Continuous learning is the most valuable currency for career success. Careers no longer follow a simple path from learning to earning to retirement. Lifelong learning is an indispensable skill for every individual and organization.
Meet Eileen Schloss, a multidimensional, strategic and transformational human capital expert, who reveals exactly what it takes to get to the C-suite and why continuous learning is the key to success. Eileen recommends managing your life to make sure that you're constantly learning and adapting to change.
In this episode, Eileen shares the pivotal moments in her career and how learning and preparation helped her achieve extraordinary success. She provides guidance on positioning for your dream opportunity and how believing in herself and speaking up in her interview with Steve Jobs landed her an executive role at Apple. Eileen also demystifies succession planning and executive compensation; and provides step-by-step guidance on getting board positions.
Eileen has worked with CEOs and Boards as a global Chief Human Resources Officer and senior HR leader for companies ranging from major global brands to Pre-IPO businesses needing to scale. She is a Public & Private Board Member, Senior Advisor & Human Capital Expert at Alteryx, Advent and CCC.
[02:41] Eileen’s career journey
[04:05] Pivotal moments for career advancement
[05:52] Be a continuous learner
[08:36] Eileen’s success habits
[10:44] Relationships are the key to success
[11:38] Eileen’s job interview with Steve Jobs
[18:09] How to approach your dream opportunity
[19:57] Preparing your presentation in your own voice
[22:55] Aligning yourself with succession planning
[27:40] Advice on getting to the C-suite
[33:58] Demystifying the drivers behind compensation
[42:09] Advice to women on negotiating compensation packages
[47:23] What to know in positioning yourself for a board role
[52:56] Eileen’s advice on accelerating your success
“Relationships are a key element of any successful venture.” – Eileen Schloss
“It is important to manage your life around making sure that you're constantly learning.” – Eileen Schloss
“Great leaders are authentic and aren’t afraid to speak up and say what's on their minds.” - Eileen Schloss
Bold, insightful executive who shapes business and human capital strategy to increase enterprise value for Fortune 500 companies and pre-IPO businesses. Real-world expertise managing acquisitions, divestitures, and change initiatives while steering executive/board compensation decisions for Medidata Solutions, Rovi Corporation, and Apple Computer—crossing industries (health care, technology, media, CPG), business models, and continents (Asia, Europe, North America).
In-depth understanding of HR governance and oversight attained through 20+ years as a senior leader and strategist. Keen business acumen strengthened and supported by an astute, thoughtful approach to assessing executive talent and proposing viable, sustainable compensation strategies. Compensation expert and advisor with nearly two decades working directly with board Comp Committees.
Joined Alteryx, Inc. public board May 2017, concurrently serving on the Compensation and Nominating/Governance committees.
Joined CCC IS, private board August 2020, Chair of the Compensation Committee
NACD Board Governance Fellow certification, 2018 - present