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!

Editor’s picks

Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, The Boardlist & Joyus

If You Can Imagine It, You Can Create It

When I was growing up, I imagined I wanted to be lots of things – an executive, a lawyer, a doctor, a diplomat, and yes, an entrepreneur. While there were defined paths to lead me to some of these careers, I confess I...

Mellody Hobson, Ariel Investments

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...

Maryam Banikarim, Hyatt Corporation

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...

Adam Lashinsky, Fortune

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...

Serena Perin Vinton, Franklin Equity Group

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...

Julie Iskow, Medidata Solutions

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...

Latest letters

Neil Waters, Egon Zehnder

Dr. Seuss Was Right

Dear Mary, Ella, Anna and Claudia: Personally, I think Dr Seuss is incredibly underrated. If all you do is re-read Oh The Places You Will Go! a few times you will get a sense of aspiration and ambition and what the...

Fiona Packman, Egon Zehnder

The Power of Diversity

To my lovely three daughters: As we approach International Women’s Day, I pause to think about how the world will change to further support and empower women across all walks of life–and whether I am doing...

Brian Reinken, Egon Zehnder

Great Leaders Promote Diversity

As a father, I have been blessed to see the world through the eyes of my two sons and three daughters, with my oldest two children now in college and another two about to enter college. As any father to both sons and...

Douglas Kush, Egon Zehnder

First and Foremost, I’m Your Dad

To Alexis & Madison, I trust that no matter what, you will always see me first and foremost as your dad. I hope that never ends. But I want to share a different vantage point with you. As a professional well into my...

Tom Foley, Indigo Group

Two Words That Mean More Than You Know

To my daughter: Each morning, you say: “Hi Daddy.” Two words that mean more than you know. Years ago, your brother shared a poem with me: Walk a little slower Daddy, Said a small child I’m following in your Footsteps...

Jennifer Reingold, Egon Zehnder

Mess Up. Feel Your Power. Be You.

To my dearest Sabrina: You are six days away from turning 13. It is the age of adulthood in many religions and cultures—and in ours, the beginning of a transition that is as confusing as it is liberating. You have...