Career Advice from the First Woman President of an Ivy League University

Judith Robin is the President of the Rockefeller Foundation.  Prior to that, she was the President of the University of Pennsylvania.  She was the first woman to be named President of an Ivy League University.

Here are her three best pieces of career success advice.

  • It’s the quality, not the quantity of what you say.
  • Become your most loyal fan and most severe critic.  One or the other isn’t good.
  • Ideas without impact are not progress.

Three great pieces of advice.  I particularly like the second one.

You do need to be your biggest cheerleader.  Believe in yourself.  Reward yourself when things go well.  It’s not egotistical or arrogant to take credit for your achievements.

On the other hand, be willing to examine your behavior and results.  Don’t be afraid to admit that you’ve made a mistake.  Learn from your mistakes.  Use these learnings to help you move forward.

In the end, it’s about balance.  Be proud of your successes.  Be willing to admit to your failures.  Build on your successes.  Learn from your failures.

Your career mentor,


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