Some time ago, The Telegraph Woman asked me to write a feature on the truth about being a woman in banking. They wanted juicy details and scandalous examples of how women are maltreated and victimized in a male-dominated environment. I was rather reluctant to write...read more
When it comes to writing a book there is no such thing as inspiration. To me it is sheer discipline – pure allocation of time and space. It took me quite some time to finalize the structure and character arcs for my novel “Snow Job. The Great Game”. But once it was...read more
Not so long ago, in the Moscow’s financial institutions, it was not that unusual to see a back-office employee sitting right next to an FX or rates trader, filing the intraday tickets on a buy low/sell high basis. He or she would then stamp the papers with the time...read more
It is 7 a.m. I am walking across the open-plan trading floor, with most of my male colleagues are applauding, wolf-whistling and booing me as I pass by. All this, just because that I am wearing the exact same dress I wore yesterday. Ten years later, while writing this...read more
I’ve been made redundant twice within the last ten years. It was a very painful process, followed by a nervous breakdown and a lengthy period of depression. I lost my working visa in the UK, boyfriend, apartment - and all this in one week. The first couple of chapters...read more
How to overcome your fears to launch a new career, start a business or dive into a creative endeavor?
Nothing is more gut-wrenching than knowing you’re meant to do something great in this world, but not being able to move ahead because you’re unsure what to do. Add to that the anxiety that comes from the constant, gnawing sense of time slipping by, and the recurring...read more
I know quite a few people who, on the face of things, have it all - but somehow there is always something missing, preventing them from being 100% happy. It often does not depend on their nationality, job or bank balance. They all have this little voice...read more