Manual Dont Forget the Soap (And Other Reminders from My Fabulous Filipina Mother)
Senior executives will often go out of their way to seek my input because of my ability to sense when something is off whether in a meeting, a plan or a leader. They also like my collaborative approach in addressing sensitive and critical areas. What woman do you consider as your role model and inspiration and how has she impacted your career?
I consider myself very lucky. I had a great example of how you could pursue career and family. Growing up with my mother, I saw firsthand how you could have dinner every night with your kids, have a successful career, even pursue your passion projects on the side until they morphed into your career, and give back to your community. Because of this, I never felt like I had to choose between one or the other. It works the other way around too.
At one point, before I got married and had children, some people assumed I may not want a family because I was actively pursuing my career. Do you think having a family is a barrier to being successful in your career? Why or why not?
No, but you have to be willing to make your own rules. When I first got here, I followed what seemed to be the default schedule which meant a later start to what I was used to in New York and a later end. Not only did I find myself staying late in the office but when I got home, because I was managing the Global Client business, I was also on evening calls with New York.
After a few months I realized I would need to adjust my schedule to make time for family. Being at the office when my kids were having dinner and going to bed was not required to get the job done. I made a schedule that worked for me and had no negative impact on my boss or my team.
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I came to the office early and got home in time to have dinner with my kids and then got back online to answer emails and take calls after they went to bed. Had I listened to all the people telling me not to take this job while my kids were young I would have missed out on an incredible opportunity to work in Asia.
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Be intentional and disciplined about making sure that both women and men have equitable access to experience, feedback, sponsors and promotions. In the office, work with HR and managers to prioritize a diversity of talent. What is the challenge for the next generation of women leaders? Today, women are better off than ever. We have female astronauts and prime ministers, women are successfully managing their own businesses, more women than men are even pursuing advanced degrees.
But the fact remains that across the globe women are still not paid equally to men and women are still not present in equal numbers in leadership roles. Of all the people in parliament in the world, 13 percent are women. In the corporate sector, where we all work, the share of women who hold top jobs and board seats is no more than 15 percent.
How can women play a bigger role as change makers in society? If we want more women in leadership roles, we need more women to pursue both professional success and personal fulfillment. If more women could strike this balance, more women would reach leadership positions across all sectors of society. What is your advice for women who are just starting out their careers? Build a strong and diverse network of people men and women with whom you have meaningful connections — a tall stack of business cards serves no purpose.
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Mentors and sponsors are critical to your career development so you must make time to regularly cultivate these relationships. You must be logged in to post a comment. The food industry is coming under increasing scrutiny for its environmental impact, from greenhouse gas emissions, to excessive and detrimental land and water usage, to chemical pollution. The contribution of livestock to global greenhouse emissions is estimated at between Combining her Filipino upbringing, United Nations exposure, Ivy League education, and reminders from her mother, this Filipina American financial services guru was able to climb the corporate while keeping her feet on the ground.
She left the firm in to join friends and former Yale classmates who were starting an internet company focused on small business needs. In she joined Citi Cards in the US where she led the shift from traditional to online marketing. In she started working on the international side of the business covering local markets including Brazil and the Philippines.
Since then she has held various senior level positions including her most recent role as Asia Pacific Regional Director. Throughout her career, Claire has merged her passion for creating exceptional client experiences with the desire and drive for global innovation. Lim Moore and her family were celebrated by over persons who attended the Manila book launch and signing last December 6, at Fully Booked in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
From someone who is probably among the highest-ranking Filipina Americans in global finance, comes a book — not about the steps to take at the corporate ladder, or the tips to note to get the corner office, or get admitted in Yale, but a memoir of how her mother, Lenore Lim, an early education teacher and artist, taught her the importance of balance — in work and in love, in academics and socials, and in time and money.
Combining her Filipino upbringing, United Nations exposure, Ivy League education, and reminders from her mother, this Filipina American financial services guru was able to climb the corporate while keeping her feet on the ground.
Growing up the 'Fabulous' way
She left the firm in to join friends and former Yale classmates who were starting an internet company focused on small business needs. In she joined Citi Cards in the US where she led the shift from traditional to online marketing. In she started working on the international side of the business covering local markets including Brazil and the Philippines. Since then she has held various senior level positions including her most recent role as Asia Pacific Regional Director.