by Jena McGregor
Back in 2002, Wall Street veteran Sallie Krawcheck was dubbed one of "the last honest analysts" by Fortune Magazine. At the time, she was heading up independent research shop Sanford Bernstein just as Wall Street analysts' reputations had come under fire, and was about to continue her meteoric rise, becoming the CEO of Smith Barney, CFO of Citigroup and head of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management before getting pushed out in a restructuring in 2011.
Years later, she is still the candid, direct speaker she was then, even if her subject has changed, from which stocks to buy or avoid to what women can do to improve their careers and their investment portfolios. She purchased and renamed a professional women's group called Ellevate Network in 2013, partnered to launch an index fund that bets on women-led firms the following year, and in 2016, launched Ellevest Financial, a digital investing startup aimed at professional women.'