Colleen Leahey 2013年11月25日

    海瑟•布莱什从2012年开始执掌迈兰制药公司(Mylan)。身为《财富》500强公司的CEO,她带领公司以16亿美元收购了印度药企Agila Specialties,还在近期帮助《学校获取应急肾上腺素法案》(School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act)获得了通过。这项法案不仅可以增加迈兰制药的利润,也能挽救更多孩子们的生命。

    《财富》(Fortune)最具影响力商界女性( Most Powerful Women)榜单始于1998年,次年开始召开年度峰会,这个活动如今已经成为商界、政府、慈善、教育和艺术界女性的一次盛会。每周的最具影响力商界女性个人问答专栏将关注领导力、期望等问题,当然也会关注平衡问题。

    1. 您获得过的最好建议是什么?


    2. 对于在当前不景气的就业市场中寻找工作的年轻人,您有什么建议?


    3. 您所在的行业目前最令您兴奋的地方是什么?


    4. 您从校园学到的最重要的东西是什么?


    5. 您的消遣活动是什么?


    6. 您最崇拜哪一位商界或科技界人物?为什么?

    我最崇拜比尔•盖茨。他确实是一位出色的、富有创新精神的商业领袖,而让他与众不同的是他的基金会。我非常尊敬比尔和梅琳达•盖茨基金会(The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation),因为它愿意去解决真正棘手的问题,敢于承担风险,而且以一种有意义的方式来衡量结果。历史上,慈善家刚刚成立基金会的时候,创办人往往愿意承担风险。但随着时间的推移,这些基金会变成了只关心自己能否永久存续的机构。而盖茨却采取了一种截然不同的方式,所以我很钦佩他。

    7. 您还崇拜其他哪些公司?为什么?


    8. 相比以前,如今的创业者更需要具备哪一种品质?


    9. 您的第一份工作是什么?


    10. 对于“拥有一切”的争论,您有什么看法?



    Heather Bresch has been at the helm of pharmaceutical-maker Mylan (MYL) since 2012. During her time as the Fortune 500 company's CEO, she's overseen a $1.6 billion acquisition of India's Agila Specialties and recently helped the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act, which will both boost Mylan's profits and save children's lives, get signed into law.

    Fortune's Most Powerful Women started as a list in 1998, kicked off its annual Summit the following year, and has since become a community of the preeminent women in business, government, philanthropy, education, and the arts. This weekly Q&A features one MPW's personal take on leadership, aspirations, and (of course) balance.

    1. What is the best advice you ever received?

    One of my mentors taught me the importance of getting out of your comfort zone. She taught me that sometimes you can see more from the edge than from the middle, and that sometimes it takes looking at something from the extreme to get to the right place in the center.

    2. What would you say to a group of young people looking to enter the tough job market?

    Don't expect to come into the company as the president; take the opportunities that come your way and make the most of them by working harder than everyone around you.

    3. What currently excites you most about your industry?

    The health care industry is ready to be redefined and, in fact, must be redefined in order to meet today's challenges and the rapidly changing policy environment. I believe Mylan has a unique opportunity to lead the way in redefining this industry, for instance by driving access to affordable, high-quality medicine for all and by engaging the consumer in their health care decision making.

    4. What was the most important thing you learned in school?

    How much I didn't know. I grew up in a small town in West Virginia and had a pretty limited worldview. At school, I majored in international relations, which for the first time gave me perspective on how big the world was -- a world that had felt very small prior to going to college.

    5. What do you do for fun?

    Cooking is my favorite form of stress relief. I love being in the kitchen and around the dinner table with my family. I also try to go horseback riding when I have time on weekends.

    6. What business or technology person do you admire most? Why?

    I have a lot of admiration for Bill Gates. While he is of course a brilliant and innovative business leader, what separates him from others like him is his Foundation. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is an organization that I have tremendous respect for due to its willingness to tackle really tough problems, take risks, and measure results in meaningful ways. Historically, when philanthropists set up their foundations, the founders were willing to take risks, but over time these foundations became institutions concerned primarily about the perpetuity of the foundation. Gates has taken a different approach, and I admire that.

    7. What other companies do you admire? Why?

    I admire companies who have reinvented themselves and transformed from a business on the verge of extinction into something new and thriving. It takes a lot of courage and innovation to rethink the status quo and become something different.

    8. What is one trait every entrepreneur needs more today than ever?

    Agility and speed. We operate in an incredibly fast-paced global environment where information and ideas flow freely with no geographic boundaries. If you don't bring a great idea to life quickly, a competitor -- somewhere in the world -- will jump ahead of you.

    9. What was your first job?

    My first job was bagging ice and stocking shelves at my family's grocery store. I started my career at Mylan 22 years ago as a data entry clerk.

    10. What's your take on the "having it all" debate?

    My first issue with the "having it all" debate is that it shouldn't just be a discussion about women. It shouldn't have anything to do with gender -- no one has it all. For me, it is all about balancing priorities and juggling. In order to manage work, life, family, etc., I'm constantly juggling and making sure that all the balls stay in the air.

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