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!

Latest letters

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...

Angela Pegas, Egon Zehnder

The Best Surprise of My Life

Dear Gabriela: I was not expecting you. And you were certainly not expecting me! But there you were, my step-daughter-to-be, on a Saturday afternoon in all your glory–your curly blond hair and your big blue eyes...

Angela Ahrendts, Apple

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, so I will...

Martellus Bennett, Super Bowl Hero

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 wings and jump...

Gizem Weggemans, Egon Zehnder

Let’s Make the Gender Debate Obsolete

I grew up in Turkey in the 70s and 80s, one of two sisters, in a family with very strong female figures around us. When I began secondary school at the age of 11, there were about 20 girls and 90 boys in our year group...

Jill Ader, Egon Zehnder

Equality is the North Star

To my amazing daughter, Natalie: As you turn 18 this month, and just as Egon Zehnder launches our global Leaders & Daughters initiative of writing to our daughters, it feels very special to write to you...