On December 8, 2017, Los Angeles Confidential joined forces with Cadillac for "Driving the World Forward," a conversation with female entrepreneurs on the vision and tenacity needed to drive the world forward. The panel, supported by The XX Project and moderated by Melody Lee, Global Director of BOOK by Cadillac, included top female movers and shakers sharing their expertise and insights with an audience of fellow entrepreneurs and business leaders.
Panelist Dolores Tersigni is currently Chief People Officer at Headspace, Inc. where she oversees all People Operations functions. Previously, she was Vice President of Talent at Netflix, where she served as business partner to the content, communications, legal, and finance teams, and a member of the executive staff. Prior to the panel, she spoke with us about being bold and how passion and innovation drive the world forward.
Tell us about a time where you were bold and took a risk that changed the direction of your business/your career.
DOLORES TERSIGNI: I changed career paths after turning 30, which is typically when most people’s careers start taking off. I switched to a completely new industry and function; left a full-time job for a temporary contract opportunity because I knew it was something I wanted to pursue. I had to break through that fear and set my ego aside to start from the bottom again. It seems trivial now that I look back, but at the time was quite scary.
What are you most passionate about, and how does your passion drive your career and company?
DT: I’m passionate about figuring out how to set up organizations for success through building culture and giving people the tools they need to succeed—and then getting out of their way.
What role does innovation play in your day-to-day work?
DT: I try to stay away from ‘best practices’ when it comes to running People Operations. In an environment where competition for top talent is at an all-time high, developing cultures that allow for people to do their best work, and tackling complex issues around diversity and inclusion—you have to innovate. There is no playbook.
What do you see as the future of your industry, and where do you see yourself and your company in that future?
DT: I am part of an industry where we are all competing for people’s time. We are trying to win those moments of truth when a person can choose to do just about anything. We live in a world that is more connected than ever yet we feel more disconnected from one another individually as humans. Headspace’s mission is to improve the health & happiness of the world. If I can play a role in helping to achieve that mission, it will be the most rewarding experience of my career.
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