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Disrupt Yourself Podcast with Whitney Johnson

Oct 6, 2020

Some people wait for life to happen and then there are those who make it happen. Our guest this episode, Shelly Archambeau, is definitely the latter. Blazing trails seemingly her entire life, Shellye is one of the first African American women to be named CEO of a Silicon Valley company.

Through a combination of sheer will and the strong, guiding influence of her parents, Shellye learned to persevere through whatever life sends her way.  Her parents didn’t coddle her in the face of adversity, instead they asked “What are you going to do about it? Shellye answered full throttle with “I will succeed.”

Shellye currently sits on several boards, including Nordstrom and Verizon. She's formerly a chief marketing officer at two public companies, began her career at IBM and has a new book out titled "Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers and Create Success on Your Own Terms".

In today’s episode, Shellye shares about her life and career – the successes, disappointments, love, family and how she became unapologetically ambitious.  

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