Jacki Kelley, who is the CEO of North America and president of global clients for IPG Mediabrands, is one of 36 women participating in the Fortune-U.S. State Department Global Women Leaders Mentoring Partnership. Launched in 2006, the program pairs rising-star women from developing countries with American execs who participate in Fortune's annual Most Powerful Women Summit. For the next two weeks, the international stars will shadow Fortune MPW at U.S.-based companies including Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), DuPont (DD), IBM (IBM), Goldman Sachs (GS), Google (GOOG), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), and Wal-mart (WMT).
This is all about sharing lessons in leadership. And to that point, IPG's (IPG) Kelley was one of the honorees at last week's Matrix Awards for extraordinary women in communications. Last week on Postcards, I told you about the career advice divvied out by Matrix winners Bonnie Hammer of NBCU (CMCSA) and HSN (HSNI) CEO Mindy Grossman. Now, here's a bit of what Kelley shared with the Matrix audience:
Learning is better than climbing. Some of my most rewarding experiences have come from unexpected places. For example, I left USA TODAY (GCI) after 18 years, having reached the most senior advertising role and left to be an "individual contributor" at Yahoo (YHOO). That is code for NO authority yet expectation to influence! I left almost two decades of equity, not to mention a big corner office with a bathroom for a cubicle with a pole in it. I remember having to maneuver my chair just right so I could actually get out of it. The learning: Pick people, not jobs.
Celebrate the tough stuff. The Irish tell a story about a man who arrives at the pearly gates and asks to be let in. St. Peter says, "Of course, just show us your scars." The man says, "I have no scars." To which St. Peter replies: "What a pity." I am lucky. I bear scars -- some a result of things I found worth fighting for, some by virtue of unforeseen circumstances that challenged me in ways I could not have envisioned. One of life's most precious gifts is finding purpose in this tough stuff. Lean into these times and use them to help you fall forward in powerful ways.
It's never just business -- and that is a good thing. It's impossible to separate the human element from business. On the back of strong relationships focused on mutual gain, profits will follow. While people will always ask you WHAT you do, I opt to pay far more attention to HOW I do it. I believe that the quality of our relationships remains the most valued measurement of success. As Maya Angelou said so well, "People will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
Mindy Grossman was a rising-star retail executive, heading Ralph Lauren's (RL) Polo Jeans business and Nike's (NKE) global apparel, before she switched to TV and transformed HSN. By adding celebrity spark and digital dazzle to the once-dreary home-shopping channel, Grossman built a high-growth media-retail hybrid and multiplied HSN's stock price 10-fold from the dark days of 2008. For her unlikely success, she was honored this week at the Matrix Awards MOREPatricia Sellers - Apr 25, 2013 8:31 AM ET
NBC Universal's Bonnie Hammer has been doing what she does—building cable TV networks—for 26 years, which is long enough to know that at a point, the slog of a career can ease and work can turn energizing again. Hammer, who built SyFy and USA Network and recently moved up to chairman of NBCU's (CMCSA) entire cable entertainment group, talked about this notion of belated reward on Monday, when she accepted a 2013 MOREPatricia Sellers - Apr 23, 2013 12:50 PM ET
I met Pooja Sankar two years ago after she founded Piazza, a collaboration platform that facilitates class discussion among students and teachers. Starting with a few students at Stanford, Piazza now is used at top universities such as Stanford and Princeton and MIT and in 25 countries around the world. With $7.5 million in funding from Sequoia Capital and Bessemer Ventures, Sankar, 32, aspires to play a key role in MOREPatricia Sellers - Feb 19, 2013 9:19 AM ET
You can learn from yesterday's laugh line--to make sure you aren't tomorrow's!
Guest Post by Mary Civiello
By now, most of us have seen Senator Marco Rubio's awkward snatch of Poland Spring during his State of the Union response.
And if you have spoken in front of an audience, you can empathize.
A combination of nerves and bright lights causes you to sweat, dehydrate, and need H2O NOW.
The longer you wait, the worse it MOREPatricia Sellers - Feb 14, 2013 2:41 PM ET
Guest Post by Mary Civiello
The communication goal for 2013 should be aiming for authenticity.
I've been looking for what the world needs now, and Beyoncé was the catalyst. Like everyone else, I was in awe of her on Inauguration day--her beauty, her voice...and then it went just a bit flat with word that she was probably lip synching, forcing the Marine Corps band to fake it.
Oh, I know it was cold, and plenty MOREPatricia Sellers - Jan 24, 2013 11:52 AM ET
Marillyn Hewson, a nearly 30-year Lockheed veteran, currently runs the company's largest division.
By Beth Kowitt, writer
FORTUNE -- The fall of Lockheed Martin's incoming CEO Christopher Kubasik has elevated one of Fortune's Most Powerful Women.
Marillyn Hewson, No. 19 on our power list this year, was due to become COO on January 1 when Kubasik took over the top job from Bob Stevens -- that is until today when Kubasik resigned after MOREFortune Editors - Nov 9, 2012 7:00 PM ET
Catherine Hooper is one of the more intriguing entrepreneurs I've met recently. Her startup, Black Umbrella, provides services to help people prepare for floods, hurricanes, nuclear war and pretty much any other disaster we might fear. Hooper knows disasters: She is the fiance of Andrew Madoff, Bernie Madoff's son whose career collapsed when his dad (who was his employer) was discovered to be the world's greatest Ponzi schemer. I profiled MOREPatricia Sellers - Nov 6, 2012 8:15 AM ET
Angela Braly had been subject to mounting investor scrutiny following a disappointing second-quarter earnings report.
By Anne Vandermey, reporter
FORTUNE -- The number of women CEOs in the Fortune 500 is back down to 19 with yesterday's ouster of WellPoint's (WLP) Angela Braly.
Braly had been subject to mounting investor scrutiny following a disappointing second-quarter earnings report. Despite her support from the board and WellPoint's well-received $4.9 billion acquisition of Medicaid specialist MOREFortune Editors - Aug 29, 2012 11:13 AM ET
Business bigwigs across the land have been taking to podiums and advising young people how to succeed. Few graduation speakers have life stories and lessons as rich as Vernon Jordan does.
The high-powered lawyer and corporate director yesterday addressed the grads of New York City's Ethical Culture Fieldston School. My boss, Fortune Managing Editor Andy Serwer, was among the proud parents there. So was Goldman Sachs (GS) CEO Lloyd Blankfein, who MOREPatricia Sellers - Jun 7, 2012 2:37 PM ET
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