THE EARLY DAYS

THE EARLY DAYS

I joined the company on the Bounce brand, can you believe how young I look in that photo!? Among many important lessons, two have really stuck with me. First, you can study anything and come from any background. The success factor is how you think, and how you approach problems and people.

I had a finance/science background, and I remember at least one other teammate came from a very different background, too – Susan had previously played in a philharmonic orchestra! Yet, our team brought our different backgrounds and ways of thinking together, and had a blast working together.

FRIENDSHIP & FUN

When I transitioned to the Pantene business, I found a lifelong friend and great partner in Sarah. She was one of the most intelligent, passionate, and driven people I’d met, and I learned so much in our time together. As the Customer Market Knowledge partner to our brand management team, we often traveled together on research.

We found lots of moments of fun, like the unforgettable time a research attendee struggled to say “John Frieda hair serum” properly, and repeatedly raved about the wonderfully creamy texture of her “hair semen”. I sat in the back room and watched the back of Sarah’s bun shiver as she repressed her laughter during the interview. In shopper research, we often arrived early to set shelves, and stayed late to clean up. I found this photo of us doing (and I think, winning) one of our famous shopping cart races!

THE VALUE OF COMMUNITY

We moved around quite a bit with the company, starting with Guangzhou in the early 2000’s, where our local community became our family. In addition to the tight friendships made with fellow expats, we were honored to become godparents to our driver’s baby. We had the honor of sitting at the head table of baby Ray’s 100-Day Celebration, when this photo was snapped. In Arkansas, we loved our local community – it was the perfect place to grow our family. Laini was born in Fayetteville, and our neighbors were an incredible support network. I’ll forever be grateful to Younga, Tia, Tami and Julie, who graciously eased my transition to motherhood. 

IMMERSING IN LOCAL CULTURE

Sometimes, a group of expats went out together to experience the culture and prepare for local events. In this photo, a group of us went to a local seafood place to practice eating water cockroaches, so we could do it with nonchalant ease while dining with our local teams. I met other lifelong friends who mean so much to me, throughout my career at P&G, too. Vivienne became my mentor at work… later, my personal life mentor… she’s now my daughter’s godmother. I love her and her family dearly. Gina was my agency partner, who became a close friend. With her, I learned the power of positive debate. We didn’t always agree, and with two passionate personalities, engaged in (and role-modeled) healthy debate. Neither of us was afraid to share our point of view, but we also listened to the opposing view with respect. And always ended up at a place we felt was best for the business, even while deepening our relationship and strengthening the bonds of trust between us. How grateful I am for these incredible women in my life!

‘best of’ moments…

Dan and I worked together on Pantene ages ago – and are still close. We recently celebrated his birthday!

Dan and I worked together on Pantene ages ago – and are still close.
We recently celebrated his birthday!

Amy and I worked together in Hair Care… nearly two decades later, she moved into our Shanghai house when she joined Levi’s as MD and I flew to Seattle with Starbucks. I love how these things happen among friends!

Amy and I worked together in Hair Care… nearly two decades later, she moved into our Shanghai house when she joined Levi’s as MD and I flew to Seattle with Starbucks.
I love how these things happen among friends!

I worked for Mila, and we became good friends. She’s truly an inspiration!

Mary Anne has been a role model to me for many years. As the first female VP in Supply Chain at P&G, she was and is a trailblazer! We took this photo when I invited her to come help Apple think through how we might build a more systemic approach to our growth ambitions.

Mary Anne has been a role model to me for many years. As the first female VP in Supply Chain at P&G, she was and is a trailblazer! We took this photo when I invited her to come help Apple think through how we might build a more systemic approach
to our growth ambitions.

We met in our 20’s, introduced our babies in our 30’s, and still love and respect each other in our 40’s. XO Ju

Vivienne was my closest mentor at P&G, who has since become a precious lifelong friend and godmother to Laini. She, Jim, and their whole family are wonderful and like family to us!

Vivienne was my closest mentor at P&G, who has since become a precious lifelong friend and godmother to Laini. She, Jim, and their whole family are wonderful and
like family to us!

I had the privilege of working with this incredible R&D leader twice: in haircare and again in health care. Lisa, you’re a force of nature!

I had the privilege of working with this incredible R&D leader twice: in haircare and again in health care.
Lisa, you’re a force of nature!

I had the privilege of working with some of the funniest, warmest, and most amazing women on the Walmart retail team.

I had the privilege of working with some of the funniest, warmest, and most amazing women on the
Walmart retail team.

Gina led our account team at the agency. We became great friends, even to this day! She’s an extraordinary woman, leader, wife and human.

Kim was an inspiring leader in supply chain, who taught me so much. We also had a lot of fun together!

I’m so grateful to  my ABMs, who were so patient with me as I learned how to manage. Many of us are still close!

Liqi and I had an immediate connection and have stayed close ever since.

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