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Christine Lagarde: Never Imitate the Boys!

2010 NY Summit

In a candid and entertaining conversation between French Minister of Economy Christine Lagarde and Thomas L. Friedman of the New York Times, Lagarde had some very straightforward advice for any woman who might seek to follow in her shoes by entering into the male-dominated world of finance: “Never imitate the boys,” she said. “Don’t assume that you’re going to be better heard because you shout louder, because you use slang, and behave like the boys around the table. Just be yourself. We have plenty of energy, confidence, and technical expertise to fit the bill and to hold the position without having to necessarily comply with the model that has been set by other people.”