Karen Kaplan, president of Boston-based advertising agency Hill Holliday, as well as president of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum, a group of 100 top female executives in the state, spoke with former Globe reporter Sasha Talcott about her unique career path, and also offered some advice for younger job seekers out there. Here’s an excerpt:
Q: What career advice do you have for younger professionals?
I think being confident and optimistic is so important. You have to be really open to continuous improvement. You have to be curious, open and empathetic. These days, in particular, you have to be really versatile.
I just think if you’re willing to outwork everyone one else, it’s not very hard to do, frankly. From the very beginning, I thought, “If I work one more hour a day and a couple of hours on the weekend, I’ll pass people who have a 10-year head start on me.”