What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field?
I am a Managing Director of Executive Search Initiatives at Time Warner Inc., a leading media and entertainment company. My team and I are responsible for enhancing Time Warner’s executive employment brand with diverse communities, attracting and recruiting diverse executives, and leading internal mobility initiatives across the enterprise.
Prior to Time Warner, I was the Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion and Vice President, Talent Acquisition at Moody’s Corporation where I launched and ran the company’s first global diversity and inclusion function and concurrently led Moody's recruitment efforts in the Americas.
I began my career at Moody’s as a credit risk analyst covering domestic municipal and global corporate project finance transactions in the transportation sector. I then went on to serve as Manager, Philanthropic Programs for The Moody’s Foundation where I implemented global philanthropic and corporate social responsibility programs.
My academic and leadership development background, consisting of a B.A. from Bucknell University, an M.P.A. from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU, and a Fellowship in Public Affairs from the Coro New York Leadership Center, also helped facilitate my career transitions.
What is the biggest challenge of your work?
By definition, what I do is challenging because effectively aligning workforce diversity and inclusion in the corporate space requires a fundamental rethinking of how we do business. Corporate leaders face a broad range of issues, including the important challenge to achieve greater innovation and efficiency by managing and leading people inclusively, globally and remotely. With the understanding that we need leaders with diverse and global experiences, styles, viewpoints, and cross-cultural competencies to meet these challenges, we seek to collaboratively align and position such talent in top management positions within our organization.
What is your proudest achievement?
My most important personal achievement is a work-in-progress - raising a healthy, happy, kind, and curious daughter with my husband.
My proudest professional achievement to date was launching and developing a business-aligned and valued global diversity function at Moody’s. I take great pride in how we elevated organizational engagement through diversity and inclusion initiatives while simultaneously driving impactful changes across the institutional levers of recruitment, hiring, career advancement, and leadership development.
What leaders, thinkers or doers do you admire most?
I admire individuals who are effective at demanding excellence and innovative thinking in an inclusive manner. I also admire leaders who adapt to changing demands without sacrificing personal integrity and ethical values.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself in a more senior leadership position in the diversity and inclusion and/or corporate social responsibility space.
What would be your advice to young people who want their careers and lives to have an impact?
One does not become an impactful business leader by chance. It takes an outstanding skills repertoire complete with a great deal of effort, good judgment, planning, flexibility, and cultural adaptability. It also takes ongoing learning, tremendous endurance and persistence, a strong professional and personal network, a healthy sense of self-awareness, and emotional intelligence. Never underestimate the power of a “can do” attitude, fairness and kindness. And whatever you do, do it with integrity, passion and a clearly defined understanding of what "success" means for you.