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Stefan is also the Founder of Stefan Homeister Leadership, a consultancy focusing on improving leadership performance and strategy via consulting, training, coaching, and keynotes. Stefan’s held a diverse career as Sales & Marketing Director of SAB Miller Europe and CMO for T-Mobile Germany where he had P&L responsibility for more than $8 billion. Stefan started his career at Procter & Gamble in various sales and marketing roles in Frankfurt, Brussels, and Geneva before becoming the Marketing Director for Healthcare and Pharma DACH. 

In this candid conversation – we’ll explore principles and ideas on leadership, branding, legacy, and what can be learned through the lens of podcasts, conversations, and storytelling. Be sure to check out Leitwolf wherever you get your favorite podcasts. https://stefan-homeister-leadership.com/en/podcast

 

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While many pay lip service to the importance of innovation and product superiority – Gordon and many other technical leaders know that words simply won’t cut it. Product superiority must be demanded, rewarded, and celebrated – with org structures and processes built to achieve it, led by senior line and R&D leadership, but importantly starting with the CEO and Board of Directors. In this conversation Gordon shares stories behind the products we love – what worked and didn’t – with lessons that are for more than just R&D’ers, but also rising business executives and students who want to foster an environment of innovation. 

Check out SUPERIOR PRODUCTS as an eBook / Kindle, or wherever your favorite books are sold. And for even more of Gordon Brunner’s learnings from his time as P&G’s CTO, be sure check out our past podcast conversation from September 2021 and November 2022.

 

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We honor Alumni in the following categories:

·       Community Service: For an individual who has made a significant contribution of their time, effort, and expertise to the community in which they live. The award can reflect a single event or a lifetime of work.

·       John E. Pepper Humanitarian: For an individual who has made a significant contribution to the human condition through their time, effort, or expertise, whether this was a single event or a lifetime of work. This award is intended to recognize actions that go well beyond efforts in a single community or location and serve mankind as a whole.

·       Diversity & Inclusion:  For an individual who has delivered exceptional results by leveraging a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. This person is a proven leader and role model who has inspired others to drive equality and to lead inclusively in the workplace and/or in society.

·       Early Achievement:  For an individual who, in the early stages of their career, has shown outstanding potential based on early achievements in innovation, entrepreneurship or general management. This awardee empowers those around them and makes a meaningful impact on the markets they serve, representing the best of P&G Alumni.

·       Innovation: For an individual who has contributed a significant innovation to the world of business during their career. This is an award to recognize creativity that has been translated into business success.

·       John G. Smale General Management: For an individual who has made a significant contribution to the world of business whether the result of a single event or concept or the compilation of a lifetime of achievements.

·       McElroy: Procter & Gamble has long been recognized as the preeminent consumer company in the world and it desires to maintain this position. This is specifically not a “Marketer of the Year” award to be focused solely on the marketing function nor on a single time period. Rather, this award is intended to recognize significant contributions to the art and science of satisfying the consumer whether that is the result of a single event or concept or the compilation of a lifetime of achievements.

 

To nominate an alum or to self-nominate, click here. You will be asked to provide contact information and LinkedIn profiles for you as well as the person you are nominating along with an explanation of the basis for your recommendation (max 500 words). If you are nominating someone other than yourself, please confirm that they want to be considered.

A committee of P&G Alumni peers will review all nominees and make the final selection, to be announced this Fall and recognized at the 2025 P&G Alumni Global Conference, June 13-14, 2025 in Berlin, Germany.   All recipients must agree to attend the awards ceremony in person.

 

Application deadline is Wednesday, May 1, 2024.

Today it is sharing with us a 2024 Town Hall event focusing on product innovation. Ever wonder about the systems, culture, and leadership principles that produced products that delighted consumers and how Procter & Gamble manages to sustain innovation year-after-year?

The discussion features alums Gordon Brunner and Bill James. In the decade they ran Procter & Gamble R&D five new brands, each with more than 1 billion dollars in sales, were launched and many, many upgrades. They are co-authors of the book: Superior Products. Gordon and Bill are joined by:

  1. John Pepper, retired CEO/Chairman of P&G and retired Chairman of Disney
  2. Meredith Meyer (Event Moderator), VP Veeva Systems and formerly CEO Infinite Potential, VP KnowledgeWorks and Brand Manager P&G

 

The event was sponsored by Synfiny Advisors and Johnson Investment Counsel.

View one minute appetizer entitled The WOW! Concept  View Full Forum Video

Thanks to the generosity of the P&G Fund for Gender Equality, all donations will be matched (up to $50,000). Give today and double your impact!

P&G alums, like you, are known to have the hearts of champions, a winning mindset, a competitive spirit, and a desire to make the world better. So open up your heart and donate to our International Women’s Day campaign! ”Give with the Heart of a Champion.”

Gifts of any size make a difference. $25 becomes $50. $50 becomes $100. Be a champion for change! 

Hanxi Brings Significant Contributions and Expertise to the P&G Alumni Network Board and the Community

Extensive Network: Hanxi possesses an extensive network in both the US and Asia business worlds due to her investment work. Her regular interactions with founders, senior executives, and investors enable her to bring sponsors and influential speakers to P&G events, enhancing networking and learning opportunities for alumni.

Strengthening Connections: Hanxi is committed to strengthening the connection between the China alumni network and the global network. She envisions hosting a global conference in China, providing Chinese alumni with the opportunity to contribute through sponsored auctions for the Global Foundation. This initiative not only promotes engagement but also showcases the vibrant Chinese alumni community.

Sharing Best Practices: Based in Shanghai and frequently traveling worldwide, Hanxi plans to meet with chapter chairs in different regions. Through these interactions, she aims to exchange ideas with other chapters and share the best practices implemented by the China alumni network. This collaborative approach fosters continuous improvement and mutual support among chapters.

Geraldine’s also SVP of news and entertainment at The Grio – a black-owned media platform owned by businessman and philanthropist Byron Allen. A media and journalism veteran, Geraldine’s held senior roles at CNN, NBC, PBS, ABC, and CBC – including being vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion for CNN Worldwide. A Canadian Jamaican living in New York, Geraldine never accepted setbacks on her journey – they were just challenges to overcome. From confronting racist administrators in college to accepting a fax machine invitation, Geraldine built a career that would always challenge the right story to be told. You can learn more about Geraldine’s work at Soundslikehate.org // splcenter.org

This is a past conversation from Raman’s other podcast, Modern Minorities, where each week we share minority conversations for all of our majority years. You’ll enjoy this candid conversation that we hope will provide new perspectives and learnings.

 

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He was also the founder and CEO of marketing startup, The Abundancy, and co-founded its holding company Abundant Venture Partners (AVP), an incubator focused on building media and healthcare companies. Before that, he was president of Starcom MediaVest Group, the world’s largest media agency. He also proudly served his country as a platoon leader in the U.S. Army. Andrew has been recognized by Advertising Age as a “Media Maven,” and was inducted into the American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement in 2008. Andrew has founded 9 companies, with 7 exits. And even worked on the Reflect Brand at P&G. You’ll enjoy this candid conversation about focusing on problems to solve, cultivating a curious soul, and practicing kind leadership.

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Meet the Nominees

 

Board Recommended Incumbent

In Alphabetical Order:

 

Ida Abdalkhani– Board Recommended Incumbent

  • Engagement with P&G and P&G Alumni activities 

Time at P&G: 2005-2010 where Ida served as Global Brand Manager for Olay Body Care, and Secret Deodorants after ABM roles on Downy and Bounce.

After resigning from P&G she backpacked around the world, became a Laughter Yoga instructor, and then started Ability to Engage, a consultancy that helps some of the world’s largest brands and companies (including P&G). Ability to Engage is an international award-winning company and Ida is a sought-after global speaker and Board Member for multiple organizations. Her varied experiences have helped her cultivate an understanding of the benefits of new and different perspectives. She strives to be inclusive and ensure we are all better for our interactions together.

Ida currently serves as the Secretary of the Global Board. In addition, she is the Enrichment Series Webinars Lead, Podcast Co-Host, and Board Member of the P&G Alumni Foundation.

  • Motivation to run for (re)election to the Board of the Global P&G Alumni Network

There is more to be done, therefore Ida wants to continue to contribute to the things that she is currently doing.

 

Stevi Gable Carr–Board Recommended Incumbent

  • Engagement with P&G and P&G Alumni activities 

Stevi Gable Carr spent just shy of a decade at P&G in Consumer & Market Knowledge,  Retail Design, Brand Expression, and Brand Capability in Global Baby Care, Global Fem Care, NA Hair Care, and Global Cosmetics from 2008-2010 and 2010-2017.

Stevi was foundational in creating the idea, and then developing and executing the Always Discreet Boutique.  She had the foresight and consumer understanding to realize there was a super-premium market for women in adult incontinence that would aim to make the experience of AI products move from diapers to underwear.  She convinced the President, R&D, PR, and Marketing. Discreet Boutique continues to deliver for P&G.

Stevi is passionate about catalyzing human potential and enabling individuals and brands to achieve their goals through healthy, intentional strategies to support resilient behaviors.

She founded Wise Wellness Guild in 2019 where she brought this inspiration and her entrepreneurial spirit to her own company.  Stevi has received considerable notice and awards for her commitments including being named to Cincinnati’s Women Who Mean Business and 40 Under 40, 2020 as well as Procter & Gamble Global Visionary Under 40 Winner at the 2019 Alumni Conference.

She is currently serving on the P&G Alumni Board. Stevi attended the Global Conferences in 2019 and 2023 and has supported the C-Suite Network, Enrichment Series, and Cincinnati Chapter since 2017.  Specifically, she partnered with Stuart Schaefer to deliver the Health Innovations Summit in 2019 in partnership with UC Health and UC 1819 Innovation Lab. This day-long event hosted hundreds of attendees and supported the amplification of P&G Alumni paving the way for health and wellness innovation in the region.

She moderated ES Webinars June-Dec 2023 and from July-Dec 2024.

  • Motivation to run for (re)election to the Board of the Global P&G Alumni Network

Stevi believes that the network can maximize impact by generating additional revenue to financially support holistic efforts aligned with network goals.  Through the establishment of the Revenue Committee, Stevi looks forward to identifying and activating key activities that can support meaningful paid opportunities for alumni to deepen engagement.

 

Lou Ann Eckert-Lynch–Board Recommended Incumbent

  • Engagement with P&G and P&G Alumni activities 

Being a Chemical Engineer by vocation, LouAnn started her career at P&G in 1978 in Production Management and eventually rose through the ranks in Human Resource Management, including North American, and Global roles. She retired in 2010 as HR Director, Global Employee Relations.
Today LouAnn consults with individual leaders and teams to drive performance and is a trained coach.

She has been actively engaged with the Global Alumni Network since January 2011 to represent the interests of female P&G Alumni globally. She currently is the Chair of the Women’s Forum within the Network as well as a Board Member of the Global Network. Under her leadership, the Women´s Forum is a very active and vital part of the Global Network. She has been an active contributor to all the past Global Alumni Conferences. LouAnn also is an active supporter of the Global Alumni Foundation.

  • Motivation to run for(re) election to the Board of the Global P&G Alumni Network

Much is still to be done for a full-on engagement of the Global P&G Alumni. Therefore, LouAnn wants to continue to lead, particularly the Women`s Forum as there are many more ideas on how to advance female leaders of all ages.

 

Jeff Goldstein–Board Recommended Incumbent

Driven to make a difference, helping people, companies, and the community.

President of ACUPOLL Precision Research, Inc. Cincinnati, Ohio.

Expertise Areas:  Vision, Strategy, Marketing, Innovation, Market Research, Consumer Products Growth Strategy, M&A, Leadership, seeing opportunities many others don’t.

  • Engagement with P&G and P&G Alumni activities

1988-1996: P&G Health Care Brand Management, P&G Health Care Globalization Time-Based Competition Team (recommended GBU structure), Corporate New Ventures

Global Alumni Board Member since I founded the Cincinnati chapter in 2005 and built it to over 1,000 members, with events ranging from 80-275 attendees, continuing on the Network board for nearly a decade and still active in events.

Led global alumni survey research: Created the 2004 alumni network survey to get feedback on the idea of creating local chapters; contributed to global conference surveys; conducted the 2015 global survey that led to the creation of the enrichment program; conducted the 2021 global survey that led to the new business model initiative; and surveys for enrichment, coaching, and African American engagement

Attended seven global conferences (all in the U.S., Toronto, and LATAM/Miami)

Secured a dozen or more sponsors for the Cincinnati chapter and sponsorship for the Global Conference

Secured participants for the C-Suite Forum

  • Motivation to run for (re)election to the Board of the Global P&G Alumni Network

I want to continue to lead the Global Board’s work to identify strategy business model improvements that will take the organization to a whole new level … and magnify the impact/benefit we have on the lives of alumni. I want to continue to connect with P&G alumni and help them however I can, and give back to the community which benefited me, my parents, siblings, and children (as I’m a 2nd generation P&G alum)

 

Ranu Gupta–Board Recommended Incumbent

As the Senior Product Delivery Leader for the Wells Fargo Small Business Digital Channel, I look for innovative ways to improve the lives of 10% of all US Small business customers, who are Wells Fargo customers and represent ~7% of US GDP. As a leader in the Digital Strategy & Innovation group, I am enabling one of the largest and oldest financial institutions in the world to re-invent itself into a digital powerhouse. I am also a serial entrepreneur and serve and have served on various profit and non-profit boards such as Vijona Africa, Playpal, Innovation Pavilion, University of Denver, and the SMU Tech Incubator.  I live in the Dallas metroplex, and I am a full-on geek with a passion for digitally enabled innovation, especially in the areas of co-living and education.

  • Engagement with P&G and P&G Alumni activities 

I joined P&G as an intern in the 90s and left in 2000 reluctantly headhunted out by GE to set up leadership development for their fastest-growing business at the time (now called GENPACT) and have lived in the US since 2006.

I re-engaged with P&G through the alumni network in 2018, and after the Madrid conference I restarted the Dallas Chapter, and since late 2021 was tapped to run the North American chapters as Regional Ambassador, and the Global Chapters as Membership Committee Chair. I have worked hard to facilitate a strong partnership with the chapters and the PGAN Foundation, in addition to rejuvenating existing chapters post-pandemic and restarting key ones like the SF Bay area Chapter. With over 67 global chapters led by 145 leaders, I am proud to say we represent one of the most vibrant alumni networks in the world.

  • Motivation to run for (re)election to the Board of the Global P&G Alumni Network

Attending my first alumni conference back in Madrid in 2019, I felt instantly energized and at home reconnecting with old friends and colleagues with shared values and mutual respect. That motivated me to restart the Dallas Chapter, and then take over responsibility for the North American and Global Chapters. My only major motivation, I must say is the pleasure it gives me to once again be working with people of high integrity and caliber that P&G represents. My way of giving back.

 

 Katya [Ekaterina] Lobynko–Board Recommended Incumbent

Katya is a digital leader with broad experience in driving digital transformation in FMCG and Pharma. She is based in Paris, France, and has an international background having lived in Malaysia previously. She is passionate about realizing the value and positive impact of technologies for consumers, employees, and businesses.

  • Engagement with P&G and P&G Alumni activities

Katya spent five years in P&G delivering digital initiatives in commercial and marketing areas in EMEA. Currently, she works as a director at Sanofi, a biopharma company.

Katya has served on the board of PGAN for a year, co-chairing the Enrichment Committee. She has been actively collaborating with the “Under 40” program to promote PGAN for younger audiences, recruiting a C-level speaker for the Podcast, and speaking in the webinar on AI and DEI topics.

  • Motivation to run for (re)election to the Board of the Global P&G Alumni Network

Katya wants to continue her engagement with the PGAN evolving to co-lead the “Under 40” domain and facilitate building connections among EU chapters to promote the mission to enrich, form connections, and inspire, as well as engage more young alumni to join the Network.

 

Michelle Solano–Board Recommended Incumbent

Business Management consultant and Board Member with 24 years of experience working for leading multinationals FMCG, Nutrition & Prestige Beauty organizations in Marketing (Brand Building, Media & Communications, Marketing Direction), Commercial, and Brand Direction positions. I’m based in Mexico City. I’m passionate about helping others, personally or professionally, and I love to be a go-to person when they need some help, just listening or giving some advice, if sharing my experiences can help.

I have had the opportunity to be part of best-in-class organizations and learned from them, so I believe now is my turn to share this with other people.

  • Engagement with P&G and P&G Alumni activities 

I’ve worked for P&G Mexico affiliate from 1999 to 2008 in Brand and Corporate Media departments. Besides my function role, I participated as train the trainer for the You the Coach program and supported an elementary school with a class program lectured by PG employees.

I’m currently part of the P&G Alumni Mexico Chapter Board, I participate in the Events Team organizing networking activities throughout the year, as well as in the Philanthropy Team.

  • Motivation to run for (re)election to the Board of the Global P&G Alumni Network

In Mexico, as in the rest of the word, we want to reach young ex-P&Ger to bring new people to the network, learn from the new generations, understand what motivates them to be part of the alumni community, provide them value-added benefits, and ensure continuity of the alumni project. Therefore, I’m interested in participating in the “Under 40” global team to be able to get worldwide learnings, propose new ways of attraction, and implement actions that will benefit the global community.

 

Eric Vanderschueren–Board Recommended Incumbent

  • Engagement with P&G and P&G Alumni activities

Worked 32 years at P&G from 1983 to 2015, based in six countries (France, US, Spain, Belgium, and Singapore), with assignments in Finance and Marketing. The last 15 years were spent in Global roles.

On the Board of the P&G Alumni Network since 2017, operating as Treasurer.  I work with the Chairman and fellow Board members to secure the success and the sustainability of the Network operations. With my Board colleagues, we have strengthened the financial viability of the Network and constantly look at opportunities to improve our business model.

  • Motivation to run for (re)election to the Board of the Global P&G Alumni Network

My motivation to run for re-election is to keep expanding the reach of the Network and to strengthen and diversify the offerings to P&G Alums. It is a small token to pay back for all that I received from the Company. Another motivation is to have the opportunity to engage with fellow alums. P&Gers are the main asset of the Company and it is a sheer pleasure to engage and work with them.

 

New Nominations

In Alphabetical Order:

 

Basile Choueri–New Nomination

  • Engagement with P&G and P&G Alumni activities…other things about me

I was hired by P&G in Aug 2001 as part of the initial team that established the Company in the Levant area. First hired as an ABM for Pantene & Crest, I found my passion in the Product Supply space, specifically Procurement. Initially for the Levant Hub but then I became one of the key members of the CEEMEA Purchasing team and managed several projects across the region along with running Procurement training for the Purchasing team.

I have been part of the P&G Alumni (UK Chapter) and have attended several chapter activities as well as engaged via various Webinars.

I left P&G in 2006 as I was head-hunted by BAT to establish their Indirect Procurement function across the Levant & Yemen region. Currently, I am the Operations Director for a recently established Business Unit within BAT called Beyond Nicotine where we are developing a portfolio (both Organic and Inorganic) of products to address consumer needs for Well-being & Stimulation, all products not including any Tobacco or Nicotine stimulants or even any form that is under BAT’s portfolio of brands (cigarette, e-cigarette or other). Our first launches are Functional Beverages (60ml shots) that are used for Mood Modulation using Caffeine, L-Theanine, and other natural ingredients/stimulants. My role is to design, develop, and implement the End-to-End Supply Chain, including the Supply Network, manufacturing the product at the required regulatory compliance level, and addressing all working processes and capabilities both upstream and downstream.

I have been based in London, UK for the last 15 years albeit I have been managing global roles working with people literally from across the world. I am originally born and raised in Lebanon.

I am also a co-founder and board member of an NGO that takes care of babies born with congenital heart diseases (called Heartbeat). The NGO was created in 2005 and we raise funds through concerts (that I contribute to preparing but also sing in) and Gala dinners where, every year we raised more than $1M and have helped operate on more than 350 kids per year.

  • Motivation to run for election to the Board of the Global P&G Alumni Network

I am fully motivated by the vision and mission of the Global Alumni Network.
Particularly, I feel that the network can benefit much more from the talent, ideas, and resources that the Middle East and Africa can bring and that are currently both under-represented or not tapped well enough into. My added value is to be able to rally that network and ensure it can power P&Gers to impact both local and global communities.

Therefore, I want to become the point-person for the Middle East and African continent to engage more fully with existing active chapters.  And be the conduit that will bring talent from these regions to the attention of the Global Network and bring ideas from active chapters in Europe, North- and Latin America, and Asia into the Middle East and Africa.

 

Tatiana Lannelongue–New Nomination

PROFESSION: Strategy, Financial, and Product Consultant to the High-Tech Industry.
LOCATION: Naples, Florida, USA (50%) ; Les Baux-de-Provence, FRANCE (50%).
LANGUAGES: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese (some).
EDUCATION: Electrical Engineer (B.S.E.E., M.S.) / Finance (CFA Program L1).
PASSIONS: Bringing to bear 30+ years of international experience in assisting companies, corporate to early-stage, to optimize, develop and deploy new products and services globally, maximize NPVs, and ensure success for the benefit of customers, employees, and shareholders.

  • Engagement with P&G and P&G Alumni activities 

I was part of the Engineering Organization at the European Technical Center (ETC) in Brussels from ~ 1985 to 1987. Our team was responsible for the ’harmonization’ of the electronic and software control systems used in all the detergent production sites across Europe. During my time at P&G, I worked on projects in France, the UK, Italy, Belgium, and Germany.

I have been part of the Catapult team since early 2023 and negotiated the contract with Republic, the Venture Capital firm selected to support fundraising for PGAN-led startups.
I have also been part of the PGAN Marketing & Comms team, representing the Catapult team, and have written several articles for publication: the PGAN newsletter, website, and LinkedIn page.

  • Motivation to run for election to the Board of the Global P&G Alumni Network

Working with the Board and Catapult team to identify, deploy, and promote potential revenue-generating activities that do not violate the PGAN 501 (c) status.
Promoting the PGAN value proposition to our European and South American chapters.

 

José Ignacio Sordo Galarza–New Nomination

  • Engagement with P&G and P&G Alumni activities

I began my career in Mexico City in CBD in 1987. Later, I relocated to Caracas, Venezuela, transitioning to IT and GBS, ultimately advancing to the role of Regional CIO for Latin America. Then moved to Cincinnati, assuming the responsibility for the Global IT Commercial Strategy, and retired in 2008.

I have actively engaged with the P&G Alumni Community in Cincinnati, Texas, and Mexico. I had the privilege to participate in speaking engagements for the Alumni community while also presenting the content of the two books I have written: “The Uncomfortable CEO” and “Leading with Strategic Thinking – Driving Strategy through Structure and Process”.

Other things about me

Bringing forth more than 25 years of experience steering global go-to-market strategies, commercial innovation, and digital transformation initiatives, I am a seasoned executive with a proven track record of success. My forte lies in program management, strategic planning, and catalyzing transformative change. Renowned for my vision-driven approach and exceptional communication skills, I have consistently delivered tangible results throughout my career. Currently residing in San Antonio, Texas, USA, I am fluent in both English and Spanish.

-I founded the Hispanic Innovation Center Chicago Foundation to support and promote the strategic use of information technology to advance educational achievement, impact community development, improve organizational structure, and implement workforce development initiatives within the non-profit sector.

-I am also on two non-profit Boards in San Antonio as their VP of Strategic Planning: ACTS Missions and Master Leadership Program.

  • Motivation to run for election to the Board of the Global P&G Alumni Network

My foremost priority is to continue being relevant within the P&G Alumni community. My commitment lies in sharing insights from my leadership toolbox, particularly in the art of framing complex issues with utmost clarity in business terms. This proficiency aims to facilitate effective communication, enabling the Board to comprehend and make well-informed decisions. Through this ongoing engagement, I aspire to contribute meaningfully to the community´s collective knowledge and foster a collaborative environment.

 

Hanxi Zhao —New Nomination

Hanxi is currently a Managing Partner at Trustar Capital, (formerly known as CITIC Capital Partners), a Private Equity firm that focuses on control buyout opportunities globally and has completed over 80 investments since its inception in 2003 across China, Japan, the U.S., Europe, Australia/New Zealand. Trustar Capital currently manages USD7.8 billion of committed capital and has offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, and New York.

Hanxi has been based in Shanghai, China since 2007 after she joined Trustar Capital. Over the past 16 years with the firm, she has become a successful investor with a proven track record of investing in international companies. Hanxi currently serves on the boards of numerous companies worldwide, including Erno Laszlo in the US, Axilone in France, LELO in Sweden, Trilogy in New Zealand, Jissbon, and eBeauty in China, to name a few. She is also the only female partner in the firm. Her success has inspired many other women in China to pursue demanding careers in private equity and investment, which have traditionally been male-dominated industries. Before joining Trustar Capital, Hanxi worked in Strategy Planning and Marketing at Dow Jones & Company in the U.S. and Asia. Before that, she held positions as a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group in the U.S. and as a Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble in China.

Hanxi is proficient in English, Chinese, Cantonese, and Japanese. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Wuhan University

  • Engagement with P&G and P&G Alumni activities

Hanxi worked for P&G China in the Brand Management and Marketing function from 1995 to 2000. She was one of the earliest Chinese Brand Managers to be promoted and led the Always and Tampax brands. Her achievement in launching Tampax for the first time in China and building the category was iconic because, at that time, Chinese women not only refrained from using Tampax but also held the perception that it would harm their virginity. Today, Tampax in China is a leading brand in the women’s hygiene product category.

Hanxi has always been actively involved in the P&G alumni network. For instance, her portfolio companies sponsored the P&G China Alumni Conference for multiple years. As a respected investor, she consistently makes time to offer guidance to P&G younger alumni seeking advice on starting their own businesses. Recently, she was assigned the role of Global Liaison and Development Director. This task has proven to be challenging due to the strict and complex regulatory requirements for overseas NGOs.

Hanxi has provided invaluable support to the effort to establish the P&G Alumni Foundation in China. She has utilized her network to connect with experts for consultation and recommended local partners to facilitate the lawful transfer of funds to the foundation in China. In less than half a year, there has been significant progress with the P&G Alumni Foundation, and Hanxi is the first Chinese donor to contribute to the Foundation this year.

  • Motivation to run for election to the Board of the Global P&G Alumni Network 

Hanxi’s motivation to run for the board stems from her deep pride in her experience as an ex-P&Ger. To pay this back, she commits to nurturing the alumni network and is dedicated to making a positive impact on a global basis.

As an active member of the P&G China alumni network, Hanxi has observed an opportunity to engage more Chinese alumni with the global alumni network. She has noticed low awareness and participation among Chinese alumni in global conferences and P&G’s philanthropy efforts. Given her accomplishments as a global leader, Hanxi desires to give back more to P&G and make a significant impact on the global community.

Hanxi brings significant contributions and expertise to the board and the community

Extensive Network: Hanxi possesses an extensive network in both the US and Asia business worlds due to her investment work. Her regular interactions with founders, senior executives, and investors enable her to bring sponsors and influential speakers to P&G events, enhancing networking and learning opportunities for alumni.

Strengthening Connections: Hanxi is committed to strengthening the connection between the China alumni network and the global network. She envisions hosting a global conference in China, providing Chinese alumni with the opportunity to contribute through sponsored auctions for the Global Foundation. This initiative not only promotes engagement but also showcases the vibrant Chinese alumni community.

Sharing Best Practices: Based in Shanghai and frequently traveling worldwide, Hanxi plans to meet with chapter chairs in different regions. Through these interactions, she aims to exchange ideas with other chapters and share the best practices implemented by the China alumni network. This collaborative approach fosters continuous improvement and mutual support among chapters.

Hanxi actively participates in several impactful initiatives outside of her professional endeavors:

Harvard Business School Mentorship Program: Hanxi joined the mentorship program at Harvard Business School, dedicating her time to assist young professionals facing career choices, workplace challenges, or seeking advice, and guidance.

Jiuqian Charity Sponsorship: Hanxi has been a steadfast supporter of Jiuqian, a renowned charity organization that focuses on providing holistic education to underprivileged children. Her support extends beyond financial contributions, as she and her children personally visit rural schools, engage in activities such as reading stories, teaching lessons, organizing summer camps, and even helping in infrastructure repairs like fixing water pipes. The children she supports have had the opportunity to attend prestigious high schools like the United World College, thus transforming their life trajectories. Additionally, Hanxi has provided scholarships to students in various organizations.

Covid-19 Response: When the pandemic first struck, particularly during the chaotic periods in Wuhan and later in the United States, Hanxi mobilized her resources to source and coordinate logistics for significant medical supplies. She made substantial donations to hospitals and nurses in both China and the US. Her contributions were acknowledged by her alma mater, Wuhan University, as she was recognized as one of the contributors.

 

This is where Katherine developed her love for the origins and birthplace of vodka and was compelled to share this remarkable story of women Master Distillers, classical methods, and extraordinary spirits. Zirkova is now the top-selling vodka produced in Ukraine that is sold in Canada. More than just a brand, Katherine’s vision for Zirkova is a reflection of her own beliefs, of standing for the freedom to be and celebrate who you are, to toast and acknowledge others, and to create special moments that bring people together, so that everyone feels like they are part of one table.  You’ll enjoy this candid conversation about creating moments that unite, not allowing fear to guide our decisions, and creating a life by design vs default.

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Connecting Our Global Alumni Community

January 18, 2024

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Karen Francis serves as Chairman of the Board at Vontier, a global transportation/mobility technology company, as well as on the Board at Polestar Automotive and Senior Advisor to TPG Global.

Karen made a name for herself as one of the youngest female leaders in the automotive industry, serving as General Manager of the $8 billion Oldsmobile Division of General Motors and then as Vice President of Ford Motor Company, where she was responsible for the corporate venture capital group and global technology-driven business strategies.

Karen transitioned to Silicon Valley fifteen years ago and is deeply engaged with emerging automotive technology companies. Her career has included executive positions at Procter & Gamble, Internet Capital Group, Bain & Company, Berol Corporation, and Publicis. Karen graduated from Dartmouth College, has an MBA from Harvard Business School, and is the Owner of Limerick Lane Cellars, a 53-acre estate vineyard property in Northern California.

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Karen transitioned to Silicon Valley fifteen years ago and is deeply engaged with emerging automotive technology companies. Karen’s career has also included executive positions at Procter & Gamble, Internet Capital Group, Bain & Company, Berol Corporation, and Publicis. Karen graduated from Dartmouth College and has an MBA from Harvard Business School. And is the Owner of Limerick Lane Cellars, a 53-acre estate vineyard property in Northern California. You’ll enjoy this candid conversation about mentorship and advocacy.

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Rajiv recently sat down with journalist Isaac Saul, whose newsletter and podcast TANGLE NEWS (ReadTangle.com) is an increasingly relevant source of independent, non-partisan news summarizing the best arguments from across the political spectrum on the news of the day. Rajiv and Isaac covered a lot of topics including the political makeup of Tangle’s audience, and how our news sources dictate our outlook and discourse. It’s a down-the-middle approach that might give you some pause. So wherever you’re coming from, we hope you’ll enjoy this candid conversation about how and where we get our news for a very important year to come.

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January 3, 2024

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JOIN US for our first Enrichment Series Webinar of 2024: Making The Leap From Winner To Champion with James Michael Lafferty!

James, the Chief Executive Officer of Fine Hygienic Holding, has often been described as one of the most unique and diversified CEOs in the world today. Not only is he a successful CEO; he’s also an Olympic coach, award-winning journalist, college professor, competitive athlete, philanthropist, husband, father of six, and grandfather of three!

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As 2023 comes to a close, we compiled some of the year’s learnings from leaders. So sit back with your beverage of choice and enjoy. And give us a gift by leaving a five-star review on Apple Podcasts! Hearing from YOU, our fellow Alum, makes a big difference for our team as we reflect on the year. THANK YOU for the continued support of our podcast and our amazing guests.

Heard something you missed? Be sure to go back and check out each guest’s full episode. Got a suggestion for a future episode? Send a note to pgalums@gmail.com. We’d love to hear from you!

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December 20, 2023

As the opportunity to contribute draws to a close, seize this final moment to be part of something extraordinary. Your donation isn’t just a gift. It’s a beacon of hope—a catalyst for lasting empowerment.

Embrace the Power of Now! Last time to Double your Impact!

This is the last chance for the impact of your generosity to be doubled. Every dollar donated to the Alumni Foundation through the end of 2023 will be 100% MATCHED. This is possible through the generosity of a matching grant from former P&G Chairman and CEO, David Taylor. Your donation of $25 becomes $50, $100 becomes $200, $1,000 becomes $2,000, and so on up to $200,000!

DONATE TODAY AND GET MATCHED! 
Your action today shapes a brighter tomorrow. Contribute now and be part of the Foundation’s impactful journey.

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January 9, 2024

JOIN US for our first Enrichment Series Webinar of 2024: Making The Leap From Winner To Champion with James Michael Lafferty!

James the Chief Executive Officer of Fine Hygienic Holding, and has often been described as one of the most unique and diversified CEOs in the world today. Not only is he a successful CEO; he’s also an Olympic coach, award-winning journalist, college professor, competitive athlete, philanthropist, husband, father of six, and grandfather of three!

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David Taylor & A.G. Lafley are two of P&G’s Emeritus CEOs who joined the recent P&G Alumni Global Conference in Washington DC for a candid conversation that goes beyond their personal stories—or even the stories of the day; to discuss their approaches to some of the broad challenges we must face together in order to meet the moment.

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December 13, 2023

 

Dear Members of the P&G Alumni Network,

Chairman’s Note—For many years, it has been our tradition to provide our Advisory Board and the membership as a whole with an end-of-year letter describing the state of the Network. A couple of years ago, we decided to create the Annual Impact Report with stories, pictures, and updates about the Foundations’ key activities during the calendar year which was sent out last month. This letter returns to our more personal approach to updating the Network itself.

The year 2023 finds the Network and our Foundation to be very healthy and vibrant.  We successfully executed the 2023 Global Conference held in Washington, DC in November with the final attendance of about 400 members, consistent with past events. We owe a great debt of gratitude to a large number of folks, led by Gina Lam, Board Member and Executive Producer of the event. The feedback has been very positive, but we also have opportunities to continue to improve.

For the first time in our history, we had all five living CEOs in attendance—Jon, David, AG, and Bob—in person, and JEP with us remotely due to some health issues. Additionally, we were privileged to have several of the Company’s most senior officers on hand to speak to their areas of expertise.

Financially, the event itself fell short of our targets, largely because the expenses of any Washington DC event have jumped significantly since we originally selected that city in 2019 and contracted in 2020 just before COVID. However, we have adjusted our revenue development model and anticipate that we will cover the shortfall by the end of 2024. Rest assured that our conservative approach to financials has the Network and the Foundation on firm financial footing with several years of buffer in place.

Plans are already underway for our next global conference in Berlin in the Spring of 2025.

Board elections for eight of our Network seats are now underway with the new board to be announced in early in the new year. Several of our incumbent members are seeking re-election but the election is open to all alumni registered on the Network website.

Throughout the year, we continued to expand our offerings, adding them to our existing enrichment programs, and dramatically improving our communications tools and processes—all to serve our members better:

  1. We launched a new website with greater capabilities.
  2. Our “Learnings from Leaders” podcast continues to grow its audience.
  3. Our webinar series as well as our Spanish webinar series continue to secure great speakers.
  4. Our Coaching Program—designed and managed by our Women’s Leadership Forum—expanded out of the test and continues to receive very positive feedback.
  5. Our Peer-to-Peer leadership teams—CEOs, CMOs, C-Level Women—in >$1B companies continue to gain traction and were an integral part of the global conference. We are exploring groups for CIOs, CFOs, and others.
  6. Our entrepreneur Business Catapult program has been revised to provide opportunities to alumni entrepreneurs, coaches, and investors – with a financial benefit for the Network.
  7. Our Younger Alumni efforts are being bolstered by the addition of several younger alumni to the Board.
  8. We executed a new event at the Conference dedicated to our Black Alumni with the objective of better serving this community.
  9. We are in the process of expanding a program with the Company’s Contract Talent group which wants to hire alumni as contract employees given our understanding of the business and the values of Procter & Gamble. This is initially a US-based program, but the intention is to expand internationally to countries based on local labor laws.
  10. We continued to add and build our chapter organization and had several chapter leaders in attendance at the Conference.
  11. As can be seen in the Alumni Foundation Impact Report, our Foundation had a banner year in terms of both fundraising and grants, dramatically increasing our impact against the objective of economic empowerment around the world.

If you will allow me a moment of reflection beyond the reporting of performance and plans. I’d like to say something about our alumni… our friends. With the world continuing to face significant issues, I hear stories from our alumni who have been helped by fellow alumni and about alumni who continue to be a source of strength for one another. The Network was founded to help our alumni easily connect or re-connect for personal or business reasons. I didn’t anticipate how much more meaningful it has become.

As we complete our 23rd year, I am pleased to report that the Network and the Foundation are healthy and thriving—and it’s all thanks to you.  From our families to yours, our sincere wish for 2024 Peace On Earth and Goodwill toward Everyone.

Ed Tazzia, Chairman

 

As the year draws to a close, we find ourselves reflecting on the incredible journey we’ve shared. It’s been a year filled with immense gratitude for the unwavering support of our community. The P&G Alumni Foundation wants to thank YOU.

Thank you for being the heartbeat of our Foundation. Your contributions have made dreams achievable, futures brighter, and communities stronger.

TOGETHER, alums combine to be a force for good multiplier and change lives!

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Dan Hamilton was a longtime friend and mentor to many. He was an experienced marketing, media, and creative leader who passed away suddenly last December of 2022. This is the second of two conversations with friends and colleagues who knew Dan—this one with two fellow P&G Digital Alums: Bob Arnold, now a Media Innovation leader at Google, and Aaron Fetters, now CEO of Transparent Partners.

Dan Hamilton was a dreamer, a mentor, and someone who had a passion for coloring outside the lines and breaking all the rules while bringing us along for the ride. Dan was a bandmate, a father, and a friend. He was born in Seattle in 1969 to Valerie and Vernon “Bud” Hamilton. Bud is a fellow P&G Alum who retired after 37 years as a VP in Sales, Marketing, and Governance, and one of the reasons Dan came to P&G. Dan grew up in Cincinnati later studied journalism and jazz guitar at the University of Cincinnati and CCM, he co-founded the band Spookfloaters, which he toured with, then went back get his Masters of Computer Science from Miami of Ohio, after which he joined P&G as one of the earliest digital marketing managers, starting in the beauty business on Olay. Dan quickly changed the game in digital, rising to become the media leader of Olay, arguably one of P&G’s most innovative brands in marketing and media during Dan’s tenure. Over nearly 15 years Dan worked across Olay digital, Olay media, Olay design, P&G’s corporate brand, and personal care. Dan spent another seven years in Colorado as a marketing, media, and creative leader at WhiteWave Foods, which later merged with Danone. In 2021 he joined Ocean Spray as the company’s Head of Marketing Center of Excellence.

Throughout his entire career, Dan was a friend and mentor to the many who had the privilege of working with him. He was always one of the Alums we wanted to reconnect with on this Learnings from Leaders podcast, but we regret missing our chance. So, to capture some of the “Learnings from Dan,” we wanted to share a few stories from those who knew him well.

Got a Dan story? Please send an email or voice memo to pgalumpod@gmail.com. We’d love to hear it and share it with the many friends and family who survived him.

We know you’ll enjoy this candid conversation about our good friend, Dan.

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Dan Hamilton was a dreamer, a mentor, and someone who had a passion for coloring outside the lines and breaking all the rules while bringing us along for the ride. Dan was a bandmate, a father, and a friend. He was born in Seattle in 1969 to Valerie and Vernon “Bud” Hamilton. Bud is a fellow P&G Alum who retired after 37 years as a VP in Sales, Marketing, and Governance, and one of the reasons Dan came to P&G. Dan grew up in Cincinnati later studied journalism and jazz guitar at the University of Cincinnati and CCM, he co-founded the band Spookfloaters, which he toured with, then went back get his Masters of Computer Science from Miami of Ohio, after which he joined P&G as one of the earliest digital marketing managers, starting in the beauty business on Olay. Dan quickly changed the game in digital, rising to become the media leader of Olay, arguably one of P&G’s most innovative brands in marketing and media during Dan’s tenure. Over nearly 15 years Dan worked across Olay digital, Olay media, Olay design, P&G’s corporate brand, and personal care. Dan spent another seven years in Colorado as a marketing, media, and creative leader at WhiteWave Foods, as it later merged with Danone. In 2021 he joined Ocean Spray as the company’s Head of Marketing Center of Excellence. 

Across his entire career, Dan was a friend and mentor to the many who had the privilege of working with him. He was always one of the Alums we wanted to reconnect with on this Learnings from Leaders podcast, but we regret missing our chance. So to capture some of the “Learnings from Dan” – we wanted to share a few stories from those who knew him well.

Got a Dan story? Please send an email or voice memo to pgalumpod@gmail.com – we’d love to hear it and share it with the many friends and family who survive him. We know you’ll enjoy this candid conversation about our good friend Dan.

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December 8, 2023

 

Donate Now 2023 Impact Report

 

We know there are many places to make donations. Why is the P&G Alumni Foundation unique?

Here are the thoughts of John Pepper and David Taylor on why they give to the P&G Alumni Foundation:

“I’d say there are three key reasons. One is P&G people are involved, specifically involved in helping pick the right project. Pick projects that look like they can be sustainable. They look like they have the right to succeed. People who are going to be able to help guide the organization to success. We have P&G people connected with every one of these projects. Not just nominate them, which they do, but also to help them succeed. Two is the ability of P&G people to help the organization leverage the money that P&G gives. Usually, at least two to one, sometimes three to one. It all adds up.”

“Three, David mentioned polarization today, and there’s a huge decline in trust. I think we all understand and value trust. Finding a group of people and an organization we can be part of and that we trust is important for where you donate.”

Donate today to have your impact doubled!  It’s with true gratitude to former P&G Chairman & CEO, David Taylor that every dollar donated to the Alumni Foundation will be 100% MATCHED through the end of 2023.

Your donation of $25 becomes $50, $100 becomes $200, $1,000 becomes $2,000, and so on up to $200,000!
Thank you for donating, creating hope, and improving lives.

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Dan Hamilton was a dreamer, a mentor, and someone who had a passion for coloring outside the lines and breaking all the rules while bringing us along for the ride. Dan was a bandmate, a father, and a friend. He was born in Seattle in 1969 to Valerie and Vernon “Bud” Hamilton. Bud is a fellow P&G Alum who retired after 37 years as a VP in Sales, Marketing, and Governance, and one of the reasons Dan came to P&G. Dan grew up in Cincinnati later studied journalism and jazz guitar at the University of Cincinnati and CCM, he co-founded the band Spookfloaters, which he toured with, then went back get his Masters of Computer Science from Miami of Ohio, after which he joined P&G as one of the earliest digital marketing managers, starting in the beauty business on Olay. Dan quickly changed the game in digital, rising to become the media leader of Olay, arguably one of P&G’s most innovative brands in marketing and media during Dan’s tenure. Over nearly 15 years Dan worked across Olay digital, Olay media, Olay design, P&G’s corporate brand, and personal care. Dan spent another seven years in Colorado as a marketing, media, and creative leader at WhiteWave Foods, as it later merged with Danone. In 2021 he joined Ocean Spray as the company’s Head of Marketing Center of Excellence. 

Across his entire career, Dan was a friend and mentor to the many who had the privilege of working with him. He was always one of the Alums we wanted to reconnect with on this Learnings from Leaders podcast, but we regret missing our chance. So to capture some of the “Learnings from Dan” – we wanted to share a few stories from those who knew him well.

Got a Dan story? Please send an email or voice memo to pgalumpod@gmail.com – we’d love to hear it and share it with the many friends and family who survive him. We know you’ll enjoy this candid conversation about our good friend Dan.

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November 30, 2023

 

As alums, most of us would agree that we share a common sense of gratitude for skills learned and friends made at P&G. At the P&G Alumni Foundation, this gratitude is what drives us to pay it forward. With gratitude, we harness the power of the P&G Alumni Network to create a global force for good—giving grants and applying our collective experience to help people in need thrive economically.

From bees to biofertilizers, medical skills to micro-loans, sewing machines to student readiness, tech to transportation, and computers to micro businesses—the grants lift up hundreds of thousands of individuals and their families. While we have come a long way, there is still much to be done. For every grant we make, two are waiting for funding—that’s 5,000 people not trained and 2,000 new businesses not started this year alone.

But there is hope—and there is help.

It is with true gratitude to former P&G Chairman & CEO, David Taylor that every dollar donated to the Alumni Foundation will be 100% MATCHED through the end of 2023. Your donation of $25 becomes $50, $100 becomes $200, $1,000 becomes $2,000, and so on—up to $200,000!

DONATE TODAY AND GET MATCHED! 

Join David and the P&G Alumni Foundation as we UNLEASH gratitude around the world! Thank you again, David, for this amazing gift and lovely video with fellow former P&G Chairman & CEO, John Pepper and Foundation Board Member, Ida Abdalkhani.

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Carol Fusek is a NeuroLeadership Institute brain-based coach who works with individuals, organizations, and families to help them thrive. Currently based in Singapore, Carol was P&G’s Asia’s Associate Director of Customer Service and Logistics and held various leadership roles throughout her 26-year career with P&G.

As a coach, Carol is influenced by brain science and how it can shape leaders and teams. In this candid conversation, we discuss how brain-based coaching can bring about lasting change. Carol talks about the SCARF model—which involves five domains of human social experience: Status, Certainty, Autonomy, Relatedness, and Fairness—a powerful neuroscience-based model for coaching. We explore hot topics such as inclusion, psychological safety, and trust. We talk about how leaders and organizations can prepare for change and a lot more.

This is a continuation of our series with P&G Alumni Coaching where leading Alumni will dive deep into relevant topics. Just as professional athletes have a coach to help them perform at their best, coaching can help you thrive in your career and life through powerful questioning, exploration, and action planning. P&G Alums can learn more and sign up for their first free session at coaching.pgalums.com.

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  • Your Name:
  • The name of the candidate (Self-nominations are welcome):
  • Who are you/is the candidate and what gets you/them out of bed every day: Name, current professional/ beyond professional activities, current location, languages you speak, expertise areas, and passions.
  • Engagement with P&G and P&G Alumni activities: Years at P&G, function(s), countries worked in while at P&G, engagement to further the PVPs beyond the strict definition of the job role. Current engagement with P&G Alumni such as Global Network, Chapter, Attendance Global Conferences, Engagement with Webinars, Podcasts, Speakers, Sponsors, Catapult, Foundation, etc.
  • Motivation to run for election to the Board of the Global P&G Alumni Network: Which specific contributions do you want to make? How do you want to support the Vision and Mission of the P&G Alumni Network?
    • Vision: We’re a force for inspiration and change – powered by P&Gers past, present, and future. In so doing, we are one of the most respected alumni networks in the world.
    • Mission: We connect the talent, ideas, and resources of P&G Alumni. We create impact for our local and global communities through events, content, and philanthropy.
  • Experience in activities outside of the P&G Alumni Network, particularly in non-profit board and committee work. A key role of the Board is to be a role model for broad professional networking, non-profit organizational leadership, and communication.

Please send your recommendations to Ute Hagen, Vice-Chair of the Global Board and Head of the Nomination Committee at ute.hagen@gmail.com.

Nomination Deadline: December 14, 2023

As a coach, Carol’s coaching is influenced by brain science and how it can shape leaders and teams. In this candid conversation, we discuss how brain-based coaching can bring about lasting change. Carol shares about the SCARF model — which involves five domains of human social experience: Status, Certainty, Autonomy, Relatedness, and Fairness — a powerful neuroscience-based model for coaching. We explore hot topics – inclusion, psychological safety, and trust. We talk about how leaders and organizations can prepare for change and a lot more. 

This is a continuation of our series with P&G Alumni Coaching where leading Alumni will dive deep into relevant topics. Just as professional athletes have a coach to help them perform at their best, coaching can help you thrive in your career and life, through powerful questioning, exploration, and action planning. P&G Alums can learn more and sign up for their first free session at coaching.pgalums.com

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This is your last chance to win a global P&G “Alum-to-Alum” experience with proceeds helping alums improve lives for people in need! The P&G Alumni Foundation’s online “Alum-to-Alum” Auction is open and accepting bids until Nov 27, 6:00 pm ET.

The experiences span the globe:

  • “San Francisco Treat” with Levi’s CEO Chip Bergh
  • “Magnificent Milan Aperol/Negroni and Duomo” with Campari CEO Bob Kunze-Concewtiz
  • “Viva Mexico and Don Julio” with Diageo CMO Jay Sethi
  • “Luxury Cruise on Seabourn” with special pre-trip briefing from Seabourn CEO Natalya Leahy
  • “Dubai Desert Dunes and Valuable IMEA Insights” with Mohamed Samir
  • “Coffee and Conversation” with John Pepper
  • “Dynamic David Taylor” 1:1 or with a Group Meetup
  • “Miami Nice” including Tours of the Design District/Wynwood/Little Havana with Influencer Gina Lam and Dinner with Jorge Montoya
  •  “Life Inspiration Coaching” with the P&G Alumni Coaching Program sponsored by the Women’s Leadership Forum (Lou Ann Eckert-Lynch, Heidi Piper, and more)

Annie is the co-founder of the Alliance for Decision Education, a nonprofit whose mission is to improve lives by empowering students through decision skills education. My discussion with Annie focuses on her recent book, “How to Decide, Simple Tools for Making Better Choices.”

But Annie is not exactly a P&G Alumni, so what’s the deal? Alongside our partners at P&G, we’re thrilled to share another episode of P&G’s “More Than Soap” podcast – available exclusively each week to P&G Employees at GetMoreThanSoap.com. On “More Than Soap,” P&G shares weekly conversations with Inspiring guests, unique perspectives, and unconventional ideas. “More Than Soap” is P&G’s official internal podcast – available to all 100,000 P&G employees worldwide, and hosted by Dorion Positano, P&G’s Director of New Business and Content Innovation and AI Integration Strategy. Interested in learning more about P&G’s “More Than Soap” podcast, or P&G Studios, can reach out directly to Dorion on LinkedIn. GetMoreThanSoap.com

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Kenneth led an organization of 150,000 employees and oversaw the fastest period of expansion at that time — opening over 1,000 restaurants in the span of 5 years. Kenneth was awarded the prestigious “Overseas CEO Award” at the Singapore Business Awards (2014), as well as the “Leading CEO Award” by the Singapore Human Resources Institute (2007).

He now serves as a strategic advisor and executive mentor. You’ll enjoy this deep, humble conversation on creating one’s authentic leadership style, how Asians can become strong leaders, and the importance of values during adversity.

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Since assuming my role at Seabourn, I have been humbled and honored by the number of former P&G colleagues who have reached out expressing their curiosity and desire to sail with us. This overwhelming response inspired me and my team to create something special—exclusively for you.

At Seabourn, we pride ourselves on being an ultra-luxury cruise line that caters to extraordinary individuals seeking out-of-the-ordinary experiences. You, my dear friends, are the epitome of such remarkable people. Highly intellectual, endlessly curious, elegant yet genuine, down to earth, and real.

Therefore, it is my great pleasure to extend an exclusive discount code to all our former P&G colleagues as I truly believe you would find your “home away from home” with Seabourn. I would love nothing more than to welcome you aboard our luxurious ships to indulge in the finest experiences the world has to offer. Please use the discount code PANDG for a 20% special discount on top of our public offer on all expedition voyages OR a 10% discount on all regular cruises. You can book online or through our dedicated Personal Cruise Consultant for all P&G friends:

  1. Debra Patrick
  2. Phone: 800-929-4747 Option 15 or EXT 29482
  3. Email: DPatrick@Seabourn.com

I really hope you enjoy this opportunity to embark on a voyage of discovery, relax amidst luxury, and create cherished memories with loved ones, all with highly curated, warm, and authentic Seabourn signature service enhanced by many surprise and delight flashes that we call “Seabourn Moments.” Of course, I can’t wait to hear back from you. You won’t find anything like the value of ultra-luxury Seabourn experiences, where everything is included in the price: fine dining, premium wines and beverages, Wi-Fi, onboard entertainment, and shore excursions on expedition ships. Gratuities are neither required nor expected.

We look forward to welcoming you onboard and showering you with our well-known “Seabourn Moments” which really are YOUR Moments designed only for YOU.

Warm regards,

Natalya Leahy

P.S. I can’t resist sharing one of our incredible videos – you’ll wish you were sailing tomorrow!

For more updates and live stories, please feel free to follow Seabourn on Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook. You can also follow me @NatalyaLeahy for my personal take!

Don’t miss this incredible DC23 Conference and our panel discussion.

P&G CEO Jon Moeller will share remarks on what it means to meet this moment. We will celebrate our seven Alumni Awardees following which Howard University’s Afro Blue a cappella jazz ensemble will take the stage. It will be a night to be remembered! Don’t miss!

A limited number of gala-only tickets are available.

Doors will open at 6:30pm on Saturday 11/4 for a gallery viewing of work by Judy Chicago, Frida Kahlo, Amy Sherald, Georgia O’Keeffe as well as an ambitious new exhibition: “The Sky’s the Limit,” and other newly acquired artwork. Dress Code: Cocktail.

Join us at the Global Conference 2023: "Meeting the Moment"

Of Note: LAST CALL for negotiated room rates at the hotels is Friday. The Renaissance just converted to a WESTIN last week. There are other Westins in DC. Be sure to use the address upon arrival to avoid confusion Westin Washington DC Downtown – 999 9th ST NW.

North America

  • Instar Brands (www.instarbrands.com) – Brand management and support platform for fast-moving consumer brands that wish to launch and scale up in the US market.
  • People OneHealth (https://peopleonehealth.com/) – Health system that combines healthcare services and a monthly membership business model.
  • Phenix Software (https://phenixps.com/) – Planning and scheduling software for process manufacturers.
  • Purepost (www.purepost.co) – Solution that provides a fast & accurate way to connect skilled, qualified candidates to career opportunities.

Europe

Latin America

  • CNCC (www.cafamilia.com) – Industrial grade infrastructure for the treatment of textile waste management.
  • Trendsights (https://www.trendsights.ai) – Marketing intelligence platform that integrates influencers, online channels and competitor monitoring to generate actionable content.

Asia

Middle East

  • Bright Concept (www.yoloshops.com) – A global teen accessory brand with a social mission.

 

Recognition of these companies and selection of the winner will take place at the P&G Alums Global Conference on November 2-5th in Washington D.C. So be there to cheer them on!

But you may be wondering, “How will this work?” Well, the key lies in bringing together the essential players in this virtuous cycle of value creation: the startups, the investors, and the advisors. 

In this article, we will focus on the role and motivations for PGAN ‘angel ‘investor participation in this new program.

In the past, angel investors were typically high-net-worth individuals who provided initial seed money to early-stage startups in exchange for equity and the expectation of future capital appreciation. However, with the advent of the SEC’s crowdfunding regulations and the availability of online investment platforms, it is now possible for anyone to invest in unlisted companies that align with their investment goals. And the investment may be as little as $100. 

Although ‘angel’ investing is higher risk than investing in stocks and bonds, and angel investors must carefully evaluate potential investments, there are many benefits to ‘angel’ investing. 

Let’s look at some of the rewards of ‘angel’ investing :

  • Getting in on the ground floor of a potentially high-growth company.
  • Diversifying an investment portfolio by including a higher-risk, higher-potential asset class.
  • Supporting startups that have a product/service that aligns with investor’s values and beliefs.
  • The personal satisfaction that comes from helping to grow a small business.

For me, ‘angel’ investing is an opportunity to learn about new technologies and business models that may radically change our future. And what could be more exciting than that?

Over the next 2-3 months, the PGAN Catapult program, in collaboration with our investment platform provider, will launch several online capital-raise campaigns for the startups that participated in the ‘2023 Entrepreneur Stars’ program. Interested PGAN ‘angel’ investors will have the opportunity to discover, evaluate, and easily invest in PGAN-led startups via our investment partner’s online platform. 

If you are interested  in investing in Catapult Program startups, or just interested in what opportunities are available, then please follow this link and answer a few brief questions.

‘Angel investors’, get ready, get set, and let’s go!

Going beyond her own career journey, Carol shares relevant advice on the mindset shift needed to ascend into senior executive roles. This is the first in a series with P&G Alumni Coaching where leading Alumni will dive deep into relevant topics. Just as professional athletes have a coach to help them perform at their best, coaching can help you thrive in your career and life through powerful questioning, exploration, and action planning. P&G Alums can learn more and sign up for their free first coaching session at coaching.pgalums.com 

You’ll enjoy this candid coaching conversation with Carol on not just the big mindset shift needed for executive growth, but also how to get clear on what we want, take ownership of your career, build self-awareness, and go beyond the buzzwords of building an authentic personal brand.

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The “Leaders Under 40 to Watch” Committee, the P&G Alumni Network Conference Committee, and the P&G Alumni Network Board extend their sincere congratulations!   

Procter & Gamble is renowned for hiring high-caliber talent. So, it is not surprising that a subset of P&G alumni go on to create exciting new startups. 

However, building a winning startup is hard and more than half of startups fail. What are the primary causes of these failures? Two recurring reasons are access to funding and the lack of industry and/or operational experience. The new Catapult program aims to address both challenges.

Through the new program, an annual cohort of twenty-five alumni-led startups will be selected for participation in pre-funding clinics geared towards mastering the prerequisites for fundraising success. At the end of the clinic, each startup will have an in-depth understanding of what is required to attract and engage potential investors.

Moreover, the top three startups in the yearly cohort will receive additional hands-on support with pitch deck preparation, business plan assessment, financial modeling, risk evaluation, and other topics that potential investors focus on. At the end of the process, the startups will launch their first fundraising campaign. 

However, successfully raising capital is by no means the end of the startup’s journey. In our next two articles, we will reveal how the PGAN experts and PGAN investors fit into this shared value-creation journey. 

Stay tuned.

Ben Chapman – Cooperative for Education Grant Champion


Cooperative for Education grant champion, Ben Chapman, explains why he championed a grant: “CoEd has had tremendous success over the past 25 years in accomplishing its mission by focusing on breaking the cycle of poverty in Guatemala through education. These are children who often are the only ones in the history of their families who have graduated from high school or even the 6th grade, changing the trajectory for their entire family.”

The $20,000 grant from the P&G Alumni Foundation has helped people like Diego. Rarely do you see someone get the opportunity to return home and give back to the community that raised them, but Diego, at age 28, is doing just that! During his studies at Hacienda María, Diego took advantage of the textbooks and computers provided by Cooperative for Education (CoEd). Today, Diego teaches technology classes in the same Computer Center where he once studied!

Steve Baggott – Breakthrough Cincinnati Grant Champion

Steve Baggott utilizes his 32 years of P&G expertise to support Breakthrough Cincinnati, an agency that energizes underrepresented aspirational students to enter college with confidence. BTC is dedicated to addressing the academic gap experienced by underrepresented local students that, when coupled with the system’s educational inequities, can limit their opportunities for college and prosperity. BTC is transforming the community to advance education, equity, and economic mobility.

The $15,000 Alumni Foundation grant has helped people like Bijin: “Breakthrough is such a positive bubble. It’s such a positive environment where everyone has a growth mindset and the belief that we can be better. I still feel the impact of Breakthrough every day when I’m here at college.” 

Bijin Basu