New Initiative Urges Business Leaders to Share Advice with Next Gen Girls — Connecticut


Some of the advice, included in a newly released video:

·        Valerie Jarrett, Board member of Lyft and Ralph Lauren and Board Chair of Civic Nation said that “the thing she wished she had known was the adventure that comes with the swerve.” She points out that “so many young people are afraid to take risks…” but “that’s not the way life works.”

·        Stephanie Cohen, Global Co-Head, Consumer & Wealth Management at Goldman Sachs, tells women “to celebrate progress over perfection.” Women need to realize that “to truly be excellent is a process”, which is why “you want to be around people that make you better.”

·        Kelly Joscelyne, Chief Talent Officer at MasterCard, says that her one piece of advice “actually entails three important people that I wish I had assembled early on.” This “board of directors” should be made up of a coach, a mentor and a sponsor – all of which play different roles.

·         Arielle Patrick, Chief Communications Officer at Ariel Investments, said the best piece of advice she got from a mentor early on “is that having a plan is a good idea, but it only takes you so far. Remaining nimble, flexible and open is actually the key to success.”

·        Melody Rollins, Client Advisor at hedge fund manager Bridgewater Associates, would tell her younger self to “cultivate broad networks, not just deep networks.” She shares her own experience of finally learning different aspects of the finance industry and the roles she could hold. “It took me a long time to learn this because I had this very narrow network.”

·        Valerie Rockefeller, Board Chair, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, said “The one thing I wish I knew when I was younger is that you can handle change.”  She recalls the time she moved and felt challenged academically and “withdrew into myself.”

·        Wendy Zhang, Marketing Transformation Leader at Pepsi, says that to be successful in marketing or any industry is “to be good at storytelling.”

·        Luani Alvarado, Worldwide HR, Johnson & Johnson, tells women to “Dream big, work hard, and enjoy the process. She explains that “there’s never an ideal time for anything so be open.”

·         Stephanie Redish Hofmann, Managing Director for Google, says that young women need to understand the type of feedback they get – to “distinguish between stylistic feedback and substantive feedback. Stylistic feedback can really be a trap if you’re not distinguishing that for something more substantive, like a skill you need to develop. ”For women coming into the tech (or any) industry, “Understand and learn to speak the language of your industry. I’m not talking about code but what does the organization value? What type of language do they use to discuss where impact lies in the organization?”

In addition, Kunal Kapoor, CEO of Morningstar, recalls the advice he tells his daughter daily: “To always bring your whole self to everything you’re pursuing and to not feel like you can’t represent yourself fully. We’re all unique.”  And Andy Serwer, Editor-in-Chief for Yahoo Finance, says his one big piece of advice is “to be assertive.” He adds: “That means speaking up at meetings, coming up to your boss after a meeting with ideas and being entrepreneurial.”

Girls With Impact is calling on all business leaders and philanthropists to join the effort in training the next generation of women leaders. Jennifer Openshaw, CEO, Girls With Impact, said the key is to “know yourself.” Young women need to “really know their strengths and weaknesses so they can position themselves for success and move up the career path faster. But that isn’t easy.”


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