Q: What program are you facilitating for the XLC and why are you passionate about this topic?
We call the program The Future of Leadership for Millennials. Our vision is to have fully engaged employees in a thriving organization. Whether you’re a new or a seasoned manager, the biggest challenge today is leading across multiple generations of employees who have vastly differing views on their careers. We want to solve this with our approach to the future of leadership. I spent almost 18 years at Procter & Gamble running several businesses and as a corporate trainer in P&G’s Leadership Academy. For me, the most rewarding moments were in building into other leaders.
Q: Talk about Thrivera and why you decided to start your own company?
I left P&G in early 2015 and started Thrivera out of a love for storytelling. My dad was an amazing storyteller who grew up in a small farming village in the heart of the Philippines raising sugar cane. He ran away to get a college education, and as an engineer he bootstrapped his way to make his American dream come true. As a kid listening to stories like these, I fell in in love with the art of storytelling. Stories became natural to me, which is why I love brand building, because every brand has a story to tell. Now, I work with businesses & startups who want to find a voice, a purpose, and a story.
Q: When you’re not working, what are your favorite hobbies and interests? How do you like to spend your free time?
My family tells me I work too much, so we like to get away to go on excursions and explore. This summer, we’re hitting the Grand Canyon and southern Utah to explore Zion, Arches, and Bryce Canyon. I’ll be sure to bring carry my camera, although my girls hate it when the camera comes out. Apparently, I take too many pictures.
Q: What is your best piece of advice for up and coming leaders?
Leadership is about people and not just the goal. It’s too easy for a young manager to get trapped into being so goal obsessed that they leave a trail bodies along the way. In my opinion, a strong leader is able to reach their goals AND inspire others to loyally follow.
Q: If you could travel with one famous person, who would it be and where would you go?
That’s a great question. I’d love to travel with Elon Musk. Have you seen what he’s doing with SpaceX? He wants to put people on Mars by 2025. That’s the next frontier for space travel. It takes about 2.5 years round trip, which would be ample enough time for me to pick his brain on a few topics.