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Wall Street Exchange Session #6: “How to Receive Feedback Effectively”

Wednesday, August 5, 2020   (0 Comments)
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The 6th session was introduced by WSE co-chair and Stifel Nicolaus & Company, Inc. (“Stifel”) employee, Madeline Pacific. Ms. Pacific introduced May Reilly, a recruiter, for Investment Banking who has been working on this session to become a success.  Ms. Reilly introduced the rest of the Stifel panel that included Robin Corey, Petra Kormanik in Human Resources, Gina Hyde, Chief Compliance Officer for the Institutional group, Betsy Kiehn, Managing Director, Fixed Income Capital Markets, Amy Schwartz, Director of Fixed Income Capital Markets and Robin Suskind, Managing Director or KBW Investment Banking (an affiliate of the firm). 

Stifel’s panelists presented their Zoom screens with the official “Stifel” logo which was received positively by the interns during the session. Additionally, Stifel’s logo helped to identify the staff when it came to large groups of WSE participants on a Zoom call.  The session started with the definition of Feedback and how feedback is usually delivered. Then the panelists answered questions about their preference for feedback today.  We learned that feedback could change as a person grows in their career. Managers are also different styles for giving feedback. Each panelists shared their own experiences as well as the likes/dislikes. The breakout session offered the opportunity to the WSE interns regarding how to navigate feedback from others that are not their direct managers. The advice was a sprinkle of many different approaches with communication being key.



Receiving feedback can be tough, but planning and taking an active role is a way to prepare. The second breakout session covered ways to initiate feedback and ask for feedback more regularly.  Stifel panelists discussed how feedback has changed for them throughout their careers.They expressed that there are different ways as well as to learn to adapt to their managers style is important. The WSE interns found this session timely as well as helpful to share in some similar experiences.  In the end, this session will continue to happen and becoming more familiar and comfortable will help to make feedback more fruitful.


We extend our sincere thanks to Stifel Nicolaus Company Inc. panel and their facilitator, May Reilley for a very timely and informative session.  We are ecstatic that Stifel was able to be a sponsor for the WSE in the first year of President's Circle membership. We look forward to a long lasting relationship between FWA WSE program and Stifel.