“Be a good listener, be true to who you are as a woman and treat people with honesty and empathy.”
|Business Unit:||Adhesives Technologies|
|Job title:||Project Management Director|
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I didn’t have a specific idea of what I wanted to be when I was grown up. Of course the typical ideas of a very young girl crossed my mind – teacher or nurse. I certainly didn’t think about being part of corporate business. As I got older and more clarity came to my thoughts the constant was that I wanted to do something that would bring me independence and challenges.
What has motivated you to take on a position of high responsibility within Henkel?
My motivation to take on positions of responsibility over the course of my career has been my own inner drive as well as external forces. From a very young age I was driven to ‘make things better.’ This translated into a career of more and more responsibility as my supervisors recognized a capability within me to deliver results under pressure.
What were the milestones in your career and are there people or circumstances that have favored your career?
At the age of twenty, after only four months in my first serious position, the company decided to close and relocate from California to New York. I accepted the relocation offer to New York and this was truly the first milestone in my career. I was fortunate that others have seen in me the ability to handle challenging assignments and take difficult situations in stride, even in my early career. Over the course of the next thirty-five years I have had six senior colleagues that stand out as having had great influence on me and the course of my career by providing opportunity and encouragement.
What is your advice to women seeking to build careers?
My advice to women regarding their careers is not to be afraid to accept opportunities that they think they may not be ready for and to remember that sometimes others see something in them that they don’t yet recognize in themselves. Also: be a good listener, be true to who you are as a woman and treat people with honesty and empathy. I highly recommend developing a relationship with a mentor. We bring a unique set of skills and perspectives to a business environment and women should enjoy the differences in terms of both personal growth and benefit to the company.