Betsy Myers’ interview with Denise Morrison, president & CEO of Campbell Soup Company from a keynote luncheon at the 8th Annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women. One of only 14 women CEOs in the Fortune 500, Morrison discussed her philosophies on leadership and confidence, the role her family played (and plays) in her success, and how strategic career moves can help women advance to the C-suite.
When she was four years old, my daughter, Madison, often saw her friends leaving their after-school program to go to soccer, ballet, piano, and other activities. One day, when I picked her up from preschool, she said, “Mommy, please don’t overschedule me. I just want to play after school and relax on weekends!”
Like so many others affected this week, the sad passing of Steve Jobs, the technology guru and giant, made me step back and think. We now look back at the innovations and leadership he brought to his industry and the people who worked for him.
Betsy sits down with Bloomberg’s Kathleen Hays to discuss her new book, TAKE THE LEAD: Motivate, Inspire, and Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Everyone Around You. The interview dives into the book’s key concept of “Authentic Leadership” and Betsy shares firsthand stories from her days in the White House and on the Obama campaign.
Last night I was helping my daughter with her hair. We started talking about starting school, how fast the summer had gone and how it is hard to believe that she is already 9-years-old and starting 4th grade. I told her how exciting this time is and all the wonderful things that lie ahead in her life.
I decided to take the new role at Bentley University as the Founding Director of the Center for Women in Business. Why? As I have traveled the country over the past three years speaking on leadership with a variety of corporations, I kept hearing the same concerns… It is 2011. Why aren’t we doing better in the area of women retention and promotion?
We said good-bye to Elizabeth Edwards last month. I have thought so much about her strength and courage in the final few years of her life. She left behind her precious children Kate 28, Emma 13 and Jack 10. Seems like only yesterday when John and Elizabeth Edwards arrived in Washington when John was elected the new U.S. Senator from North Carolina. Elizabeth played a significant role in Senator Edward’s career and his subsequent runs for president in 2004 and 2008.
My younger sister, JoJo, was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in late September. She discovered a lump in her left breast one morning. My family doesn’t have a history of breast cancer so we all hoped it was nothing.
I was asked to attend the Southwest Airlines annual Halloween event in Dallas this year. I also had the pleasure joining Gary Kelly, CEO, President and Chairman of the Board of Southwest Airlines as a judge at the event. This 25-year tradition of Halloween festivities is part of their company culture. The headquarters literally shuts down (except for those responsible for the planes in the air) for a day of Halloween fun and department competition.
On May 19, The University of Michigan hosted a leadership symposium called “ Profiles in Leadership: Conversations with Betsy Myers and Michigan Leaders.”
I moderated a panel on how to create successful women leaders. The panel consisted of several amazing women, including University of Michigan Dean of Education, Deborah Loewenberg Ball and Eastern Michigan University General Counsel, Gloria Hage. Michigan’s First Gentleman, Dan Mulhern, also participated. He is married to Governor Jennifer M. Granholm.