Posted Suzanna McCloskey on 4/30/2015 |Featured Columns & Series
This year, Girls on the Run will serve its one-millionth girl! We’re honoring this milestone by celebrating what makes each of us one in a million and by showcasing some one-in-a-million women who have made exceptional contributions to empowering girls and women.
As a National Partner of Girls on the Run, Athleta's support is instrumental in helping Girls on the Run inspire girls to reach their limitless potential. Nancy Green, President and General Manager of Athleta, is no stranger to limitless potential, as she helps Athleta evolve and soar to new heights each day. Nancy has three decades of retail experience and expertise in leading high-growth businesses and teams, as well as in serving as an impactful mentor for future leaders.
Here’s what Nancy has to share about being one in a million.
Q: Girls on the Run envisions a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams! How did you start to realize your own limitless potential and pursue the path to where you are today?
Nancy: Throughout my career I’ve had great mentors. I was fortunate to have a very special mentor relatively early in my career who encouraged me to not be afraid to have a big career along with a family – that it didn’t have to be a tradeoff. That mentor helped me believe in my own potential and challenged and supported me along the way.
Q: Girls on the Run believes that big things are possible when you keep moving forward. Can you share an example from your own life?
Nancy: Sometimes things don’t go the way you plan, but as long as you are constantly learning from what goes well and what does not, you continue to move forward in your life and business. There was a point in my career where I took a job that wasn’t perfect. But instead of getting frustrated, I took it as an opportunity to pursue what I felt passionate about, which was the health and wellness industry. I researched the category and focused my energy on learning more. That research I did outside of my job combined with my experience led me to the job I have today – my dream job as the leader of Athleta.
Q: One of the many things our curriculum teaches girls is how to recognize and work through challenges in productive ways. What is a challenge you have faced (or still face)? How did/do you respond, and what have you learned from it?
Nancy: I like to get things done quickly and work at a fast pace, but not everyone works like that, and it can be a challenge sometimes. Instead of seeing it as a roadblock, I work to help people think about how they can move faster and create capacity so they can take on more responsibility and grow their own careers.
Q: What insight or advice would you offer a young girl today? What would you say now to your 8-year-old self?
Nancy: Think about what is it you love to do, and continue to spend time doing things you love while learning as much as you can from people or experiences that can expose you to ideas and cultures. It helps open your mind to know there are so many possibilities that your life can take. The most important thing is to do what you love and love what you do. Constantly learn and work hard to achieve your best.
This spring, Girls on the Run will serve our 1 millionth girl! To celebrate, we're sharing the stories of girls, volunteers and supporters who have been inspired to be joyful, healthy and confident. Join our virtual celebration today and learn other ways to get involved at girlsontherun.org.