A world leader

Cecilia A. Mowatt's international rite of passage

to time when they need to, and to let them know [I’m] there for assistance but [that I can’t take] it on.

“I guess [because] I’m such a people person, trying to ascribe to ‘We’re all created equal’ has been an issue for me because it’s not the corporate philosophy. I’ve learned to recognize and draw from people [who excel] in a different area [than I], and [to] recognize where [my excellence is] beyond theirs.”

Fearlessness: “One thing my degrees and my education have given me is a complete lack of fear in the corporate world. By studying and practicing law, I have the ability to walk out the door and hang up a shingle. My legal background affords me an independence that some corporate managers don’t have. That translates into my ability to do what I think is right in terms of [my] fiduciary duties [with] the company I work for and [my] managerial duties, to make sure we make right decisions. It’s allowed me to stand out and make a difference and make sure that people understood what implications there were for the decisions that were being made. At the end of the day it’s a job, and I can always get another job or create my own.”

Advice to Professionals: “The rewards I hang my hat on are the differences I’ve made in people’s lives because at the end of the day, you’ve got to deliver the goals and objectives of your company. That goes without saying.”

“There are two poems [with philosophies] I ascribe to: Until One is Committed by Goethe, and the anonymous All in a State of Mind. Committed is a word that has two parts to it; it’s a promise plus a performance. You make a promise to yourself and to others, and then you perform for yourself and for others. You must work and get the job done — that goes without saying. But affecting people’s lives — not every manager can do that. I always want people to understand and know I care.”

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