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Trailblazing women who inspire us: Barbara Byrne

05 March, 2021

Kristan Chesnut
Deals Partner, PwC US
Ellen Mader
Senior Manager, PwC US

In honor of International Women's Day, we’re celebrating trailblazing women who have challenged the status quo and continue to drive change. As a part of our ongoing Women in Deals series, we’re excited to share our interview with trailblazer Barbara Byrne, the first female Vice Chairman of Investment Banking at both Barclays PLC and Lehman Brothers. Barbara shares her career journey from advising the board to sitting in the boardroom, and she speaks about the importance of building both your internal and external networks, managing in the moment, building diverse teams and leading with laughter. 

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In this interview, we cover the following:

0:41 - The journey from advising boards to board member

8:12 - Networking and being ok with conflict

12:44 - The importance both internal and external networks

16:53 - Using spike leadership to manage in the moment

19:00 - Building diverse team through laughter

25:54 - Learning at all ages