The Rimel File Featured

9:57am EDT April 25, 2005
Born: Charlottesville, Va.

Education: University of Virginia, bachelor's degree in nursing; James Madison University, master's in business administration

First job: Nursing

Involvement: Deutsche Banc Scudder Funds board; vice chair of Monticello - The Thomas Jefferson Foundation; appointed to President Bush's Council on Service and Civic Partnership; Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee member; member, American Philosophical Society; fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia

What is the most important business lesson you've learned?

Understand your strengths, work to improve your weaknesses and appreciate that your reputation and integrity and the trust you have in others and others have in you is the most important asset you have.

What has been your toughest business challenge?

You make a lot of decisions, and you want to keep the momentum. But you need to do that in a way where you are not making choices that are not well-informed. You must make sure that you benefit from the expertise that your staff brings to the table.

Whom do you admire most in business and why?

Dr. Tom Langfitt, who serves on the board of the Trusts, mentored me early in my career and gave me much encouragement when I needed it. I also greatly admire people who have overcome initial adversity.

I think here of Joe Neubauer with Aramark. And I admire deeply those who make a decision to give all of their money back to the public good.