March 11, 2014 — Welcome to the latest in our series of #WomenCan profiles, highlighting executives and experts who are transforming workplaces and are Catalysts for change within their companies and fields.
Meet: Terry A. Hildebrand, International Talent and Development Director, The Coca-Cola Company.
Coca-Cola was one of the 2013 Catalyst Award Winners.
Early influences: My dad worked for the Canadian navy and as a family we moved around a lot. I consider these experiences critical to becoming the person I am today. By always having to go into new situations, I developed the ability to learn quickly and adapt to new people and new environments—something that is very important in business and my life.
Career path: I have an MBA and PhD in Organizational Behavior from the University of Western Ontario School of Business Administration. I’ve been with the Coca-Cola Company for 17 years. My roles have included: Global Talent and Development Director; Global Director, Program and Organizational Development in Coca-Cola University; Director, Worldwide Strategic Planning; and Global Director, Organization Capability and Individual Development. I am currently the International Head of Talent and Development, leading an international team responsible for talent management, Coca Cola University and organizational development. These are all core to the Company’s 2020 Vision goal to “attract, engage, and retain the best talent” and make Coca-Cola “a great place to work.” One of my goals is developing diverse leadership with a focus on women as a core business strategy.
Establishing executive presence: One way is to be succinct when you communicate. You’ll notice that most men in leadership roles do not take a long time to make a key point. One way to develop this ability is to get media training. It helps you learn to make your points clearly, plus has the added advantage of helping you learn how to deal with challenging questions in an effective manner—which is important for any executive.
Work-life effectiveness: Though I sound like I’m 100% about business, life is just as important to me. I don’t have kids, but my nieces and nephews are the light of my life, and I make sure we have quality time together. Prioritize the things that are important in both your professional and personal life.
Best advice: The most important thing you can do early in your career and going forward is to learn the business, how it works, how money is made, and what are its key success and competitive advantage factors. This will help you be more effective no matter what role you have in the organization.
Hear more of Terry’s comments, from the Catalyst Connects panel at our 2013 Catalyst Awards Conference.
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