Hillary Fleming

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Hillary FlemingHillary Fleming

Nestlé Waters North America, Inc.

Years with company:  3.5 years

Current position and immediate supervisor:
Senior Retail Marketing Manager, Field Operations; Debbie Magazu, director of retail marketing & channel strategy

Education degrees and professional/volunteer affiliates:
B.S. Accounting – Binghamton University; MBA – Duke University

Mentors and how they have assisted you in your career:
Several people throughout my education, career and personal life have imparted some motivation or insight that assisted my success, or recommended me for committees and project teams that yielded excellent opportunities to learn something new.  Beyond that, I’ve always had strong support from my family which counts for a lot – especially when things may not be going “according to plan.”

What are you most proud in your career achievements or a defining moment of your career to date?
I am most proud of managing our Nestlé Pure Life Pink Pack Program, which “went national” in 2009 and has developed into a fabulous partnership with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  The program began in 2007 as a customer-specific promotion and now is large enough to fund research grants.  We started working with BCRF in 2009 and wanted to link our donations to something tangible.  We were able to fund a year-long research grant at the conclusion of the 2009 Pink program and in 2010 we raised enough to fund two!  It’s been a great experience to work on this program – bringing our retail goals together with a wonderful cause.

Most challenging part of your job:
Time is a most elusive resource. There are a myriad of requests and projects to work on, however, it’s not a unique challenge, and the bright side is that I have plenty of opportunities to try more creative ways of prioritizing.

Thoughts or advice for upcoming younger executives:
Three things: Speak up; be a problem-solver; and listen!  Remember that you don’t have to always know “the answer” to speak up…asking questions counts.  If you see a problem or have an issue with something, suggest some ideas about how to solve it.  Your boss has enough on his or her plate and will appreciate your initiative and creativity.  Finally, listening is key. By doing it successfully, you can learn a lot, you can help someone out and – you know the person who asks a question about a point that was already addressed at the beginning of the meeting?  That won’t be you.

Hobbies:  Cooking, reading, community service, travel, and biking.