Leaders & Daughters - To My Daughter

Yum! Brands’ Greg Creed: Courageous Woman

 

Dear Lauren, It’s hard to believe that you are turning 30 this year, which only reinforces my belief that the days can be long but the years are always short. It has been a joy and brought me so much pleasure...

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’...

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

Robert Coallier
CEO, Agropur Dairy Cooperative

Ma Chère Camille

Ma chère Camille, Aussi loin que je me souviens, tu as toujours su ce que tu voulais. Ta détermination te prédestinait à de grandes choses. Ta discipline scolaire et sportive t’ont toujours démarquée. Aujourd’hui, je...

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...

Latest letters

Greg Creed
CEO, Yum! Brands

Yum! Brands’ Greg Creed: Courageous Woman

Dear Lauren, It’s hard to believe that you are turning 30 this year, which only reinforces my belief that the days can be long but the years are always short. It has been a joy and brought me so much pleasure and...

Archana R Singh
Professor and Chair, School of Communication Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh

Dear Sowmya and Pallavi,

I am writing to both of you on this platform because I believe I am writing on behalf of all the working mothers. Ours is a unique sisterhood because working moms totally understand each other. I have been a working...

robert beckvall
teacher, coach, soldier, writer, and sports champion, the world and future youth

To My Chinese Viking

What can I say about my Chinese/Swedish daughter that hasn’t already been said in Mandarin-Arizona-Local Hawaii talk as she represents Hawaii at the 2018 Distinguished Young Women event in Alabama? You gave toys...

robert beckvall
teacher, coach, soldier, writer, and sports champion, Pacific Island, Arizona, and the world

It’s What I Do, Jiminy Cricket

soldier? check teacher? check writer? check coach? check volunteer? check philanthropist? check sports champion? check hubby, daddy, checker of the parrots at Diamond Head? check this is not about me, this is about my...

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...