Sarita Nayyar, Managing Director at World Economic Forum USA
"Over my 30 years of working in and with corporate America, the most insightful advice I’ve received is in two areas – first, one of my (male) bosses suggested that it's worth asking yourself the question, 'Do you want to be right or do you want to win?' As a perfectionist, I often focussed on the ‘right’ answer but realized that there can be different paths to winning (achieving your goal) and it's okay to lose a battle if you can win the war. The second piece of advice came from a female coach who said, 'Your network is your net worth.' This insight made me balance my priorities to invest more in myself by building a network of professionals whom I could trust. I find these pieces of advice apply to my personal life as well.”
At the World Economic Forum, Sarita plays multiple roles overseeing CEO-level relationships across several industry sectors, leading initiatives on Consumption and Food Security and heading the New York office. Previously a SVP and GM at Kraft Foods, Sarita currently serves on the Board of Advisors of the Freedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and previously served on the board of the Forté Foundation, a consortium of top business schools and leading companies working to increase the number of women business leaders.
Photograph courtesy of Sarita