During the past 30 years, I’ve built the career and life of my dreams. I’ve worked with world leaders from Margaret Thatcher to George H. W. Bush to Bill Clinton. I’ve been a senior executive at two of the world’s largest companies, Unilever and Kraft Foods. I’ve led transformational projects, from supporting Russia’s privatization and economic reform, to launching the new $100 bill for the US Treasury, to developing the World Economic Forum’s New (sustainable) Vision for Agriculture. And in doing so, I literally got paid to travel the world, including stints living in Singapore, Moscow and London. And I did it all without having to give up being a wife and mother. I then took all of those experiences and published an award-winning book called Get Ahead by Going Abroad to help others do the same.
Now I’ve parlayed those successes into my new dream – a life that lets me simultaneously lead my own business and my 12 year old daughter’s girl scout troop – mostly from my home office overlooking the Chesapeake Bay.
I consider myself very lucky. But it wasn’t just luck that enabled me to have the career and life of my dreams. Focus, determination, hard work, sacrifices and the generous support of others were also required in large measures.
What I’ve learned in those 30+ years of working is that there is no magic bullet and no one-size-fits-all answer. But I’m confident that if a woman like me from a small town in Pennsylvania can end up circling the globe, making a difference and being well paid for doing so, you can too! You’ll never get everything you want at the same time, but with a little help from time to time, you can have the career and life of your dreams!