Meet Girlboss Arielle Patrick
It’s official! I am proud to announce the launch of The Sterling Standard Girlboss Series where at least one impressive woman will be featured monthly. I am all about women empowering women and I think there is no better way to do so than by sharing the impressive women in my network who are not only crushing it in their careers, but also empowering other women along the way. There is no better babe to kick off with than Arielle Patrick.
Arielle Patrick is a Senior Vice President in the Financial Communications & Capital Markets group at the world’s largest PR firm, Edelman. She is an advisor to C-suite executives and boards of directors of public and private companies, providing counsel on all-stakeholder communications strategies for financial special situations and crisis management.
In her spare time, Arielle sits on the Board of Trustees of The Harbor Science & Arts Charter School; the National Advisory Council of the Yellowstone Park Foundation; is Chair of the National Audubon Society’s New York Young Members; serves on the Leadership Council for the Special Olympics of New York; the Young Patrons Leadership Committee for the American Friends of the Louvre Museum; and is Fundraising Chair of the Alumni Board for the Princeton Tigerlilies (acapella group). She is also a member of The Wing.
Arielle graduated from Princeton University in 2012, where she studied in the Department of Classics with a concentration on Ancient Greek and Latin language, literature and history.
Somehow, Arielle found the time to do a quick interview to share some of her advice and thoughts. I hope you enjoy!
S: What advice would you give to your 22 year-old self?
A: Prioritize your career. You can socialize all you want when you’re successful in your 30s and then you can truly afford it.
S: Do you have a mentor? Do you think it is important to have one?
A: I have several mentors. A few things: It’s important to have several who have various strengths and leverage their expertise at different times for distinct reasons. Never put all of your eggs in one basket. The most important way to engage mentors is to make it easy for them to want to help you – rather than burdensome.
S: Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
A: I always say this, but it’s simply true. My mother. She’s somehow mastered the art of the “feel good, look good, do good.” I’m still getting there, slowly.
S: What is your favorite quote or motto?
A: Fortiter et Recte – the motto of the all-girls school I attended. It means “bravely and rightly.” Keep your head up and always maintain your integrity is the gist.
S: Do you have a book you would recommend?
A: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. It’s a classic tale in the downfalls of too much hubris. I’m re-reading it right now as a reminder of the importance of humility. This is something that all high level executives need to understand. The more senior you become in your career, the more important it is to keep your ego in check. When I was more junior, overt confidence helped me prove myself and rise through the ranks. Now, it’s more important that people like working with me, believe in me and are inspired by me to work hard for the team.
Photography Courtesy of Arielle Patrick. Photographer: Michelle Peralta