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Inspired By: Emily Bennington

Bennington, Emily

“…jobs come and go, but a calling is for life.”

Emily Bennington is the mind behind the 2013 Conference for Women teleclass “Mindfulness as a Career Strategy.” Here she shares a bit about how she holds it together in the corporate world:

Q: Please share how your professional career began and how you ended up where you are today?

A: When I graduated from college I was fortunate enough to have an amazing mentor. That experience became the inspiration for my first book as well as my work in professional development today.

Q: Who is a leader that you have great respect for and why?

A: Spiritual leader Marianne Williamson for helping me understand that jobs come and go, but a calling is for life. And our calling is to be the people we are capable of being.

Q: As a leader in your company, what is the best piece of advice you would offer to a new employee to help them succeed?

A: Focus on excellence and you’ll always find success. Focus on success, and you won’t always find excellence.

Q: What would you say has been your driving force in your staying power in a male-dominated industry?

A: I’ve failed many times. I’ve doubted many times. But I never give up.

Q: What is the one thing you make time for in your daily life that helps keeps you refreshed and positive?

A: Inspirational reading and meditation every morning. Best way to start the day.


Emily Bennington is author of Who Says It’s a Man’s World: The Girls’ Guide to Corporate Domination and the founder of AWAKE EXEC mindful leadership coaching for women. Her work deep dives into what Stephen Covey famously referred to as “the space” between stimulus and response where she challenges professionals to choose intentional, values-centered action. Emily has led training programs for numerous Fortune 500 companies and has been featured in business press ranging from CNNABC, and Fox, to the Wall Street JournalGlamour, and Cosmopolitan. She is also a contributing writer for and a featured blogger for Huffington Post and Forbes Woman. You can find her digital sandbox online at