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Stephanie Beran( Legg Mason, handout photo / June 2, 2010 )
55, Managing director, Legg Mason; director, enterprise risk management
The simplest description of what Stephanie Beran does for Legg Mason is to figure out what could go wrong and what the company is doing to keep that from happening. That's what a risk manager does. To help her understand more about what the people at Legg do -- and help her assess those risks -- she began working on projects with colleagues inside the company and in the community. So many of the young women used the opportunity to ask her about her own career path that she began the Women's Leadership Network to train and mentor them under the wings of senior female executives. "We wanted to create a safe environment for them to learn to organize events and make contacts and learn to lead," she said, "so if a mistake happens, it happens in an environment where it can be worked out." Beran has worked in business for 32 years, and she wants to share what she has learned. The WLN has been up and running for a year and a half. "This is something I can contribute to my colleagues. I want to send a message early in their careers."
-- Susan Reimer