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!

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...

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...

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...