Q. What inspires you?
A. People who overcome crazy obstacles and who show deep compassion: Ghandi, Nelson Mandela, my grandmother. Right now I am compiling a book of personal stories from women leaders around the world. These women are beautiful blends of grace and grit that inspire me and I’m excited to help their stories inspire others.
Q. What advice would you give to women in business education?
A. For one thing, I would advise women to GET a business education. I was stunned when I walked into my EMBA class and could count the women on one hand. I started digging and found woeful ratios are common in EMBA programmes globally.
This does not appear to be a clandestine “No Girls Allowed” conspiracy. The reality is that schools are looking for quality women candidates. And in my class, rather than failing, 50 per cent of the women graduated with honours, a higher percentage than the men.
Q. How do you deal with male-dominated environment?
A. Personally, I think a male-dominated environment is not bad, but it is sad. Organisations or initiatives lacking diversity are handicapped; prone to groupthink disasters. Wherever I’ve been - in politics, NGOs, business or school - I just assumed equal respect and trust with my male counterparts. I believe we often get what we expect in life - and what we give.
Q. How do you deal with pressure?
A. Yoga. Stepping back to pause helps me remember that I can let go of fear, anger or anxiety and choose a more powerful response to whatever is stressing me. Plus, when I do yoga, watching my 6-foot self wobble on one leg while twisting into a silly pretzel makes me smile and reminds me to not take myself or situations too seriously.
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