(Women on Top in Tech is a series about Women Founders, CEOs, and Leaders in technology. It aims to amplify and bring to the fore diversity in leadership in technology.)
Here is my interview with Nicole Sturgill, Principal Executive Advisor at CEB.
What makes you do what you do?
How did you rise in the industry you are in?
When we moved back to the U.S., I knew that flexibility and travel were just as important to me as the content of my work. My role at CEB has given me opportunities to develop skills and knowledge and has allowed me to travel and work from a place I love, first in New York and now in New Orleans.
Why did you take on this role/start this startup especially since this is perhaps a stretch or challenge for you (or viewed as one since you are not the usual leadership demographics)?
My current role, specifically, is constantly changing. Financial services technology is getting better every day and the challenges that banks face are always evolving. Helping banks and technology providers assess their problems and identify solutions requires me to constantly gain new knowledge and think creatively.
Do you have a mentor that you look up to in your industries or did you look for one or how did that work?
Now as a leader how do you spot, develop, keep, grow and support your talent?
Do you consciously or unconsciously support diversity and why?
What is your take on what it takes to be a great leader in your industry and as a general rule of thumb?
If I had to name one quality that a leader has to have, I’d say it’s empathy. It’s not easy to put yourself in another’s position, especially when there are vast differences in things like personal beliefs, lifestyles and education – but it’s worth it. A leader often has to make big decisions and understanding the positions of those affected are critical to making choices that uplift rather than discourage.
Advice for others?
To learn more about CEB, please see https://www.cebglobal.com/.
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