SVP Human Resources, Adidas North America
How are you leading differently in the #MeToo era?
“Ensuring that I’m making time to have meaningful and safe conversations with our [employees] so they can open up, find their voices and share their experiences. Additionally, supporting our Employee Resource Groups that empower women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community in shaping our policies, initiatives and culture to uphold the highest levels of ethical standards.”
What’s the biggest challenge you face as a woman, and how have you overcome it?
“Personal inner confidence and self-esteem in a professional position or a leadership role. I started my career in nuclear power, then to retail, followed by telecommunications, luxury fashion, and more recently the sport industry. All of these have been male dominated, and as such, it was important to surround myself with those who believed in me and encouraged me. In addition, I invested in personal development to build my courage and self-belief and to learn how to be more comfortable being me at work versus pretending to be someone I thought I needed to be.”
More women should… ”Encourage [other] women to believe in themselves, invest in understanding what they stand for as human beings — as a mum, sister, daughter and co-worker. [Next], have the courage to confront their fears, let go of what is holding them back and celebrate all the amazing talents and accomplishments they bring to the world.”