Angela Ahrendts, senior vice president for retail at Apple and the former CEO of Burberry, has one big piece of advice for her two daughters Sommer and Angelina: Be present.
Ahrendts sent that message in a letter she wrote as part of a campaign called “To my daughter” put on by executive search firm Egon Zehnder. It’s part of a larger initiative called Leaders & Daughters that features a series of live events aimed at highlighting the challenges facing the next generation of professional women and tapping into the experience and insight of accomplished leaders.
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Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments and board member of Estee Lauder and Starbucks, also joined the “To my daughter” campaign. She wrote a message to her three-year-old daughter by pulling from what W.E.B. Du Bois told his own daughter in 1914: Be honest, frank, and fearless.
In her letter, Maryam Banikarim, executive vice president and global chief marketing officer of Hyatt Corporation, encourages her daughter Natasha to “go for it.”
The campaign is not limited to female leaders. Eric Sprunk, chief operating officer of Nike, tells his daughter to pursue a full life, professionally and personally:
NFL player Martellus Bennett, who won the Super Bowl with the New England Patriots in February, also got in on the act, penning a touching note to his young daughter (who famously hijacked his post-Super Bowl press conference):