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Career PowWow: Navigating Your Career Through Change

  • FTI Consulting 200 Aldersgate Street London, England, EC1A 4HD United Kingdom (map)

FTI Consulting is a global business advisory firm that provides multidisciplinary solutions to complex challenges and opportunities. The US Alumni Club is partnering with their Balance Network, a forum for both men and women to learn and share their experiences of diversity and inclusion in the world of business,  for our next Career PowWow event, with a focus on how to navigate your career through our ever-changing world. 

To register please go HERE.

PLEASE NOTE CORRECT ADDRESS IS : 200 Aldersgate Street, London, EC1A 4HD

  • It used to be easy...your career path was laid out by your employer and so was your professional development. But times are a changing.
  • Some jobs are disappearing (to technology, outsourcing, etc) and industries are evolving (banking, media, etc).
  • The straight-forward path has been replaced by a windy-bendy road which you must navigate on your own.  
  • Add to that the changing roles of men and women in society and the workplace, plus the differing expectations across generations: the change becomes a personal one
  • Women in particular, experience a high degree of change in their personal lives AND professional lives and the challenge is navigating both
  • Join us to discuss  these points and how to navigate through the new unchartered career world with a panel of senior and highly accomplished professionals. 


Raja Palnaippan – Co-founder and CEO of Origin

Joan Wales – Head of Other Business & Corporate within Safety & Operational Risk, BP

Christine Brown Quinn – Career and Empowerment expe

Raja Palnaippan, Co-founder & CEO of Origin:

Raja is the co-founder and CEO of Origin markets, a Fintech company that aims to tackle inefficiencies in the primary corporate bond market. Raja had been a close witness to the inefficiencies of the primary debt markets and to the information asymmetries between issuers on the one hand, investors on the other and the sell-side banks in the middle that matched them up. Founder be him and a former Nomura colleague, Origin was born out of the Barclays accelerator, and wants to use the power of networks and implement online P2P lending for corporates. As a former bond and derivatives trader, Raja worked through the financial crisis at Lehman Brothers, Nomura and latterly Credit Suisse and is an alumnae of MIT University. He is a brilliant public speaker and the epitome of a professional has adapted and changed his career alongside with the changing financial landscape.

The company has gained a lot of positive attention recently, so for more information please see:

Joan Wales, Head of Other Business & Corporate within Safety & Operational Risk, BP:

During an exciting and rewarding career in BP Joan has risen to become one of the top 150 executives. Joan’s career has ranged from specialist oil and derivatives trading, to general management of the US Crude Pipeline Business, to leadership of BP Environmental Remedial function responsible for a key element of the environmental sustainability strategy. Her current role involves assuring the handling of operational risks within BP Shipping, Alternative Energy, Oil Trading and Environmental Remediation, she has help this position since April 2011.

Joan is an active supporter of women in the workplace, and has taken part in a number of high profile events, such as the AT Kerney International Women’s Day panel,  and the Advanced Boardroom Excellence Panel of Influential Women.

Christine Brown, Career and Empowerment Expert:

Following nearly 30+ years in business, Christine Brown-Quinn, embarked on a new career in 2010 as The Female Capitalist® to share with professional women globally, practical, hands-on business strategies for career progression and work-life balance.  As a former Managing Director in International Finance, Christine is well versed in what it takes to forge a thriving career in highly pressurised, alpha environments.Through her webinars and in-person workshops, Christine unveils what really matters in getting ahead in the corporate world. Christine has an undergraduate degree in foreign languages from Georgetown University and an MBA in international business from The George Washington University School of Business, where she currently serves on the Dean's Board of Advisors.

Ralph Steward: International Reward and HR Specialist

A Senior International reward and HR specialist with significant success across a broad range of business sectors and activities including process engineering, manufacturing, facilities management, mechanical & electrical engineering, research, as well as commercial & residential development/construction, data management and software. Experienced at successfully delivering business focussed solutions and management of major business projects, organisational change, restructuring and M&A programmes. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personal and Development with a Degree in Mining Engineering and MSc in Strategic HCM and Reward Currently Head of Reward for the UK&I and EMEA regions of Experian, a FTSE 50 global credit, data, software, fraud/IDand marketing company with revenues of circa $5B and circa 17000 employees worldwide. Other roles have included Head of Human Resources, HR System Implementation Project Manager, Employee Relations Manager, Graduate Recruiter and Recruitment consultant.