Lunch with Emeritus Trustee Cheryl Francis ’76
Lunch with Emeritus Trustee Cheryl Francis ’76.
Cheryl Francis, Cornell Class of ’76, Co-Chairman of the Corporate Leadership Center (CLC), former CFO of RR Donnelley, and Cornell Trustee Emeritus spoke to invited students of AEM 3340, S.W.I.B. (Society for Women In Business) and Entrepreneurship@Dyson students. Cheryl shared her experiences and insights from corporate life as she navigated the early issues of high level corporate life as a woman. She also shared some of her wisdom normally shared with clients from her non profit – CLC. We all enjoyed a lively Q and A session but at the end Cheryl stayed and talked with students one on one about their personal questions.
Comment’s from participants.
“Very powerful example of being able to balance professionalism with an open relationship with employer” Mikael ’14
“Value of Networking – how even when she wanted to start a family she maintained a relationship with employers” – Casey ’15
“As a male I took a lot away from the session, especially being more cognizant of the different kinds of culture for men and women in the workplace. Also, to really leverage networks and to show that you value people and business contributions.” – Tom ’15
“She always negotiating her way in every aspect of her life.” – Susan ’17
Cheryl was interviewed by Prof Streeter for eClips in 2011. See Cheryl’s interview in eClips. Quote from eClips interview.