Leaders & Daughters - To My Daughter

Martellus Bennett: Daddy’s Gotcha!

Dear Jett the Adventurer: They say that black girls can’t fly. I write this as I watch you dance in the clouds underneath a starry sky. Anything is possible! EVERYONE can fly. You just have to spread your...

Apple’s Angela Ahrendts: Always Be Present

Dear Sommer and Angelina: Hopefully you won’t read anything in this letter that you haven’t already heard from me many times before. I’ve always tried to lead by example when we are together...

Pinnacle Group’s Nina Vaca: Confidence is the Best Outfit

My dearest Amanda and Katarina, I love you unconditionally. I want to begin with those four simple words because at the end of the day, above all I want you to know I love you both unconditionally.  As I write...

UTV Founder Ronnie Screwvala: The Choices You Make

Dearest T, How often does a dad write to his daughter in this, the 21st Century? Not often, and so it feels kind of weird yet good to pen this short one. Most times when you or I have something to say, we...

I Want You to Have It All

To my daughter: I always want to believe you will work in an environment that recognizes that diversity and inclusion is the key to creativity, innovation and business success. It seems like such an easy...

We first began writing to our daughters last year as part of Egon Zehnder’s Leaders & Daughters event series, which we are currently hosting in 40 cities around the world. Now we hope to harness the power of leadership by encouraging people to write to their own daughters – sharing their hopes and dreams for them as well as practical advice and wisdom on how to navigate the challenges ahead in their career journey. Our goal is to collectively inspire, cultivate and pave a better future for the next generation of female leaders. Please join us by sharing your own letters and nominating friends to do the same via #LeadersAndDaughters. Thank you!

 

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To Emma, on her college graduation

To my dear sweet Emma- I fell in love with you the minute you were born on that beautiful, magical Sunday afternoon February 19,1995. You were such a sweet, peaceful baby – a true Sunday’s child. This was the start of our journey together. We...

The Golden Rule

Dear Rita, When I was about your age, I travelled to New York City by myself to participate in a United Nations program. There on a tour I was struck by the most beautiful mosaic: Norman Rockwell’s Golden Rule. The message of compassion resonated...

Your Future in Your Hands

Nichole, You are my only and wonderful daughter; I love you and admire you very much. The character you showed us shortly after you were born defined who you are. Your core values revolve strongly around your impeccable sense of ethical standards...

Go Play in Traffic!

Dear Egon Zehnder, Thank you for inviting me to be part of your Leaders & Daughters campaign to collectively inspire, cultivate and pave a better future for the next generation of female leaders. I hope you’ll forgive me for taking some creative...

Why Not You?

My Little One, You are now 5 years old, and we couldn’t be more grateful that you’re in our lives. You have a beautiful journey ahead, so allow me to share some thoughts that I think will help you along the way. Your grandparents raised me to think...

To My Daughter

Dear Grace, I couldn’t wish for a better friend than you. From the day you were born you have been my best friend and I couldn’t be more proud as I watch you grow into the young lady you are becoming. You take everything in your stride...

Fly, SuperGirl

It’s been a week since International Women’s Day, and I’ve reflected on everything that I’ve read including the Leaders and Daughters letters by Egon Zehnder.  As I always tell Evelyn, my three-year-old, to be brave, I...

The Lights of My Life

To the lights of my life, Work hard, stand up for what you believe in; appreciate those that support you as well as those that aren’t able to. Importantly, do what makes you happy, have fun, create wonderful memories and always know that you...

The One Thing A Parent Wants

Dear Leah, Since you were extremely little I’ve been telling you that you could be whatever you wanted to be when you grow up. Some people have reacted cynically when I’ve told them that. They think I’m suggesting that you literally can be anything...

The Traits That Matter

To my beautiful daughters Elena, Amelia and Alexa, As I reflect upon my life and what advice I would give I realized it is human traits and experiences that matter most because they are what have shaped who I am, what I’ve done, and what I care...

For You, Natasha

My dear Natasha: It’s hard to believe you’re a senior in high school already. Soon you will be heading to college and making your own way in the world, and your dad and I couldn’t be more proud of you. As you get ready to head out...

Ariel’s Mellody Hobson: Lessons From W.E.B. Du Bois

Lovie: As I write to the three-year-old you, I am reminded of a profound letter that I read many years ago. It was written in 1914 by W.E.B. Du Bois to his 14-year old daughter. It is a letter that has meaningfully shaped my life and one that I re...

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Dance Like No One’s Watching

My Darling Arsala, You are turning 21 on the 01st of January 2017, and I remember as clear as day, the wonderful day I held you in my arms after a night of New Years’ Eve dancing! From the moment I found out I was pregnant I just knew deep in...

To Nicola

My darling daughter Nicola, You make me smile every time I see you. You have grown into an amazing strong woman, a brilliant Mummy to your beautiful Girls. A wonderful, supporting , caring wife to your husband . You are the best  big sister to your...

To my Beautiful and Fierce Future Daughter…

I recently heard of the #LeadersandDaughters Campaign as I saw several inspiring posts from moms and dads across the globe populate my newsfeed. This event series and campaign is centered around harnessing the power of leadership by encouraging...

Ariadne, the Hero of the Labyrinth

Dear Ariadne, The next 15 years I am going to be working for you. Health permitting, I will be working for others as well, clients, colleagues, other people around us. But you will be what some call, my “higher purpose”. You are probably wondering...