Michelle Peluso

Michelle Peluso

Michelle Peluso, SVP and Chief Marketing Officer of IBM. Among her previous roles, Michelle was CEO and a Board Member of Gilt,  Global Consumer Chief Marketing and Internet Officer of Citi, and CEO of Travelocity. 

"One thing I talk about is simplification. As the world gets faster and faster, it’s important to be good at understanding what your priorities are and how you spend your time, and editing out the things that are noise. You have to stay really focused."

"When I speak to women, I also talk about grace, one of my favorite words. If you’re going to live a bold life, and if you’re going to take risks and try to step out of your comfort zone, you are going to occasionally fail, make some missteps and disappoint yourself. There are going to be times where you’re not going to be the mom you want to be, and sometimes you’re not going to be the C.E.O. you want to be. Grace is meeting those moments on the journey, then picking yourself back up, being humble enough to learn and not being too hard on yourself. You need something that is going to ground you and comfort you. For me, that’s grace.” 

New York Times, Photograph via Medium

Rita Dove

Rita Dove

Caron Proschan

Caron Proschan