Where Are the Women?

Frontier Communications CEO Maggie Wilderotter’s Tips for Women Leaders

  • Refuse to be invisible. Take high-profile assignments and make sure your contributions are recognized and acknowledged. There’s a balance between hubris and humility. Find it.
  • Absolutely, positively, gain field expertise. There is simply no substitute for P&L responsibility. It has to be a big part of your work experience if you eventually want to be in the C-Suite—because results matter.
  • Network. Every encounter is a chance to make a connection. Attend events that attract CEOs. Meet them, build relationships and follow up. Networking allows you to think about your career strategically and to assess where you have gaps.
  • Pursue a board seat. Get to know the nominating committees of the boards of companies that interest you.
  • Volunteer to speak. Gain a public profile. You know more than you think you know. Share it and cultivate a profile.
  • Write articles and/or be available for comments. Become known as a go-to person. Be an expert others can tap.