Jodi Elliott

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Jodi Elliott, Nestle WatersJodi Elliott

Nestle Waters North America
Director – Network Business Development

Years with company:  13 years




Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations:

  • B.A., Communications; University of Massachusetts – Amherst
  • B.B.A., Marketing; University of Massachusetts – Amherst
  • M.B.A., Nichols University
  • NWNA is affiliated with NEW – Network of Executive Women

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career:
I have had several, and each important at that time of my career.  I have always loved the idea of a mentor – even before the term was popular.  Sometimes it has been someone I think is similar to me in style or approach and sometimes someone who is nothing like me.   Whether formal or informal, there is a lot to be gained by building a mentor relationship.   The best mentor was someone that was on my team and able to give me immediate feedback on what they saw.  There is a saying – “feedback is a gift.”   It is absolutely true, especially when coming from someone who cares.   I would also suggest having a female and a male mentor.  It is valuable to get feedback from both perspectives.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment of your career to date?
I am proud of the variety of jobs I have held:  Operations, Finance and Sales.  I have learned something from each function and it has made me a more well-rounded leader now.  Having spent my entire career in the same field wouldn’t have challenged me the way I have been.    I have had steady results and successes peppered with some fantastic mistakes – which I think are just as valuable and a lot more fun to talk about.

Most challenging part of your job:
The most challenging has always been balancing time at work with time at home.  I think most parents (male and female) feel guilty after a few long nights or weeks of business travel.  I have been very lucky to have a supportive husband who has allowed me to pursue any career opportunities including one which moved our family to Connecticut but it doesn’t remove the guilt of missing out on things.

Advice for upcoming younger executives:

1.  Moisturize and wear sunscreen!  Everyday!   I’m not kidding.

2.  Challenge yourself.   Don’t take the safe route.  Once you’ve mastered something, move onto something else.  Don’t be afraid to raise your hand for new challenges.

3.  Seek out feedback.  Don’t be defensive – it is just someone’s perception – but it is your job to manage perception.

I enjoy eating out and attending sporting events.  I love to read but never find the time.  I’m hoping to have lots of hobbies when I retire.