Inspirational Insights

We have the privilege of unprecedented access to exceptional women leaders from around the world. Here, we share some of their candid thoughts, inspirational insights, and practical tips exclusively for you the aspiring woman leader.

 



"There are great debates around the world about work-life balance and whether women can have it all. I am a great believer that you can have all of some things but not everything. That may sound like a distinction without a difference but its an important difference. Women must take hold of the choices they make very deliberately. Theyve got to decide in life what it is that they want. If that includes family and children then make a plan for that both at home and at work, one that works for them. Making those choices consciously and understanding that by putting something into your life you actually have to figure out what to take away if you are trying to make room for life and work is very important - probably the most important set of decisions women will make."

Katie Taylor

Chair of the Board, RBC and Former President and CEO, Four Seasons

Explore Who You Are

In this video, Lauren Nol, Managing Director, Quest, interviews successful women executives as part of our Taking Charge research. These exceptional women leaders share that they take the time to explore what they want out of work and life. They have a deep sense of their strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes and which company culture is a good fit for them. They have developed an authentic leadership style, and have crafted personal definition of success.

"I think some of the biggest challenges for women in the first decade of their careers are first figuring out who am I, where do I want to be, what are the skills and things about me that make me unique? I say to young people: what is the pearl you are adding to the universe? Think about who are you and what gets you out of bed in the morning. What do you have passion for? Then, go confidently towards that in your career. Not what your mom or dad or husband or sisters or friends think you should do, but what you want to do."

Betsy Myers

Former Senior Advisor to President Bill Clinton and Former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama

Hong Kong Economic Times

International Women’s Day

The QUEST NextGen Women Leaders Program hosted by BlackRock and Esquel Group in Hong Kong was featured in the Hong Kong Economic Times in celebration of International Women’s Day.

"Success to me is about a legacy. Your legacy may not necessarily be in monetary form. It can be in the form of: What do I add to the lives of the staff or to the community? How do I bring people along with me?"

Susan Yuen

Chief Executive Officer Hong Kong, National Bank of Abu Dhabi

NextGen Women Leaders Program New York Video

Participants from the NextGen Women Leaders Program hosted by Baker & McKenzie in New York share their insights.

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My career is a three lane highway. There are times when I will want to be in the slow lane, times when I want to go in the middle lane, and times when I want to go in the fast lane. Just make sure you put your turning signal on.

- Catherine Langreney -

Head of Geocycle, LafargeHolcim



I think some of the biggest challenges for women in the first decade of their careers are first figuring out who am I, where do I want to be, what are the skills and things about me that make me unique?

- Betsy Myers -

Former Senior Advisor to President Bill Clinton and Former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama



A plan is a nice thing to have, but a career is an obstacle course. Its not a path. There is no straight line. It winds, goes over hills and rocks and you have to jump across the stream a few times.

- Kristin Peck -

Executive Vice President US Operations, Zoetis