Graceful exits win over grand entrances.
Coming from a small city and humble family, Lynne never expected to move beyond her job as a middle school teacher. She credits her start in business to a relative, who first made the introduction to Estee Lauder after seeing Lynne gracefully navigate a difficult family situation. It made such an impression on the woman that she submitted Lynne’s name to be an account executive for the global company. From there, Lynne worked through the ranks to become Group President. She encouraged us to always put on a good face when confronted with hardship. You never know who might be watching.
You’re hired to think.
Lynne thanked a number of mentors throughout her life, one of whom taught Lynne to constantly pick her head up from the day-to-day grind. She implored Lynne to give her honest feedback about the status of the company. Most employees believe that they are hired to keep their heads down and do the work that is asked of them. Although Lynne spent many long days working, this was a wake-up call. She explained that this advice not only helped develop the critical thinking needed to be president, but the wise words stayed with her as she coached others.
Though Lynne used a job in sales as a launchpad to reach the top of Estee Lauder, she emphasized that any career can lead to success, so long as you’re diligent. Whether a woman is in marketing or IT, Lynne encouraged us to never give up. It’s through that grit that Lynne rose through the ranks at Estee Lauder and achieved the life she wanted. Whether tending to her family or flying around the world, she was wholeheartedly committed to doing her best.
Take risks and always have a jar of peanut butter.
When asked what kept her up going during grueling workdays, Lynne stressed that she never forgot her life in that St. Louis classroom when she was living off of peanut butter sandwiches. She remembers always keeping a jar of peanut butter, not only as a yummy snack on hectic days, but also as a reminder of how far she had come. However big the risks she needed to take, she knew that she could always be self-sufficient.
Rapid Fire Questions:
Favorite place in NYC? Central Park
What are you reading right now? “Einstein: His Life and Universe” by Walter Isaacson.
I’m most productive when, I: Do not drink the night before, get a full-night of sleep, workout for 40-minutes in the morning and have an amazing cup of coffee.
Best piece of advice: “If you do not have grit then give up