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A Fireside Chat with Beth Simermeyer & Debra Bass

January 25, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Creating a Portfolio Career with Debra Bass

A Fireside Chat with Beth Simermeyer in conversation with Debra Bass.
Debra Bass, Founder & President of the Bass Collective invites you for a conversation with Beth Simermeyer, Independent Board Director & Leadership Coach, about Creating a Portfolio Career.

Determining the second career path can be challenging, especially if you want more control over your work and schedule. Creating a portfolio career that gives you the ability to do what you want and the flexibility that you need in your life might be the answer for you. Debra and Beth will discuss how to create a Portfolio Career. They want to shine a light on another pathway for careers that may consist of consulting, board work, and advisory councils in the public, private, and non-profit worlds. Through their discussion, they will help others learn about why this is a good option for a career path and how to intentionally create a portfolio career.

Beth Simermeyer
Beth Simermeyer is a visionary C-suite leader and independent board member distinguished by her impressive track record of accelerating growth and delivering breakthrough top and bottom-line results leading large P&L’s in the consumer goods, industrial, and healthcare sectors. She is an experienced governance leader, currently serving as an independent board director for The Securian Financial Group, a Fortune 500 ($6B) financial services company. Beth is best known for her success at changing the growth trajectory of billion-dollar brands and for her future-focused development of exceptional leadership talent. Throughout her career, she has advanced corporate value by unlocking creative solutions, executing notable business transformations, and successfully integrating strategic acquisitions. A marketer at heart, and a P&G Alumni, Beth has been at the helm of marketing and innovations that build the brand and delight customers. Her experience encompasses large-scale P&L leadership at Fortune 250 companies in the consumer goods, healthcare, and life sciences sectors. Her global experience spans Asia, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa with expatriate leadership roles in China and Canada. Most recently, at Ecolab (NYSE: ECL) a Fortune 250 company, she was EVP, Global Group President Healthcare, and Life Sciences, a $2B portfolio. In addition to board service, Beth is also a certified Leadership Coach, having been accredited through the Hudson Institute and the International Coaching Federation, helping senior leaders accelerate their development and impact. Beth holds an MBA in Marketing and Strategy from the University of Michigan and a BA in Political Science from Bates College. She recently completed the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Directorship Certification.

Debra Bass
Founder/President, Bass Collective
Debra is a transformational business leader who drives and accelerates growth through meaningful innovation, new business models, and modern marketing practices. She has built and refreshed iconic brands at some of the world’s most admired Fortune 50 companies including Procter & Gamble, Bristol Myers Squibb, and Johnson & Johnson. With roots in the fast-moving consumer goods and healthcare industries, she has built “wings” in the start-up space with an emphasis on health and wellness, mother & baby care, and healthy aging categories. She is in the process of launching her own Strategic Marketing Consultancy, Bass Collective, as a key pillar of her emerging “portfolio career”.  Other pillars are Advisory and Board work. Throughout her career, Debra has been committed to advancing women’s leadership. While at J&J, she served on the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative Steering Committee and was an Executive Director of the #SeeHer industry initiative. She currently serves on the Global Steering Committee of the P&G Alumni Women’s Forum and is a past Co-Chair. Debra holds a B.A. in Public Policy from Duke University and an M.B.A. in General Management from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business.

Sponsored by the P&G Alumni Women’s Leadership Forum and the P&G Alumni Foundation.


January 25, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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