The Egg Came First: How Grace Hyslop Cracked An Old Boys Club

Pioneering women in the world of American finance are most often known for their work on Wall Street. In the 19th century, Victoria Woodhull opened the first woman-owned Wall Street brokerage firm; about a century later, in the 1960s, Isabel Benham became the first female partner at a Wall Street bond house while Muriel Siebert became the first woman to buy a seat on the New York Stock Exchange.

But a few years before Benham and Siebert made their ceiling-shattering moves, another woman broke into an old boys’ club of finance — not in New York, but in Chicago. In January 1961, Grace E. Hyslop became the first female member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

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When Paper Paralyzed Wall Street: Remembering the 1960s Paperwork Crisis

In the late 1960s, an unusual crisis struck Wall Street. The foe? Paper.

Daily trading volume on the New York Stock Exchange was soaring to new heights, with the average number of shares changing hands more than doubling in just three years. But in this era before automated systems and processing, the Street soon became overwhelmed.

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Q&A: Cheryl Y. Biron, CEO, One Horn Transportation

Cheryl Y. Biron helps frozen food, building materials and consumer goods make their way across the country every day, and she does it without leaving her home office. Biron runs One Horn Transportation, a transportation brokerage firm that acts as middle person — Biron pointedly does not say “middleman” — between companies looking to ship goods and the truckers who deliver the merchandise.

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Q&A: Brett Diamond, CEO of Hudson Fiber Network

Brett Diamond says he was in the right place at the right time. The Long Island native and his business partner, Keith Muller, decided to start a telecommunications business in New Jersey just as high-frequency trading — lightning fast, computerized trading dependent on high-speed data lines — was taking off in the Garden State. Now the company boasts an international network, with an infrastructure consisting of its own fiber-optic cables in New Jersey and lines leased from carriers around the world.

But the success of the Paramus-based Hudson Fiber Network can be traced back to more than luck.

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An Army Staff Sergeant Turned Businessman

Kyle Evans planned on a long career in the military, until a few sticks of dynamite put an end to that dream. The explosives, Evans remembered, “blew up directly under my feet” as he traveled by Humvee through Mosul, Iraq, in 2007.

The Army staff sergeant survived but sustained a traumatic brain injury that put an abrupt end to his deployment. He left Iraq and in 2010 retired from the military. Evans, a Virginia native, returned to civilian life with a purple heart medal—and grim career prospects. He took a low-paying job in Orlando working for the Department of Veterans Affairs, but he knew he wanted more. It was time for a new dream, one that meant going to college.

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Who’s Going Back to School?

Tara Berberich readily admits that she doesn’t handle technology as well as many of her college classmates. She gratefully accepts their help for assignments that, say, involve a PowerPoint presentation. But Berberich brings her own strengths to the table, too.

“With age comes wisdom, so I know a lot of things they didn’t know from way back,” she said. “I could draw on my experience from stories that I knew from before they were born.”

Berberich, 53, is part of a growing population—college students who are older, in some cases significantly older, than the 18-to-24-year-old cohort typically associated with campus life.

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Résumé Tips for Stay-at-Home Parents Returning to Work

For parents, especially mothers, it’s not uncommon to drop out of the labor force while caring for young children, only to return once the kids are older. Data released by the U.S. Department of Labor in 2014 shows that mothers with older children (age 6 and up) are more likely to be in the workforce than those with infants and preschoolers.

But securing a new job after a prolonged period at home can be challenging, especially if you haven’t updated your résumé in years. Fortunately, there are options for stay-at-home parents seeking to impress employers with skills honed both at old jobs and, more recently, outside the workplace.

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