College of Business: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Development Office

2019 Business Instructional Facility
515 East Gregory Drive
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: 217.333.6434
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Profiles in Leadership

Rhonda Salins '76, Marketing

1. What has been the biggest challenge that you have faced thus far as a successful woman in the corporate world?

I have found it difficult to pierce that “glass ceiling” in terms of management opportunities at my firm. I was the first woman to complete Smith Barney’s management training program but turned down a management offer to have children and was never able to get back on track.

2. Why is philanthropy important to you?

It may sound like a cliché but I do believe that those of us who have had good fortune are required to give something back. I also feel quite strongly that we get back so much more than we receive when we engage in charitable endeavors.

3. What other organizations are you involved with?

4. Do you have any expert advice for other women who are currently in the process of trying to advance their career in business?

Do not be afraid to pursue a career in any field dominated by men (investment banking, financial advisor, hedge funds). Be aggressive and work hard and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t succeed.

5. List some of your credentials to date.


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