Finding Your Path: How Amazing Women Shaped Their Careers
We spend the first 20 years of our lives being asked what we want to be when we grow up. Then we spend the next 20 finding out for ourselves.
And though that can be exciting, it’s not easy. The first part of our lives is, with few exceptions, a step-by-step, guided path: Elementary school. High school. College. But after that, the roadmap stops. While you might have dreams and ideas of what you want to achieve in your career, the path getting there isn’t easily paved. And it’s different for everyone.
That’s why we’re bringing you this series: Over the next few months, 40:20 Vision will feature successful 40-something women sharing their stories on how they found their career path, and the lessons they’ve learned along the way. While everyone’s career path is ultimately different, we also know there’s a lot we can learn from the journeys of those who’ve been there.
Mary Jo Cook, Chief Impact Officer, Fair Trade USA,
Former VP, Innovation at Clorox
Many women look for ways to combine a passion for giving back with a successful career. Others are torn between entrepreneurship and a corporate path. But Mary Jo Cook decided to do it all.
Whitney Johnson, Author, Dare, Dream, Do; Co-Founder, President, Rose Park Advisors
Whitney Johnson started her career at age 30 with a music degree and a few years of secretarial experience, then went on to launch an investment firm and her own book. Read on for her true story of following big dreams.
Amanda Hesser, Co-founder, Food52
Amanda Hesser started college as a Finance and Economics major, but quickly found that her passion lay in food. Check out how she changed course, and the enormous success she’s had since that big decision.
Joy Newton, Founder, Joy Newton™
Joy Newton has been an illustrator, an artist, a marketer, and more. But it took all those jobs to find her true passion: a handmade business that brings the beauty of the outdoors inside. Read on for how she found her path.
Michelle Madhok, CEO and Founder, SheFinds Media
As Michelle Madhok climbed the corporate ladder at CBS and AOL, she realized she was feeling increasingly stifled and longed to call her own shots. So when she got laid off, she took the opportunity and founded shopping company SheFinds. Here’s a closer look at her incredible path.
Sonia Misak, Global Client Partner at Hall & Partners
As a young girl, Sonia Misak knew she wanted to travel the world and never stop learning. But when it came time to find a job, it was less apparent how she could merge these two passions into one path. Find out more in this installment of “Finding Your Path.”
Sarah Gormley, Communications & Marketing Executive
Welcome to our new series, featuring the stories of successful 40-something women, how they found their career path, and the lessons they’ve learned along the way. Kicking us off is Communications and Marketing Executive Sarah Gormley.
About The Author
Christina Vuleta is a strategic consultant and creator of 40:20 Vision, a resource to start conversations, share experiences, and facilitate mentoring between generations. It provides advice from 40-something women to 20-something women (and everything in between) on what we have learned in life about career, passions, self-fulfillment, and relationships. Most recently a director at The Futures Company, a strategic marketing and trend consultancy, Christina has made a career out of understanding insights that drive women’s aspirations and life decisions.