What advice would you offer to women just starting out in the industry?
Don’t be afraid to speak up, ask questions, or challenge ideas. In an industry with a long history, certain practices may be in place simply because that
is how they were always done. Women
just starting out have the unique
advantage of having a fresh perspective. What may seem obvious to you
may not be to your veteran colleagues.
Furthermore, women are intuitive and
excellent listeners. Use that to your
advantage to better understand your
colleagues and clients and to inform
What do you know now that you wish you
knew in the beginning of your career?
That change is (almost always) a good
thing. People change jobs, companies, cities, and careers all the time.
Without change, you can’t expand
your horizons and skillsets, meet new
people, experience new challenges
more effective collaboration within
the industry to strengthen the overall
messaging and image we portray,
especially toward young people just
starting out in their careers. Pooling
resources, sharing best practices, and
generally creating a more open, trans-
parent environment would give all of
us – bankers, factors, lawyers, accoun-
tants, and others – a more unified and
consistent platform to attract, recruit,
train, and develop top-notch talent.
Working together to develop collab-
orative presentations that represent
various disciplines and career paths
(finance, factoring, legal, accounting,
and others) could be particularly ben-
eficial in recruiting efforts at graduate
schools, universities, and even high
or push yourself beyond what you
thought yourself ever capable of. I
would tell my younger self to embrace
every opportunity and not to be afraid
to put myself out there. You would be
amazed at what unfolds when you do.
What kind of role has mentoring and/
or sponsorship played in your career?
The best mentors I ever had were my
parents. I was fortunate to have their
guidance and support as I navigated
both my studies as well as my diverse
career paths. Subsequently, I have
always thought it important to pay
that forward to others. I have been
mentoring students since I was in high
school and continue to do so today.
Opportunities are all around us but it
helps if you have someone supportive
in your corner to encourage you to
What do you think the industry could
do to attract and retain the best and
the brightest today?
In addition to our individual company
efforts to recruit today’s best and
brightest, we would all benefit from
Senior Vice President
Rosenthal & Rosenthal, Inc.
assie Rosenthal brings diverse experience and a wealth of expertise to
Rosenthal & Rosenthal, Inc. She has dual responsibilities at the firm, man-
aging both business development and marketing efforts. Cassie is highly
skilled at sourcing and developing new relationships with management
and senior-level executives at a wide range of companies. In addition
to her business development responsibilities, she has also been instrumental in creat-
ing an integrated marketing strategy for Rosenthal, including its recent rebranding.
Prior to joining her family’s business in 2012, Cassie co-owned and operated two art
galleries (Goff + Rosenthal) for nearly a decade, one in New York and one in Berlin.
She is one of the founding members of the New York Advisory Board for Let’s Get
Ready, a nonprofit supporting first-generation college-bound men and women and
low-income high school students through the college-going process. Cassie serves
as President of the Board of Directors for Women Helping Other Women (WHOW), a
charitable professional networking group that helps women and children in need.
She is also on the board of the New York Institute of Credit (NYIC) and is a great supporter of the CFA and ORT.
Cassie has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Art + Auction, and Artnet, and has appeared on BBC Radio and CNBC. She received a BA
from Colgate University and a Master in Art History from the Sotheby’s Institute in