I'm from a generation of women that shattered the glass ceiling. We didn't wait for doors to open. The lesson I learned is that you need to open some doors for yourself in pursuit of career advancement.
When Dad came home from work, he'd turn our family dinners into tutorials on business, money, sales, and profit margins. He shared fascinating stories about his customers, marketing, and my favorite topic when I was a kid - new product launches. Our father also took us to his office before the advent of 'Take Your Child to Work Day.'
Through the Internet of things, 'connected kitchens' will alert consumers if they're running low on broth and when their salad dressing needs to be replenished.
Being an iconic food company can be both a blessing and a curse. It can be a curse if, amidst change, you maintain the status quo. It is a blessing if you leverage the change coupled with capability to seize new opportunities.
I see more people taking charge of their well-being through the use of data and digital sensors, wearable health bands, and smartphone apps that can track and quantify everything from their heart rate, blood pressure, and sleep quality to steps walked and calories consumed.
There's no one way to the top. Make your own opportunities. See around corners. Raise your hand for assignments.
What people look for in their leaders is authenticity. You say, 'I'm not going to ask you to do anything that I'm not going to do myself.'
You need to set a tone at the top that inspires trust - and encourages open and honest 2-way communication. So you hear the brutal facts, and you listen to the good news and the bad news - so that, in the spirit of continuous improvement, you can make changes.
Life's a balancing act. You have multiple roles and goals, and you can do it all - just not all at once.
I loved multi-tasking. I loved being involved in a lot of things. To me, the more complex the better, and so being a leader of a business to me was like, 'Wow, that's what I want to be.'
Women often are so focused on getting their jobs done well that they forget that building relationships is a key part of being a leader - and increasingly so, the higher you go.
I can cite numerous sponsors at different places in my career that made a huge difference for me just in terms of pulling me aside and giving me a tip or some coaching, or just watching what I was doing and not being afraid to tell me the truth about it.
I know there are no sure bets or overnight miracles.
Evolving our culture to operate and think differently is no small task. We are challenging our employees to be the best of both small and big companies - they should operate with the soul and spirit of a startup, while leveraging the scale, resources and capabilities of Campbell - with the goal of ultimately becoming the biggest small company.
I've been preparing to run a big company all my life.
Trust implies that both parties participate in the relationship with both 'gives' and 'gets.'
The business world needs the best talent from both genders to compete in an ever-changing environment and drive innovation.
We are exploring creative models to pursue innovation outside the confines of our normal process, taking calculated risks and learning from them.
Bolthouse is a great strategic fit with Campbell.
At Campbell's, we're listening to consumers. We recognize that real and healthier food is better for our consumers and our business. Our goal is to be the leading health and well-being food company.