You Broke Through the Glass Ceiling… What’s Next?


Women are reaching farther, speaking louder, pushing harder and working smarter to establish themselves in the business world. Women executives are determined to break the glass ceiling, not only to achieve their career goals but also to advance women’s leadership globally. But what happens after the glass ceiling is broken? In the spirit of women’s leadership advancement, we gathered ten quotes from the C200 community to inspire women to lead their companies and lives with passion, bravery, and confidence.


“If you have a position of leadership and power and you don’t use it in a different way, then you’re wasting it.”
Pat Mitchell, Managing Editorial Director/Curator and Host – TEDWomen; C200 Member – C200 2019 Annual Conference Speaker

“Have enough confidence in your own ability and your ability to work hard and make good decisions and go into the unknown.”
⏤  Beth Mooney, CEO – KeyCorp; C200 Member – 2016 Corporate Innovator Luminary

“Be true to yourself. Throughout my career I have been offered many opportunities. I have always made sure what I do is an extension of who I am, not the other way around. It’s important to maintain that focus and think of yourself first. In my opinion, it’s the only way to be a great leader.”
Kimber Maderazzo, Former EVP of Brand & Product Marketing – The Proactiv Company; Chair-Elect – C200 Governing Board

“There’s a Harvard Business School thing that says, ‘Every 10 years you should replant yourself,’ and the only way to keep young is to learn new things and keep curious.”
Sherry Lansing, Former Chairperson – Paramount Pictures; Founding C200 Member

“Employees are a company’s greatest asset – they’re your competitive advantage. You want to attract and retain the best; provide them with encouragement, stimulus, and make them feel that they are an integral part of the company’s mission.”
Anne M. Mulcahy, Former Chairperson/CEO – Xerox Corporation; C200 Member – 2006 Corporate Innovator Luminary

“It’s not about having a specific set time; both personal and professional lives are 24/7. It’s simply, more about making the right allocation to each one and recognizing that it’s going to be different every single day”
⏤  Ellen Kullman, Former Chairperson/CEO – Dupont; C200 Member – 2009 Corporate Innovator Luminary

“Leaders must exemplify integrity and earn the trust of their teams through their everyday actions. When you do this, you set high standards for everyone at your company. And when you do so with positive energy and enthusiasm for shared goals and purpose, you can deeply connect with your team and customers.”
Marillyn Hewson, Chairperson/President/CEO – Lockheed Martin; 2014 STEM Innovator Luminary

“I am a firm believer in always playing up. I would always tell my daughter, ‘Don’t waste your time playing tennis with somebody at your level […] Play with somebody that’s a lot better than you.’ So I go after what I want.”
Tena Clark, CEO/Founder – DMI Music & Media; Event Chair – C200 2019 Annual Conference & C200 Board member

“Being a CEO still means sitting across the table from big institutional investors and showing your leadership and having them believe in you.”
⏤  Christie Hefner, Former Chairperson/CEO – Playboy Enterprises, Inc.; C200 Member – 2002 Philanthropic Innovator Luminary

“Don’t be afraid of imperfection. Things will rarely go as planned, so get ready to think on your feet, learn quickly and adjust. If you guide yourself and others by great values, put your energy into things you truly care about and use good judgement, something great will come of it.
Nancy Green, President/CEO – Athleta; C200 Member – C200 2019 Annual Conference Speaker

What has your leadership experience taught you?

Come inspire others and get inspired at the C200 2019 Annual Conference, taking place on November 7-10, 2019 in Beverly Hills, CA. Register for this transformational event, and join us as we turn up the volume and change the world together.