President and head, Wells Fargo Advisors
Mary Mack, president and head of Wells Fargo Advisors, has had an exemplary and varied career, with decades of leadership in the financial industry. She serves as a high-level, high visibility role model and generously shares her insights with others.
Advising young women is especially close to Ms. Mack's heart, as she has three daughters.
"I talk to a lot of young women getting to critical points in life and they ask, 'How can we make this work?'" she said.
"I've been through three mergers," Ms. Mack said. "I've had to bob and weave and find another job myself."
She shares the tips for success and resilience she's learned through personal experience and trial and error.
• "Be flexible and be willing to reinvent yourself," Ms. Mack said. "The first time is the hardest. Embrace the change. Look for opportunities to raise your hand. Be a part of the change, not a victim of it."
• "Stay grounded. Be aware of what you're really good at," she said. "Think about: Where can I add value while I'm going through a learning curve? Doing this gives you a sense of control and gives you confidence."
• "This is a defining characteristic for me — be authentic," Ms. Mack said. "I'm a 'What you see is what you get.' The reason you were hired is who you are. Don't try to conform. I expend all my energy at work, so I don't have the energy to change into something I'm not. People value that."
• "Know what's important to you. Know what your 'yes' is," she said. "Figure out when it's right to say no to something. It takes courage. You may worry, 'Will I be not seen as being eager?' But embrace your 'Nos.'"
— Deborah Nason