Women in Business Spotlight on Denise Morrison

October 22, 2012

Denise Morrison grew up in a business family. She and her three sisters, nicknamed the “Sullivan Sisters,” all appeared in the same edition of The Wall Street Journal touting women business leaders.

In that 2007 article, Denise told The Journal she had “been preparing to run a big company all my life.” On August 1st, 2011, she accomplished that task when she was named CEO of the Campbell Soup Co., a Fortune 500 company.

Morrison’s expertise comes from experience, working most of her career working for big consumer brands like Proctor & Gamble, Kraft, Pepsi, Nabisco and Nestlé. All that experience has piled up a laundry list of accolades including:

  • Forbes’ 80th most powerful woman
  • Fortune Magazine’s 21st most powerful woman
  • Power 50
  • Trailblazer Award
  • The Wall Street Journal’s “Top 50 Women to Watch”

Did we mention that her sister, Maggie Wilderotter, is the chair and CEO of Frontier Communications and Fortune Magazine’s 37th most powerful woman? Competitive family.

You’ll be amazed at how the experiences you have had growing up prepare you for specific parts of life. Denise may have been preparing to run a company all her life, but at what point did she realize this? Think back to your youth; are there specific activities or actions you undertook that gave you the skills needed to succeed? Whether that was competing with your siblings, helping run a garage sale or even negotiating a price on the used couch for your first dorm room, these skills are relatable to business today.