Leaders & Daughters - To My Daughter

Bold, Smart and Beautiful

 

Dear Savannah Rose, You are bold, smart and beautiful. Truly beautiful inside and out. When you were born, God let an angel leave the sky to bless my life. You were spicy and creative from the start. You were...

Egon Zehnder CEO Rajeev Vasudeva: To Mihira

 

Dearest Mihira, Eight months ago, you had consciously chosen to come back to India and look for a job in its expanding design industry after getting your second degree and graduating from one of finest design...

For Carmella and Elle: My Top 10 List

 

There are never enough words or times to tell you how much hope, optimism and inspiration you bring to me, each and every day. Clearly, the very best thing I ever did in my life was marry your father, and be a...

My Most Important Startup

 

Dear MIS* Catherine, You and I talk a lot about this ‘changing the world’ thing. You hear about it all the time, in school or when my Silicon Valley friends come visit us in Germany. Does ‘changing the world’...

Nike’s Elliott Hill: A Huge Step Forward

 

Peyton, A week ago, you and I went for a hike that I still think about. Spring Break had just started, and it was a perfect day to be outdoors. At one point, we stopped to look out over a stunning vista – just...

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!

Editor’s picks

Domenico Zaccone
former CEO and Director of the Board, Senior Advisor, Sara Lee, Unilever, DPZ&Partners

A Blue Ocean In Front of You

Dear Marias, One year later, I am back again to you with a letter to support your motivations, ambitions and successes. Moreover, I want to thank you for helping me to successfully overcome a “very challenging” 2017...

Mauro Bergstein
Partner, Wright Capital Management

To My Daughter Marcela

Dear Marcela, I have not written you a letter since your Bat Mitzvah in 2014. Inspired by the EgonZehnder Leaders & Daughters event that you and I participated in, I decided to write you a few lines. You may recall...

Judy Reinsdorf
Former EVP and GC, Johnson Controls

To Emma and Kate

Dear Emma and Kate, You have grown into beautiful young women with your lives stretching before you. Emma, as a college student, your summer internship in NYC will begin shortly. Kate, you will be applying to colleges...

Randall Lane
Chief Content Officer and Editor, Forbes Media

To My Budding Entrepreneur

Dear Chloe, You arrived in a hurry, avoiding birth in a taxicab by only a few minutes. It turned out the umbilical cord was wrapped around your neck, and your quick escape dodged possible tragedy. Even then, you knew...

Dede Orraca-Cecil
Consultant, Egon Zehnder

Focus on What Matters to YOU

Dear Aubrey, So last year I sat down to write this letter to you and it never made its way to you. I’ll be honest. I wrote a few versions, got pulled away to help others and now a year later here I am. As I look back to...

Julie Bornstein
Former COO, Stitch Fix

Friends and Family Come First

Dear Lucy, Friends and family always come first. They may not get the most time, but they’re the engine that supports you, keeps you connected and gives you the strength to take on the world. I hope you can find a...

Latest letters

Kim Rucker
EVP, General Counsel and Secretary, Andeavor

Bold, Smart and Beautiful

Dear Savannah Rose, You are bold, smart and beautiful. Truly beautiful inside and out. When you were born, God let an angel leave the sky to bless my life. You were spicy and creative from the start. You were born with...

Rajeev Vasudeva
CEO, Egon Zehnder

Egon Zehnder CEO Rajeev Vasudeva: To Mihira

Dearest Mihira, Eight months ago, you had consciously chosen to come back to India and look for a job in its expanding design industry after getting your second degree and graduating from one of finest design schools in...

Karen Quintos
Chief Customer Officer, Dell

For Carmella and Elle: My Top 10 List

There are never enough words or times to tell you how much hope, optimism and inspiration you bring to me, each and every day. Clearly, the very best thing I ever did in my life was marry your father, and be a Mom to...

Maryse Bertrand
Business advisor and corporate director

Dearest Jules

As I watch you today, with your poise, confidence and grace-particularly under pressure- I am astonished at how quickly you have grown up and admire the wonderful and accomplished human being that you have become. It is...

Roger Bolton
President, Arthur W. Page Society

Using Your Gifts and Talents to Make the World Better

Dear Taylor, At this stage in your life, I am learning as much from you as you are from me. You’ve discovered and developed your gifts and talents, and you know that you want to use them to make the world better. I’m...

Sylvie Moreau
Coty Professional Beauty, Coty inc

Letter to my Sweet Sixteen

Dear Pauline, Today you are turning 16. 16! It seems like it was only yesterday when you started taking your first steps, with that look of determination on your focused little face that I recognize in you even today. I...