First job: It was when I was in high school, and it was at the company that I later joined, Dry Storage Corp. Dry Storage was founded by my father in the ’60s, and I worked inventory control and order processing. And, of course, we did everything by hand on carbon forms then.
Whom do you admire most in business and why?
Nina McLemore. When I met her ... she was running a $500 million division of a well-known clothing company, and I was just so impressed with how she handled herself. Secondly, she combined her career interest with personal passion of helping young women businesses get what they needed. She is actively involved in this woman’s group called The Center for Women’s Business Research. She has gone on since then to two other careers. She became a venture capitalist, she got an MBA from Columbia, and she started her own business (Nina McLemore LLC), which is very successful, and has continued that passion for women’s leadership, and she’s very active in The Committee of 200, my favorite organization.
If you could be one superhero, who would you be and why?
My first instinct is who I want to be, not a superhero, and who I want to be is Barbra Streisand. As a young woman, I remember listening to Barbra Streisand, and I just thought she was so incredible. ... When you saw her on TV or in person, she was just so outstanding and talented and so strong about it. I haven’t thought about her much in a lot of years, but I always thought her passion and her excellence was just amazing. So I can’t call her a current superhero, but she’s someone in my life that I’ve always wanted to be like.