Speaker Articles

Career Advice from One of the Most Accessible Executives in Boston

By Christina Luconi, Chief People Officer, Rapid7

Chief marketing officer at Rapid7, Carol Meyers is a local legend in the Boston entrepreneurial community. She has played senior leadership roles at LogMeIn, Unica, Shiva, Lotus and GE, and she serves on the board of directors for Emarsys and MineralTree, as well as plays an advisor role to SocialRep and WordStream. Still, she feels she has not done enough.

“I want to keep learning. I want to try new things,” Meyers says. “I have always been driven by a desire to create something, to drive growth, to make things happen. This has not diminished over time, though I have developed a tad more patience.”

She has also gained invaluable insights and wisdom about work and the choices women face. Here, she reflects back on her career and shares her career advice. Read More

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An Expanded Definition of Workplace Diversity

By Renee Connolly, Head of Global Life Science Communications & Corporate Responsibility/Sustainability, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

As has been well established, inclusive and diverse cultures are better positioned to adapt, grow and thrive in a changing business environment. After all, “any company’s greatest asset is its people,” says Lisa Walsh, regional controller at EMD Serono, the biopharmaceutical business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

Diversity is generally defined as people from different cultures and backgrounds, and increasingly includes women specifically in leadership positions. However, at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, diversity of mindset and location are important differentiators. In a science- and technology-driven environment, where we need to anticipate and follow opportunities across market regions, these two elements, when combined, facilitate good decision-making. They also ensure that we have the indigenous local perspective along with the strategic “big picture” required of a globally integrated enterprise.   Read More

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Bethenny Frankel’s Truths

Many of us think of Bethenny Frankel as the fast-talking, forthright reality TV star with brains and balls to spare. After all, not only did she seize the marketing opportunities of her fame and time on TV, selling books and Skinnybrand cocktails, she then sold the Skinnygirl Margarita brand for a reported $120 million—and kept the licensing rights to the Skinnygirl brand, which she has built into an empire.

Yet in the past several months, an additional aspect of Frankel has come to national light: her extraordinary humanitarianism. Last September, on her own dime, she helicoptered to a rural town in Mexico to raise awareness of the earthquake’s devastation there. Then she went to post-Harvey Houston and delivered $300,000 worth of relief supplies, which had been raised by her organization B Strong, an initiative through Dress for Success. And then she became a one-woman rescue mission to Puerto Rico, first chartering planes to deliver relief supplies and bring back elderly and ailing citizens and then arranging for a cargo ship that can carry 15 million pounds of generators, food and other necessities. Read More

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A Boy, His Dog and the Future of Healthcare

Sandra FenwickBy Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO, Boston Children’s Hospital

Last summer, 10-year-old Hunter VanBrocklin visited Washington D.C., and accomplished things he would never have believed possible—things that weren’t possible for him just a year earlier. Hunter, who has cerebral palsy, bypassed the ramp at the Lincoln Memorial, and instead climbed all 58 steps with the help of his Great Dane service dog, Wendy. He crawled, without braces or knee immobilizers, through vents at the International Spy Museum. And he met with lawmakers from his home state of Maine to share stories about the care and services that made his visit—and his quality of life—possible. Read More

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Office Politics: When Bosses Behave Badly

Power may not always corrupt, but it sure can bring out the egomaniac in some managers. That’s what industrial and organizational psychologist Amy Cooper Hakim found while doing research to update her book (which was originally written by her grandmother), Working with Difficult People: Handling the Ten Types of Problem People Without Losing Your Mind.

Of the 10 kinds of bad bosses you might encounter (yes, there are that many!), she says that narcissists are quite common. “Someone who is cold-blooded and ego-driven as a boss was probably like that as a subordinate, but it didn’t affect her manager, or for that matter, her colleagues, the way it now affects her direct reports,” Hakim explains. “When used for good, power can achieve great things. But when used improperly by a narcissist, it leads to bullying, which spirals downward and hurts productivity and morale.” Read More

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