Marillyn Hewson, Chairwoman, President, and CEO of Lockheed Martin, the largest defense contractor in the world. She is their first female leader.
"When an opportunity comes along, if it makes sense for you to take it, don't hold yourself back. Just as my mother said, 'You can do anything if you put your mind to it, you work hard and you take that responsibility,' and I think that that would be my message.”
As a child, her mother would send her to buy groceries, giving her $5 for items she knew would cost closer to $7. "She'd say, 'Make it- I know you could make it work, here's the list,' and yeah that was a challenge. That teaches you very quickly, you know, how to look for the best buy in the grocery store so that you can get everything for the family within that value. She wanted us to be able to do what we needed to do, and I bring that into the business world in a similar fashion. I think it's important for people to be prepared. We prepare our leaders for the next job by giving them experiences, giving them the education and things so that when they are faced with a new challenge they've had a collection of experiences to draw on so that they can be successful."
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