As part of our celebration of March as Women’s History Month and March 9, 2018 as International Women’s Day, we participated in Mediaplanet’s Women in Business campaign in USA TODAY.
Rose Zhong, Vice President of Finance at Fundbox, is featured in this article, Modern Leadership As Told by Women in Power. Also featured are Jennifer Hyman, founder and CEO of Rent the Runway; Sharon Adkins Green, Chief Marketing Officer, Mary Kay Cosmetics; Ursula Burns, Chairwomen of VEON and former Xerox CEO; and Carrie Shaeffer, Vice President & Division Manager, Aviation of Swinerton Builders.
“It’s vital to build trust and strong relationships with your direct team and your peers.”
On the subject of effective leadership in the modern age, Rose shares these pieces of advice: “It’s vital to build trust and strong relationships with your direct team and your peers, and that you understand what’s important to people in the organization. Also, understand how to leverage data to inform or validate assumptions, but be aware of how the data was constructed and what could be missing from the picture. Lastly, learn how to execute fast and what tradeoffs are okay to make (and which ones are not).”
Rose and the rest of this panel of accomplished business leaders discuss their career paths and experiences, as well as the obstacles they’ve encountered along the way.
Advice for the next generation
When asked for her biggest piece of advice for women seeking success in her industry today, Rose emphasized the value of networking and doing your research. She encourages young women to “put the time in via networking and research to find the best environment where your skill sets will allow you to create immediate value. It’s paramount that you have the ability to execute in order to deliver the right results that your company needs.”
In the end, she says, “being able to plan and deliver end results will significantly multiply your opportunity to succeed.”
Promoting women in business
In this Women in Business campaign, Fundbox is united with other industry leaders to highlight the improvements that have been made for women, while encouraging readers to invest in the education, training, hiring and promoting of women and girls.
The campaign was distributed through USA TODAY on March 9th 2018, and you can find it online here.