107: Beth Comstock, part 1: Inside the Fortune 5 C-Suite
Beth personifies whom this podcast is designed to showcase: someone whose hard work, risk-taking, and personal challenge brought her to the pinnacle of her craft, which she is willing to share. That is, someone who did what leaders in the environment have to—to work hard before you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, having faith in yourself.
She shares inside views of cultural change toward environmental stewardship at General Electric, with over 300,000 employees, a world of suppliers and clients, a century of history including major environmental damage. To this day, when I mention swimming across the Hudson, people ask about GE, PCBs, and carcinogens.
She didn’t shy from the challenges. She took them on. As I saw it, she worked as successful leaders do, with people, seeing them as allies and resources. You’ll hear her story, results, and lessons, which apply to my work with large corporations. You’ll hear me learning from her how I can help my clients.
She also takes on a challenge that sounds big to me. I can’t wait to hear how it goes.