Pamela Murphy

Cues and Views

Resilient, forward-thinking, decisive leader Pamela Murphy, in brief.

September 6, 2022
2 Minutes
Pamela Murphy

Home: Alexandria, VA.  Profession: Government and corporate affairs executive.  Pronouns: She/Her/Hers.  Alma mater: University of Pennsylvania (MSW).

Recent recognition: I lead by example.  Latest accomplishment: Training the next generation of female leaders.  Latest contribution to others: Investing in female leaders who, in turn, provide value, innovation and productivity for companies.  Hobbies: Travel and fashion.  Recent travel or adventure: Maui.  Last book read: The Copenhagen Trilogy, by Tove Ditlevsen.  Recently viewed and recommended: The most important lesson from 83000 brain scans (TedxOrangeCoast, Daniel Amen).  Recent unique acquisition: A snake necklace.  Reminds me daily: face fear.

Personality profile: Resourceful, insightful, observant, strategic, savvy.  What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Loyal.  Moral compass: Trust myself, lean into change. How do you define a perfect friendship? Loyalty, no judgement, evolving together.  How do you define an ideal business relationship? Collaborative and trusting; compromise to reach goals and results.  What is your greatest joy? My son.  What is your greatest fear? Failure and not having the energy to get back up.  What is your guilty pleasure? Anything pop culture, infomercials and TikTok.  What word or phrase do you use far too often? That’s inappropriate.  What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Musicians.  

What three emojis best describe you? 💪✈️🍾.

What is your favorite place (or way) to spend money? NYC or anywhere in Europe.  What is at the top of your bucket list? Japan.  How do you relieve stress? Get outside and exercise.  Master my time at work and say no often.  What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? Relaxation.

What book have you repeatedly read? Untamed, by Glennon Doyle.  What movie have you repeatedly watched? The Way We Were.  What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? Pictures of badass female leaders.  What’s the best advice you received growing up? The only thing you can count on is change.  What’s the best advice you received in your career? Get a sponsor.  What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? Uber.  What is your go-to source of news and information? NYTimes, BBC News, Politico.  What is your go-to source of creative inspiration? Music.  What personal circumstance has had the greatest influence on your life? The birth of my son.

What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field? Paving the way for more women leadership in decision-making positions.  What change would you like to see in the world? Federal, state and local policies to support women and their families in the workplace.  In the 21st century, child care and maternity/paternity leave should be a right.  What message do you want to send out into the world? Stop wasting energy on things and people that don’t fill your soul. Takers will always take if you let them.  What widely held belief do you reject? Everything happens for a reason.  What mega-trend most excites you? Consumer centricity.  What mega-trend most concerns you? Perfectionism portrayed on social media.

What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? Cher.  Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? Nina Simone.  What advice would you give your younger self? Stop worrying about things you can’t control and focus on what you can. Remember, you are always enough!  What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? None.  Every experience has made me who I am.  Regret is a waste of time.

Personal mission: Rattle the status quo.  Favorite quote: “Here’s what is truly at the heart of wholeheartedness: worthy now.  Not if, not when” (Brené Brown).  Desired epitaph: She always overcame.

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