Helping other professional women learn how to network and connect is a personal mission of Marie E. Dzanis, the senior vice president, head of funds and intermediary distribution at Northern Trust Asset Management.

"I really believe that because women in my generation grew up differently, some of them don't know how to effectively compete with each other," Dzanis says. "Others don't know how to connect intimately and sometimes life circumstances dictate that they have caregiving responsibilities. I think we need to support each other and promote opportunities for women leadership."

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