Keisha Smith-Jeremie is the Chief Human Resources Officer for News Corp, the largest news and information services provider in the English-speaking world with over 25,000 employees globally. In addition to her role as Chief Human Resources Officer, she has global responsibility for Corporate Security, Philanthropy and Global Environmental Impact. Keisha is also a Hudson Institute certified Executive Coach and the founder of Aerial View Life & Career Coaching.
Keisha’s Episode Outline:
- [05:43] Share some of the women in your life that you’re grateful to have around you and those who have really inspired you?
- [07:32] Did you grow up in Virginia? What would people who you know today find surprising about you as a teenager at UVA?
- [09:48] Were transitions in corporate culture a challenge for you going from one industry to another?
- [14:54] What makes great leaders great?
- [19:04] What’s distinctive about those that rise to the top and those that get stuck in the middle of the corporate ladder?
- [26:10] What have been some of your failures, and what have you learned from them?
- [31:58] The value of mentors and sponsors
- [34:56] What is your greatest fear and greatest hope?
- [42:25] One action our aspiring Trailblazers should take this week to blaze their trail?
Growing up in the Caribbean you have a little bit more of a straight and narrow work ethic and expectation about how you interact at work
Feedback essentially comes from a place of trust. When someone gives you feedback they are putting themselves at risk by telling you something that they feel that you might not want to hear
I think of myself as a consultant… I think my job is to come up with solutions and a menu of options and ultimately my client decides what they’re going to buy. And so I don’t go into them saying this is the best and only way to do this or I don’t have in my mind that this is the only way to do X. Y. Z.
…especially as a woman of color, it was liberating for me to hear from a white male, that he was talking to his boss and asking questions six times a day, because I don’t think before he said that to me that I understood that senior people actually talk to each other all the time. I thought the more senior you get, the less questions you should be asking of your boss, when in fact, the more senior you get the more risk there is, you’re dealing with higher risk issues, you’re dealing with issues that can impact your company on a larger scale and you shouldn’t be going it alone.
Keisha’s Favorite Books:
- Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career
- The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
- Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
- Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition
- The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
Connect with Keisha:
- LinkedIn: Keisha Smith-Jeremie
Keisha Smith-Jeremie’s Bio
Keisha Smith-Jeremie is Chief Human Resources Officer for News Corp, a position she has held since January 2013. News Corp is the largest news and information services provider in the English-speaking world with over 25,000 employees globally. In addition to her role as Chief Human Resources Officer, she has global responsibility for Corporate Security, Philanthropy and Global Environmental Impact.
Keisha is also a Hudson Institute certified Executive Coach and the founder of Aerial View Life & Career Coaching. She is a dynamic force for positive change in the lives of her clients. By marrying impressive professional achievement, with profound personal accomplishments, Keisha magically creates ‘head’ and ‘heart’ connections with people from all walks of life. She is passionate about empowering and inspiring clients to create for themselves a life that reflects the best of who they are. Keisha’s greatest joy is witnessing that moment in others when possibility replaces impossibility.
Prior to joining News Corp, Ms. Smith-Jeremie served in various management roles at Morgan Stanley, most recently as a Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Talent Management. In this capacity she had responsibility for the Global Recruitment and Diversity & Inclusion functions. While with the Firm, she was responsible for a number of significant contributions to the Firm’s Talent Management Strategy. Keisha joined Morgan Stanley in 2000.
Prior to Morgan Stanley, Ms. Smith-Jeremie worked at The Financial Times where she was responsible for leading the recruiting strategy for the launch of The Financial Times.com.
Ms. Smith-Jeremie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Virginia in 1997. She has also been certified by the Hudson Institute as an Executive Career and Life Coach.
Keisha currently resides in New York City with her husband. She serves as a Director and Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee for the Eagle Academy Foundation, a charitable organization that provides transformative life outcomes for the lives of young men of color through their all-boys public schools in New York and Newark.
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