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Ms. Anne Erni R.

Chief People Officer

Center for Talent Innovation

HQ Phone: (212) 315-2333

Center for Talent Innovation

Center For Talent Innovation 1841 Broadway, Suite 300

New York, New York 10023

United States

Company Description

The mission of the Center for Talent Innovation is two-fold: to drive ground-breaking research that leverages talent across the divides of gender, generation, geography and culture; and to create a community of senior executives united by an understanding ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Head of Human Resources
Bloomberg L.P.


Vice Chairman
Audible Inc

Advisory Boards
Johns Hopkins University

Advisory Board
Just One Break

Active Member
Brain Drain Taskforce

Chief Diversity Officer and Managing Director
Lehman Brothers Inc.

Women's Initiatives Leading Lehman



The Johns Hopkins University

international relations
Johns Hopkins

international relations
Johns Hopkins

international relations and economics
The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies

graduate degree

School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University , Washington

undergraduate degree

The Johns Hopkins University

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Voice of Experience: Anne Erni, Head of Leadership, Learning and Diversity, Bloomberg LP
"As my career on the trading floor progressed, I began noticing women disappearing all around me," said Anne Erni, head of diversity at Bloomberg. Before moving to Bloomberg, Erni was one of the founders of WILL, Lehman Brothers' women's network. After founding WILL, she said, "I really began to understand the importance of sisterhood in the workplace."
Erni, who described her career as "non-linear," began her career on the trading floor, eventually becoming SVP, Prime Brokerage at Lehman, before taking on the Chief Diversity Officer role there.
"I want to drive people to contribute their very best, so they can make the most of their careers," she explained. "I am passionate about people feeling passionate about coming to work."
Building a Career on Wall Street
After graduating from Johns Hopkins with a B.A. and M.A. international relations, Erni began her 21-year Wall Street career. "For the first 15 years, I was on the front line," she said, "and for the last six years, I've been on the corporate side."
Erni says the P&L and client-facing responsibilities she managed during the first part of her career provided invaluable experience in the corporate and HR space. "It helped me so much," she said.
Erni started out in corporate finance in investment banking, working at Swiss Bank Corporation for five years, then decided to go into trading. She said she wanted to work with trading on a daily basis, rather than working on long-term deals. "I took the least sexy roles on the trading floor," she joked, explaining that focusing on low profile positions enabled her to rise to the top. "I got to be a big fish in a smaller pond."
Erni moved from repo, to money markets, to structured notes, to derivatives, preferring roles in the least understood fields at the time, and then went into equity finance. "These roles provided the most interesting and creative business building opportunities," she explained.
Erni continued, "That was the last Friday in August 2001.
But after working to form WILL, Erni recognized the importance of building relationships with her fellow female coworkers.
When I came to Bloomberg, I got this really amazing opportunity to look at the broad talent platform," said Erni. "I am the head of leadership, learning and diversity - all the elements of helping people be the best they can be, optimizing the workforce."
"I'm really excited to be here," she added.
Down the road, Erni says, she sees herself running a business or entering the non-profit world. She explained, "Have you heard 'learn - earn - return?' In 10 years, I'll be 56. And I think by the time I'm 56, I'm hoping I'm on the return phase - but on a global level."
Also in 10 years, she continued, "I hope both of my kids come back from college and live near me. At the end of the day, I do everything possible to be present with my children."
The Importance of Flex Work for Keeping Women in the Workplace
Erni is a strong supporter of flexible working - and finding ways to keep women in their jobs while dealing with family responsibilities, having personal experience as well.
Erni said she worked with the Center for Work Life Policy to perform national research on the "opt-out" issue. She said, "60% of women were leaving the workforce at some point in their lives.
"There is a change in the demographics of people coming to work," Erni explained. While the workforce decades ago was fairly homogeneous, today's workforce is much more diverse - and companies need to recognize that, she said.
"It may sound trite, but I wish I had known how important networking was when I was first starting out," Erni said. "I would have spent less time working really hard and more time working really smart."
"I could have accelerated my career at a much earlier age," she added.
She continued, "I also wish I had known to ask for things.
Erni emphasized that companies will work with valuable staff to keep them on board - but women need to let supervisors know when they need help.
She pointed to the importance of finding a mentor - "someone you can trust, connect with, who you have chemistry with, who you can go to with real issues and get great guidance."
Erni also said that a network is invaluable - and to make sure that network includes a broad range of individuals. "You should know someone in legal, risk, sales, etc., who you can go to for help - not just in your day-to-day, but also for opportunities."
She continued, "Never isolate yourself within your organization. Whether it is at non-profits or your kids' sports, or organizations connected to the functions of your job, meet people with similar passions. They're your life-blood if plan B needs to happen. After Lehman, my external network was my plan B."
In her spare time, Erni, who has two children, 12 and 19, says she enjoys doing family sports - "things I can do with both of my kids, like stand-up paddle boarding, biking, tennis skiing - anything all of us can do. She also enjoys cooking and entertaining. Erni is involved with non-profits, including Prep for Prep, an organization that identifies underprivileged New York City students and works to get them into preps schools and hopefully college. She said, "It's my passion. I've been doing it for six years. She is also on the board of the Center for Work Life Policy.

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