Julie Vida: Lessons Learned Throughout My Military and Corporate Careers

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At Gartner, we believe that as individuals, as communities and as an organization, we get stronger and better by bringing diverse perspectives and experiences together. In celebration of Women’s History Month, we are highlighting the successes of associates from around the world. Below, Julie Vida, a VP Team Manager on our Executive Programs team and U.S. Navy veteran who joined Gartner over three years ago, is sharing the three lessons she’s learned throughout her military and corporate careers.

1. Don’t be afraid to pursue your passions: On the battlefield or in the boardroom, people are watching and learning from you. During my time in the U.S. Navy, I was the only female pilot on our base. I didn’t know it then, but there was also a young female Marine on the base. Toward the end of my deployment, she told me that my work in the field had inspired her to pursue a commission as a Marine Corps Officer, so that she could be a pilot like me. When you have a passion, don’t be afraid to give it your all — you never know who you might inspire.

2. Recognize the importance of self-care: Striving to be your best self should be a goal of every man and woman, every day. We owe it to ourselves and our families to take care of our physical, emotional and mental health in whatever occupation or role we choose for our lives. When it comes to being a working woman, many of us put pressure on ourselves to be everything to everyone, all at once. Sometimes we need to put ourselves first — a healthy body, rewarding work and supportive, empowering relationships will propel you to bring your best self every day and feel good about how you segment and spend your time.

3. Ask for help: Don’t try to succeed on your own. Seek the advice and support of smart people, men and women, whom you admire and trust to give you honest feedback about your performance, especially when you screw up and need to get back on your feet. You won’t truly learn and grow unless you’re making mistakes and learning from them. Open the door to others’ feedback by being honest, genuine and inquisitive. When you do, you will have trusted allies to help guide you to successful outcomes in the future.

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4 Responses to “Julie Vida: Lessons Learned Throughout My Military and Corporate Careers”

  1. Amy Button

    Thanks for sharing your advice, I agree with all three points. Especially for us to remember that it takes ‘a village’ to juggle everything so it is important to ask for help along the way.

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