How She Got There

How She Got There: Alison Quirk’s Path to Becoming Executive Vice President at State Street Corporation

If you want to know what a leader sounds like, talk to Alison Quirk. Direct and articulate while also unhurried and kind, she is clearly used to telling people what to do in a way that makes them want to do it. You get the sense that her meetings were never boring or overlong. You also get the sense that there are a lot of people out there who loved … [ more ]

How She Got There: Pam Wickham’s Path to Becoming Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Communications at Raytheon

As you might guess about someone who says to use the shortened version of her name even in a published profile, Pam Wickham is as down-to-earth as people come. It’s probably no surprise, then, that she’s a native of western Massachusetts. Or that she has a pragmatic approach to life, balancing her passion for work with her desire to spend time with her family and friends. Two traits have held Wickham in good … [ more ]

How She Got There: Micho Spring’s Path to Becoming Chair of Global Corporate Practice and New England for Weber Shandwick

Take a young woman coming of age in the 60s, when many careers were closed to her gender. Mix in political awareness from having fled communist Cuba as a child and add courage and flexibility from forging a new life with her family in New York. What you get: a college dropout, a 31-year-old deputy mayor of Boston, a top executive at one of the largest communications firms in the … [ more ]

How She Got There: Carol Fulp’s Path to Becoming President and CEO of The Partnership Inc.

Sixty years after the civil rights movement, a lot has been written in tribute to the great leaders who fought for social justice and helped open doors. But not much ink has been given to the children of the movement who bravely walked through those newly opened doors. One such former child is Carol Fulp, who marched on Washington as a 12-year-old girl. Equal to the good fortune of growing … [ more ]

How She Got There: Renee Connolly’s Path to Becoming Head of Global Communications and Corporate Responsibility at MilliporeSigma

Surviving the loss of your mom when you’re young doesn’t just make you stronger. It also makes you focus on what’s important early on and gives you clarity on your purpose in life when most of your contemporaries are still searching for a purpose. In other words, it makes you grow up pretty quick. This was the case for Renee Connolly, whose non-smoker mom died from non-small cell lung cancer … [ more ]

How She Got There: Marian Heard’s Path to Becoming the CEO and President of United Way of Massachusetts Bay and the CEO of United Ways of New England

If you know Marian Heard or ever meet her, please ask her to write her autobiography. Future readers inspired by the community leader who has worked with the last six presidents will be thankful, of course. But even more grateful will be future historians and biographers. Retracing her steps is tough work! It’d be one thing if Heard had taken on one endeavor after another. She would probably need to … [ more ]

How She Got There: Gloria Cordes Larson’s Path to Becoming the President of Bentley University

When Gloria Cordes Larson talks about her career, the word “serendipity” comes up a lot. A self-described “half-glass-full Southern cheerleader type,” she means being in the right place at the right time, and the opportunities she seized lend an unpredictable, if not unplanned, quality to her trajectory—each job doesn’t typically lead to the next.  “Someone looking at my resume could easily think I either can’t hold down a permanent job … [ more ]

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