Alesia Lewis, Global Head of Tax and Treasury at The Washington Post, knows a thing or two about the power of the pivot, as she explains in this inspiring WomenAdvancing interview. Be it by moving from Belarus to Atlanta, GA, for an exchange program that shifted the direction of her life from translator to accountant, or taking her knack for numbers and finance from the halls of PricewaterhouseCoopers and activating it at The Washington Post, Alesia urges all of us to be the CEOs and advocates of our careers. Sure, have a plan, but be agile and flexible when it leads you to unexpected opportunities to stretch and grow.
Alesia encourages leaders on three key gifts to their teams: Coach and educate, instill a desire for lifelong learning, and embody and encourage self-care. Part of this self-care is becoming more financially literate, something that contributes greatly to sound wellbeing. Alesia lauds the effort that The Washington Post puts into supporting the women in the organization through its Advancing Women In Network (AWIN). Through programs such as this, women are encouraged to support one another -- especially during times of great success. By doing so, this is when we can all truly rise. Her word for the future of women is "brilliant," which makes sense as her wisdom is exactly that.
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