Amy Breault

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Breault_amyAmy Breault

Sara Lee Corp.
Northeast Director of Sales

Years with company: 12 years

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career:
I began my career in this industry when Judy Turner hired me to work at her Virginia brokerage firm. She stated that I had six months to decide if I liked this industry and quite frankly to decide if she liked me before I would be considered for full-time employee benefits. She was my first mentor and coach within this industry. That six-month opportunity turned into five years with her organization and seventeen years in the industry. I have been very fortunate to work with many talented individuals that have influenced me, been advocates for me and have helped shape me both personally and professionally.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment of your career to date?
I decided to take a role that required me to relocate and pursue an opportunity where I did not know anyone. Sometimes the greatest risks can reap the greatest rewards and this was the single move that changed the course of my career and my personal life. It was a step that has led me to my current role. I am most proud of my team dynamic. I am passionate about people development and my goal is to foster an environment that cultivates our diverse skills and produces a high performing team. It is very rewarding.

Most challenging part of your job:
Leading a team through times of extraordinary change is my current opportunity. Commodities are a challenge. Coupled with an organization that is experiencing transition creates an environment of challenges every day. It is the challenges that motivate me and one of the reasons I am passionate about sales.

Advice for upcoming younger executives:
Be authentic, know your core values when making career decisions, build your professional network, own your personal development, ask for opportunities, take risks to push yourself out of your comfort zone and develop your leadership skills. Leadership skills are essential whether you are an individual contributor or a manager.

Reading, cooking, travel, and spending time with my husband, Neil and daughter, Libby