Belinda Johnson

Belinda Johnson

Belinda Johnson, COO of Airbnb

"Persistence pushes me to be bold and seek out the opportunities I’ve wanted. It starts by envisioning what you want, no matter how big or small, and believing that you can achieve it. You must be determined and willing to do what it takes to make the vision a reality."

"When I think back to the early years of my career, I wish I would have been less tolerant of the norms of that time. Compared to today’s generation, my generation didn’t call attention to unfair practices like equal pay and promotion tracks as often.I look at the current generation of women in the workforce and am in awe of their courage to create change and take a stance on the issues that matter to them. When I see there’s so much advocacy among women today to challenge unacceptable societal norms, I reflect on my early career and think about how I could have done more. I’m thankful to be in a position in my career where I can advocate for better policies and partner with future generations, like my daughters, to be a voice for change."

"Don’t be afraid to fail. Some of the best learnings I’ve had have happened through failure. That mindset has taken me far in my career. Also, I’ve never been afraid of rejection and that has given me the courage to go for opportunities at every level.”

QZ, photo via Wired

 

Jen Berrent

Jen Berrent

Maëlle Gavet

Maëlle Gavet