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Moms and Our Powerful Messages

On this Mother’s Day I am reflecting on the advice my mom shared with me. My mom always emphasized being financially independent and told me that I could be anything I set my mind to. Over the course of my career, I have had the opportunity to interview countless luminaries; CEOs, experts, celebrities and Olympians. What do the most successful people have in common? 99% of these people had parents who told them that with hard work, they too, could be anything.

Samantha Ettus and her mother, Sandy Ettus

Samantha Ettus and her mother, Sandy Ettus

Thanks to the MAKERS series, six women with hugely successful careers have given a window into the advice that their moms shared with them:

“She would always say to me, ‘You must leave behind more than you take. And if you can do that, it’ll add up to a good life over time.'”
- Ursula Burns, CEO, Xerox Corporation

“My mom told us ‘You can do anything you want’ …she was fabulous and she exposed us to so many different things.”
– Meg Whitman, President and CEO of Hewlett-Packard

“I just inherited her sense of resilience and hopefulness and enthusiasm for life that no matter what happened to you, you couldn’t maybe control that, but what you could try to control was how you responded to it.
- Hillary Clinton, Former United States Secretary of State

“My mother is probably the greatest inspiration in my life still today…She was a real role model.”
– Andrea Jung, Chairman of AVON

“As a child, it was just very clear to me that you could be a woman and you could do everything.”
- Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author

“My mother made me very independent and strong. And the most important thing she taught me is that fear is not an option.”
- Diane von Furstenberg, Fashion Designer

These moms are a powerful reminder of the influence that we are having every day as we raise our children. What messages will you leave as your legacy to the children in your life?

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