18

As announced in last week's Newsletter, Anthropologist Karen Ho will be
discussing her book "Liquidated: ethnography of wall street" Oct. 18 as part
of the Initiative for Women in Business at Rotman Leadership Experts Speaker
Series. Please see below, an invitation and further details on this event.

Invitation: Prof. Karen Ho discusses her book, Liquidated: ethnography of
wall street, Thurs Oct 18
5:00 sharp to 6:00pm presentation and Q&A; 6:00 to 7:00pm networking and
cocktail reception Thursday October 18, 2012 – CIBC Room (3rd floor, north
wing) Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, 105 St. George
Street, Toronto (ON)
You and your guests are invited to register for this next session in our
ongoing Initiative for Women in Business @ Rotman Leadership Experts
Speaker Series.
Registration check-in will open at 4:30pm. At 5:00pm sharp we will
introduce our guest speaker, Karen Ho, Associate Professor of
Anthropology, University of Minnesota. For about 40 minutes, Professor Ho
will lead a discussion titled "Liquidated: An Ethnography of Wall Street,"
based on her book.
SYNOPSIS: A former Wall Street Analyst herself, Prof. Ho delves into the
everyday experiences and ideologies of Wall Street investment bankers. Her
ethnographic analysis of those workplaces is filled with the voices of
stressed first-year associates, overworked and alienated analysts,
undergraduates eager to be hired, and seasoned managing directors.
Investment bankers are socialized into a world of "high risk and high
reward". They are paid handsomely, with the understanding that they may be
let go at any time. Their workplace culture and networks of privilege
create the perception that job insecurity builds character, and employee
liquidity results in smart, efficient business. Based on this culture of
liquidity and compensation practices tied to profligate deal-making, Wall
Street investment bankers reshape corporate America in their own image.
Their mission is the creation of shareholder value, but Prof. Ho
demonstrates that their practices and assumptions often produce crises
instead. By connecting the values and actions of investment bankers to the
construction of markets and the restructuring of U.S. corporations,
Liquidated reveals the particular culture of Wall Street often obscured by
triumphalist readings of capitalist globalization.
If time permits, audience Q&A will follow. The session will adjourn no
later than 6:00pm. Networking and cocktail reception will follow until
TO ATTEND: The registration fee is $49 plus HST person; $39.00 plus HST
per person for Rotman or UToronto alumni (fees include a seat at the
session and 1 copy of Liquidated)
Pre-registration is mandatory please sign up here or visit Space is limited so if you have not already
registered, please do so online by noon on Oct 18.
Inviting Clients, Colleagues or Friends: If you know others who would be
interested in receiving this invitation, please forward it to them.
Alternatively you can email us their contact details
( and we will invite them.
'Dress code' is business casual.
We hope to see you on October 18.

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