ABM’s Women in B-to-B Awards Celebrates an Era of Change
Four executives honored in New York.
American Business Media president Gordon Hughes opened the Women in
Business-to-Business Honors in New York last night by recalling that
when he first joined ABM, there was only one woman on its board of
directors. “What a difference 10 years makes in our industry,” Hughes
said. “Today we are going to celebrate an era of change.”
day after President Barack Obama’s inauguration, both Hughes and CBS
News correspondent and 2008 Crain award recipient Erin Moriarty
highlighted the advances that women have made since the 1960s,
paralleling them with the fight of Obama’s predecessors fought in order
to make the election of a black president a reality.
included Ogilvy North American co-CEO Carla Hendra, Platts/McGraw-Hill
global energy division president Victoria Chu Pao, M2MEDIA360 president
and CEO Marion Minor, and General Electric global executive director,
advertising and branding Judy Hu.
When asked how they were able
to achieve c-level successes, Hendra, said: “It’s not a plan,”
crediting work ethic and the willingness to fail as key components to
climbing the corporate ladder.
“Always make sure you are
slightly uncomfortable in your position,” said Chu Pao. “When you can
do it with your eyes closed, it’s time for a new challenge.”
an odd moment, considering the venue, Chu Pao announced to attendees
that she recently decided to step down from her position at McGraw-Hill
to move to Tennessee for her husband’s new job at Vanderbilt
University. “For me, this is a personal decision,” she said. “I’ve
received a lot of shocked reactions from friends and coworkers.”