Have you ever wondered what it takes to rise up to senior leadership roles in global corporations? Research indicates that women leaders who’ve taken the unconventional path gain unexpected opportunities of success. So, are you willing to take on tough challenges to gain valuable experience? Would you risk failure when making decisions and follow through with conviction? And are you committed to always going above and beyond?
In this episode, you’ll meet Alyssa Altman who shares why building great teams, delivering massive value to clients, adapting to change, and continuous learning are absolutely essential. She also reveals the choices she made in her career and the values she lives by that have led to her success.
Alyssa has been recognized by Consulting Magazine as a “Global Leader in Consulting” for Excellence in Engagement. She is a Senior Vice President at Publicis Sapient and leads the Automotive and Consumer Products industries in North America. Throughout her career at leading organizations, it has been her passion to shape and lead diverse teams. She believes that with the right people in the room actively engaging with each other, you can gain valuable insights to create innovative solutions to any business problem.
Alyssa plays an active role in shaping and executing Publicis Sapient’s MBA-like leadership program called the Fellowship in Transformation Leadership. Alyssa is also an Advisory board member of Publicis Sapient Women’s Leadership Network shaping the next generation of women leaders.
[03:37] Alyssa’s journey
[09:03] Mastering managing at scale
[11:19] Alyssa’s WHY
[14:01] Doing great work AND managing your career
[17:00] Being the only woman
[19:44] Gaining the courage to have a difficult conversation
[21:58] How to move your ideas forward
[25:08] Evolution of effective business development
[28:47] Approach to decision making
[31:36] Learning from failure
[39:24] Designing teams
[41:18] Top trait for success
[42:17] Common attributes of great leaders
[46:26] What Alyssa wishes she had learned earlier in her career
[47:48] Biggest trends that will impact business
[53:17] The greatest joy of Alyssa’s career
“Leaders should not try to be everything to everyone, but instead build a team of people that feel empowered to take ownership and to tell you when they need you.” – Alyssa Altman
“You always need to be in the work, because it gives you the perspective, it gives you the connection.” – Alyssa Altman
“Don’t think of it as a sale, think of it as a partnership that you're helping to bring someone something they are going to see value in.” – Alyssa Altman
“As a leader you need to find ways for people to feel like they're winning, even if you have a failure.” – Alyssa Altman
“Acknowledge your successes and learn how to market them.” – Alyssa Altman
“Leaders are not afraid to make bold moves and make mistakes and then recover from those mistakes.” – Alyssa Altman
Alyssa Altman is a Senior Vice President at Publicis Sapient. She leads the Automotive and Consumer Products industries in North America. In her role, Alyssa helps her clients find their digital future through the delivery of omnichannel strategies and robust technology solutions.
Throughout her 20+ years at Publicis Sapient, it has been her passion to shape and lead diverse teams who realize goals through inclusive collaboration. She believes that with the right people in the room actively engaging with each other, we gain valuable insights that create innovative solutions to any business problem we may face.
When not working directly with clients, she plays an active role in shaping and executing Publicis Sapient’s MBA-like leadership program called the Fellowship in Transformation Leadership. Alyssa also has a keen interest in shaping the next generation of women leaders as an Advisory board member of Publicis Sapient Women’s Leadership Network (WLN). Externally, she is an Advisory board member of Debbie’s Treasure Chest and sponsors a community service initiative that teaches high-risk teens the skills necessary to enter the workforce.
Alyssa was honored by Consulting Magazine as a “Global Leader in Consulting” for Excellence in Engagement.
Prior to her tenure at Publicis Sapient, she worked for Ernst & Young in the Strategic Advisory Services Group. Alyssa has an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA in English from the University of Michigan.