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Derek Loosvelt

Derek Loosvelt is Vault's senior finance editor. Derek has a BS in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in creative writing from the New School. His writing has appeared in several online and print publications. Previously, he worked in investment banking as an M&A analyst and associate.

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Dimon, Blankfein, or Gorman: Which CEO Sounds Most Like a CEO?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  April 25, 2013

Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal cited a new study showing that the way you talk-your pitch, tone, and vocal tics-strongly influences how others see you. For example, if you have a quiet voice, you're seen as weak; if your tone is high-pitched, immature; and if you ... um, like, uh ... stumble over words, not so smart. In fact, the study shows that your "voice matters twice as much as the content of the message," and that "a strong, smooth voice can enhance your chances of rising... Read More >

PwC Ranks No. 1 in Latest Vault Accounting 50

by Derek Loosvelt  |  April 15, 2013

From December 2012 through February 2013, more than 7,900 accounting professionals took the Vault Accounting Survey, the results of which are used to compile our annual accounting rankings. And this year, New York-based PricewaterhouseCoopers was the big winner, as it ranked No. 1 in the top two categories: the Vault Accounting 50 (a ranking of the firms deemed the "best to work for") and Prestige (the most prestigious firms to work for). This year marked the first time that PwC took the... Read More >

At Big 4, Men More Satisfied Than Women

by Derek Loosvelt  |  April 11, 2013

This coming Monday, on Tax Day-which is either your least favorite day of the year or your favorite, depending upon how many deductions you take, how many dependents you have, and which tax bracket you fall into-Vault will be releasing its annual ranking of the top accounting firms in North America. We'll be unveiling which firms topped the latest Vault Accounting 50 (a ranking of the "best accounting employers to work for"), which firms topped the Vault Prestige Rankings ("the most... Read More >

When Parents Lean In at Work, Do Kids Suffer at Home?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  April 03, 2013

In article after article in the aftermath of Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer ending working-from-home options, and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg publishing Lean In, about the only related subject I haven't read much if anything about is children. That is, I've came across little about children whose parents' work/life balance tips more toward work than life. In fact, there's such a void on the subject that I decided to hit the street, which is to say playground, where I came across two kids whose... Read More >

Why Google’s a Great Place to Work and Your Company Isn’t

by Derek Loosvelt  |  March 26, 2013

Quick, without spending more than two seconds to think about it, answer this yes-or-no question: Do you love your job? If you answered no, then you're in the majority (a recent study showed that more than half of U.S. workers hate their jobs). In addition, if you answered no, there's a good chance the following statements are true: 1) your employer couldn't care less about your happiness, 2) you feel no loyalty to your employer, and 3) your employer is likely not very innovative, nor is it... Read More >

A Day in the Life of the Pope

by Derek Loosvelt  |  March 20, 2013

Do you know what it takes (and how much Leaning In is necessary) to rise to the C-suite of the Catholic Church? Or why the Church always elects popes with more than six decades of experience? Or what the heck the Pope actually does all day? Although I don't know the answer to the first two questions, I do know the answer to the third. And so below is a summary of a day in the life of the Pope (which, while perhaps not as busy as a day in the life of a certain CEO of a certain Wall Street... Read More >

Can Sheryl Sandberg Break Up the Old Boys' Club?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  March 12, 2013

When Hillary Clinton stepped down as the U.S. Secretary of State earlier this year, it only increased speculation that she would run for president in 2016. It seemed probable, even likely, that the reason Clinton, who is now 65, relinquished her post was to test the waters for another attempt at the presidency and/or rest up for a race that will unofficially begin in less than two years. Clinton, as you may recall, back in 2008, was barely edged out by Barack Obama for the Democratic... Read More >

Q&A With Deloitte's Chief Inclusion Officer

by Derek Loosvelt  |  March 05, 2013

Last year, Deb DeHaas, an 11-year veteran of Deloitte, was named the firm's chief inclusion officer. Since then, DeHaas has been overseeing Deloitte's expansion of its inclusion programming framework; in addition to a deep focus on gender and race/ethnicity, Deloitte is now also investing significant time and resources on inclusion areas such as sexual orientation, military veterans, disabilities, cross-culture, generations, well-being, and flexibility. Recently, DeHaas took time out of her... Read More >

Interview Tips From the 2013 Oscar Speeches

by Derek Loosvelt  |  February 26, 2013

Four score and forty-eight months ago, in the Blossom Room of Hollywood's Roosevelt Hotel, the first Oscar statues were handed out for outstanding achievements in the motion picture industry. What also occurred that night eighty-four years ago, and what would occur approximately twenty-six fortnights later (the following year), and every year since, is each recipient of an award handed out by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences would stand and deliver an acceptance speech, also... Read More >

Is ‘Capital’ the Financial Crisis Novel We’ve Been Waiting For?

by Derek Loosvelt  |  February 20, 2013

In the current issue of The New York Review of Books, Michael Lewis writes that John Lanchester's Capital (published last year and out this May in paperback) is indeed the financial crisis novel we've been waiting for-even though it isn't about the financial crisis at all. What it is about is a time and a place: 2007-2008, London. It's also about, according to Lewis, "a fantastic array of London characters … a Polish builder, a Hungarian nanny, a Zimbabwean meter maid, a police detective, a... Read More >

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