Rothy’s CEO Jenny Ming on Leading a Female Power Team and Mentoring Peers

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Jenny Ming understands the power of a collective. Since joining Rothy’s as chief executive officer in January, Ming has been at the helm of an executive team composed entirely of women, including president Dayna Quanbeck.

“Leading an all-female team at Rothy’s is an incredible privilege,” Ming told FN in an interview. “Each member of my team brings a wealth of expertise in their specific function, and my focus now is on harnessing that collective strength through even stronger collaboration.”

Some of her top priorities since joining the sustainable shoe brand have been innovating products, diversifying sales channels and creating a collaborative team environment. When it comes to her role as a people leader, Ming makes an effort to serve as a mentor for other women in the industry.

“Because mentorship has made such a huge impact on my professional journey, I believe in giving back,” Ming said, highlighting mentors in her life like former Gap Inc. CEO Mickey Drexler, who encouraged her to take on challenges and share her opinions in the workplace. “I’m committed to helping female leaders, especially female leaders of color, reach their full potential.”

To that end, Ming regularly coaches and mentors peers, sits on company boards and speaks at conferences to share her experiences.

“It’s incredibly rewarding to connect with aspiring leaders and help them navigate the challenges and opportunities in business and personally,” she said.

A version of this article appeared in the June 3 print issue of FN, as part of the “Women Who Rock” special section. On June 5, FN and Two Ten Footwear Foundation honored these women at a live event in New York City.

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