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‘How Women Succeed in Business With Really Trying’: Panel of Powerhouse Women at CHS 3/12

The following is from Marietta Zacker:

Columbia High School students will soon perform “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” Tickets are on sale now.

A satire of ambitious businessmen, the 1961 play is dated and unsurprisingly sexist. The Directors, Bethany Pettigrew and Tricia Benn, want to make sure the community knows that although the ‘show must go on,’ we can have honest conversations about it all and ensure that we use the show as a teachable moment for the SOMa community.

Part of that dialogue includes presenting a panel of successful women in conversation with Principal Elizabeth Aaron. This talk back after the matinee on Sunday, March 12 is entitled: “How Women Succeed in Business With Really Trying.” The goal is to discuss how far we’ve come in the workplace and yet, how far we still have to go.

Although tickets for the show can still be purchased, the talk back is free and open to the public and you do not need to attend the show to come to the talk back. The conversation should begin at approximately 5:00 pm.

Students performing are also collecting suits as part of a donation drive for Suits for Success.


Rebecca Blumenstein

Rebecca Blumenstein has been deputy managing editor of The New York Times since February 2017, where she focuses on making sure The Times remains an essential destination for readers interested in business, finance, economics and technology. Previously, she was deputy editor in chief of The Wall Street Journal.

Before that, she was the Page One Editor, appointed in September 2011, and a deputy managing editor and international editor since December 2009. Ms. Blumenstein has also served as managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Online and as the China bureau chief, overseeing China coverage for the Journal.

Ms. Blumenstein co-founded and moderated the Journal’s Women in the Economy Task Force, a select group of business executives and experts who convened a data-driven examination of the competitiveness of women in the workforce.

Ms. Blumenstein holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and social science from the University of Michigan, where she was editor in chief of the Michigan Daily. A native of Essexville, Michigan, Ms. Blumenstein lives in Maplewood, NJ and has three children. Her husband, Alan Paul, is a magazine writer and author of “Big in China,” a book about her family’s adjustment to China and “One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band.”


Tara Favors

Tara Favors is a Managing Director in Human Resources, based in New York City. She currently heads HR Coverage for the Firm’s Corporate units. In her many years with the Firm, she has taken on roles of increasing responsibilities in both the HR business partner and leadership development functions.  She brings to work (and her personal life) a fair minded and practical approach to solving problems.

Tara’s most important roles are wife to Dale, mother to Dalton (14), freshman at Columbia High School and Davis (11), 6th grader at SOMS,  and daughter to Enid (who is the best grandmother ever).  She is a Board Member of the Valerie Fund, which provides resources to children with cancer and blood illnesses and Recording Secretary for the Greater Essex Chapter of Jack and Jill of the Americas, Inc.  She mentors many, formally and informally, and is always willing to lend a helping hand and unbiased ear.  She is also active – having run several half and full marathons and a sprint triathlon.

Tara received her MS in Human Resources from the New School University and BA in Psychology from Syracuse University.


Deirdre Guice Minor

Deirdre Guice Minor is a Managing Director and Client Advisor at UBS Asset Management. She joined the Consultant Relations Team in August 2011, and developed relationships with investment consultants to position Asset Management’s capabilities in a competitive arena where we lacked a foothold.  Deirdre recently joined the business development team and is a key advisor to the firm’s clients, managing and expanding relationships.

In addition, Deirdre contributed to developing Forward, UBS’s sponsorship program for high-performing women.  Her expertise resulted in a program that develops the leadership capabilities of the firm’s sponsees, and trains sponsors to advocate and provide access to opportunities and visibility across the enterprise.  Forward has expanded beyond the Americas and is now operating in Asia Pacific with plans for further expansion.  

Deirdre was honored to be recognized in March 2017 by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the “Most Powerful Women in Business”, Savoy Magazine as one of the 2016 “Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America” and selected as UBS’s 2015 “Working Mother of the Year”, Working Mother Magazine.  Deirdre is also a member of the Council of Urban Professional’s Leadership Board, National Council on Teacher Retirement’s Corporate Advisory Committee, and Apollo Theater EmpowHer Women’s Committee.


Helen Wan

Helen Wan is an author, lawyer, and speaker. Her novel THE PARTNER TRACK (St. Martin’s Press), about a young woman of color competing for partnership at a powerful law firm, was a Book Club pick by REAL SIMPLE Magazine and the National Association of Women Lawyers, and was the subject of a Washington Post Magazine cover story on Asian Americans and glass ceilings. Her book is now taught in colleges and law schools and she frequently speaks at schools, companies, and leadership events on how to achieve more diverse and inclusive environments, especially workplaces.

Helen’s nonfiction work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Daily Beast,, and The Huffington Post. Before becoming an author, she practiced corporate and media law for fifteen years, most recently as Associate General Counsel at Time Inc., then a division of Time Warner.

A graduate of Amherst College and University of Virginia School of Law, she is now at work on a new novel. When not writing, she loves to read, explore new places, and enjoy time with her family in Maplewood, NJ. You can reach her at her author website:, on Facebook, or Twitter @helenwan1.

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