Leaders & Daughters - To My Daughter

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...

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...

On Friendship

 

Dear Claire and Grace, I have always admired the ways in which both of you make—and keep—friends. Grace: on the first day of school, you often come home with tales of befriending one of the new kids. Claire: I...

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...

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...

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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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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Sharon Napier
CEO, Partners + Napier

For Ali & Carly- Go far, and go together.

Dear Ali & Carly, As I look at how the two of you are building your own successful careers in the advertising business, I couldn’t be prouder. Naturally, your dad and I always wanted the best for you, and while...

Denise Wong
President, Midnight Oil

Live, Love, and Laugh Well

Dear Izzi, There’s a meme spreading on social media channels of a Fisher-Price game that comes complete with all the things necessary for soul-crushing meetings. In addition to a table, chairs, coffee cups, and a...

Luke Arehart
Father

Stay Fearless Forever

Dear Ruby Carmen, Soon you’ll be turning 3 years old. To celebrate I want to share my hopes and dreams for you: Live life for you. Let your courage grow. Make your moments count and be present. Don’t be afraid. I LOVE...

Lindsay Trout
Partner, Egon Zehnder

And Dance – Dance Like Nobody’s Watching

To my daughters: It’s special to write to you on Mother’s Day 2018. Today at lunch, we went around the table and shared why we love and appreciate each of our family members. I was honored that you...

Dawn Havilamd
Director, Disney

3 Simple Things

Sam and Peyton, My most important accomplishment in life is each of you. I am so proud of the young women you have become. As I reflect upon our lives together, there are 3 simple things I would say to always remember:...

Lorna Donatone
CEO, Sodexo USA, Sodexo

The Mother’s Day Gift I Want You To Give Yourself

Dear Cat, A few years ago, I overheard you talking to a friend about work-life balance. You marveled that even as your mother worked a corporate job, she had been to every one of your volleyball games. That was not...