Career Advice from Fortune 500 Women CEOs

Posted June 5, 2012 by Marcy Twete in Leaders We Adore
As a part of Fortune’s cataloging of companies and leaders, they recently released “Career Advice” from women who lead these behemoths. Here’s are links to each of the pieces of advice, and a few snippets of our favorites here at Career Girl Network.


  1. Meg Whitman, Hewlett-Packard
    “Don’t let anyone say, ‘You’re not smart enough… it’s too hard… it’s a dumb idea… no one has done that before… girls don’t do that.'”
  2. Virginia M. Rometty, IBM
    “Someone once told me growth and comfort do not coexist. And I think it’s a really good thing to remember.”
  3. Patricia Woertz, Archer Daniels Midland
    “Stay on the edge of your seat, even if it’s tempting to lean back.”
  4. Indra Nooyi, Pepsico
  5. Angela Braly, WellPoint
  6. Irene Rosenfeld, Kraft Foods
  7. Ellen Kullman, DuPont
  8. Carol Meyrowitz, TJX
  9. Ursula Burns, Xerox
    “You can probably be somebody else and follow all your life, but you cannot be somebody else and lead.”
  10. Sherilyn McCoy, Avon
  11. Deanna Mulligan, Guardian Life Insurance of America
    “I want young girls out there to know that if this is the career opportunity that appeals to them, they can do it.”
  12. Debra Reed, Sempra Energy
    “There’s room for everyone to be successful.”
  13. Denise Morrison, Campbell Soup
    “Ambition is a part of femininity. So you can be ambitious and you can be feminine and that’s both okay.”
  14. Ilene Gordon, Corn Products
    “It’s important to have a plan… but to enjoy every position you have and not be looking for the next position.”
  15. Heather Bresch, Mylan
  16. Maggie Wilderotter, Frontier Communications
  17. Gracia Martore, Gannett
    “You have to be willing to accept new challenges and opportunities outside your comfort zone — because that allows you to grow and expand. It’s also important to keep your eye on the larger picture.”
  18. Beth Mooney, Key Corp

Read pieces of advice from all of these women by clicking on their names above.

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."