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Leadership Tuesdays--Developing Women Leaders | April 2011

April 12, 2011 | From The Wall Street Journal

Tales From the Front Lines

Mellody Hobson, Julie Louise Gerberding, Marissa Mayer and Debra L. Lee on how they did what they did


"...Meta leadership. Which is not just knowing yourself and being able to lead within your organization, in a vertical way, but it's the horizontal leadership: the ability to lead networks of people who are not in your own power domain. That horizontal leadership takes different skills than vertical leadership. And it requires people to know how to negotiate, to be able to be true and effective partners and collaborators, to find that third path, to be able to walk in someone else's shoes with emotional intelligence and empathy." --Dr. Julie Gerberding


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Source:  Wall Street Journal Online, APRIL 11, 2011


April 19, 2011 | From McKinsey Quarterly*

Making a remarkable career: Women discuss how they approach work and life


In a series of vignettes, professional women highlight traits that have made them successful.


Over the past several years we've interviewed more than 85 women from around the world and across industries. These leaders share a few traits, including finding meaning in their work, seeing the world positively even after setbacks, and being unafraid to seize unexpected opportunities. Among the women who begin to tell their stories in this video are Andrea Jung, of Avon, Stella Rimington, a former director of British Intelligence, and Shelly Lazarus, CEO of Olgilvy & Mather.

*Source:  McKinsey Quarterly, AUGUST 2008,


April 26, 2011


Strategy For Success -- Deal With Resistance from Womenworking.com

Denice Torres, President, McNeil Consumer Healthcare unit, Johnson & Johnson


Ms. Torres was recently named head of the McNeil unit and officially started her job on this past Monday, April 25, 2011.  She has responsibility for such commonly known over-the-counter drugs as Tylenol, Motrin, Rolaids, and Benadryl.  Before coming to Johnson & Johnson in 2005, she spent 14 years at Eli Lilly.


Ms. Torres is being featured on WOMEN AT LIBERTY's Leadership Tuesday's because of a recent article on Womenworking.com, "Strategy For Success -- Deal with Resistance".  In this article, she shared some great advice and strategies for dealing with resistance.  Additionally, she recalled a meeting she attended just after being promoted by a mentor.  She sat quietly in the meeting because she was a little intimidated by the other executives and she was 'afraid she couldn't keep up with the conversation'.  Torres said her mentor, Alan Clark, gave her the following advice:


"Alan pulled me aside and said, 'I didn't promote you to sit and say nothing. I want you to start talking!' He jolted me right out of it; sometimes we need someone to just throw us into the water."1


Mr. Clark's advice also reinforces advice given to a TED audience of women by Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, about the need to "sit at the table" and be fully engaged. See the March 22 video blog on this website, "Why we have too few women leaders".


For the complete text of the Womenworking.com article on Ms. Torres, please click here.  Also to see the Wall Street Journal article announcing Ms. Torres' new appointment, please click here

1.  "Strategies For Success -- Deal With Resistance", Womenworking.com, April 2011