Groundhog Day is a popular observance in the United States that is meant to predict the weather. Punxsutawney Phil appears on February 2 every year, and if he is frightened by his own shadow than it signals that people can expect 6 more weeks of winter. If Phil doesn’t see his shadow, spring is on the way. While the Groundhog Day tradition isn’t scientific, current day meteorology is a highly-quantitative field where accuracy is critical.
Every December, our offices around the world come together to celebrate the season – and all of their hard work over the year. The celebrations were memorable at every DRW office. Here are a few highlights from Montreal, Chicago, London and Houston.
Seth Thomson, CIO of DRW, talks to Waters about his career, innovation and how the firm has expanded into new asset classes, including cryptocurrencies.
Jason Benetti is a compelling figure in sports media for two key reasons: he’s risen through the ranks to become the television announcer for his hometown team, the Chicago White Sox, and he has cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that affects muscle coordination, movement and balance. At a recent event in DRW’s Chicago office, Jason shared how living outside of his comfort zone has propelled him to think differently and be more successful.
Reshma Saujani is not a coder. But she’s passionate about building a world where one million women and girls are computer scientists in 2020. She joined us in our Chicago office to tell us her story, how she is working to close the gender gap in technology - and how we can support and champion this important initiative.
The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the world’s largest gathering of women technologists. This year, the DRW team was there, and we came back energized by meeting so many talented women. We also sponsored two students from the University of Chicago and Carleton College to attend, and spoke with them about their experiences:
Many of us can relate to the weight of questioning what we should do with our lives. Po Bronson, who for years had been working as a bond salesman, found one day that he wanted to explore another path and endeavored to write a book based on that very question. The result has been years of study into passion, risk taking and resilience.
I’ve had many days at DRW – I’ve been here for over 15 years – and no two days are the same. I remember how uncomfortable I felt on my first day. I had a lot ahead of me – not only learning how to trade, but also navigating my first professional experience out of college. It was daunting, but I figured my only choice was to give it my all.