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These Women Mean Business: Emily Greer of ALSAC/St. Jude

The following is an excerpt from our spring issue of Memphis Crossroads MagazineThese Women Mean Business. Click here to view the whole article.

If you want to get to the top, start at the bottom with a can-do, hardworking attitude and take advantage of the opportunities and resources offered along the way. That’s the path seven women took who ended up in important leadership roles at Memphis companies. One of the women waited tables at the restaurant her father began and is now president of the chain. Another began her career as an intern at a medical device manufacturer and today is a senior vice president. And a lady who always loved creating beauty left banking, saved her money and opened her own salon.

While each of their stories is individual they reveal similarities as well. Most of them are native Memphians who stayed here or returned because of family ties. They educated themselves and then went back for more, earning MBA degrees that propelled them into even more success. But they didn’t go it alone. They easily identify mentors and supportive resources and they believe they have a responsibility to help others. They embrace diversity in its broadest terms – diversity of thought, of personality, of experience – for the benefit of the individual, the company and Memphis, the city they love.

Emily Greer, 51, chief administrative officer of ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, started her career in human resources. She grew up in Memphis and never had a reason to leave – she found opportunities that kept her engaged. She called women, who are 77 percent of St. Jude’s workforce, the engine behind the organization, which supported “anything I could make a business case for.”

As part of an employee benefit and commitment arrangement, Greer went back to college and got her MBA degree in 2006. She is appreciative of the development opportunities St. Jude has offered and to a woman at Goldsmith’s, where she had her first human resources job, who offered “to bring me up in HR,” Greer said. “The older you get, the more you remember the help you were given – and your obligation to do the same for others.”

To read more about the other six women recognized in the spring issue of Memphis Crossroads, click here. For more information about the resources available for women business professionals in Memphis, click here

Toni Lepeska
Greater Memphis Chamber

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