Mindy Grossman

Weight Watchers International President & CEO

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What’s the Most Effective Way to Pitch Your Idea?

When I get pitched by entrepreneurs, I want to know, one, have they really thought this out? Do they have a unique position in the marketplace? Have they thought about all the upsides and the…

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Describe the Internet to Someone Who Just Woke up From a 30-Year Coma.

You can have anything at your fingertips at any time, anywhere, and you have access to the greatest body of knowledge you could ever imagine.

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What Rituals Do You Perform Before a Stressful Task?

Before I have to go into any kind of tense situation I have to try and kind of put my mind somewhere else. So, you know, I definitely am a multitasker, I tend to do…

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What Role Does Instinct Play in Your Decision-Making Process?

I think you have to have a combination of intuition and strategic facts about how you think you're going to be successful. I'm a big believer in lists, of actually putting down those things at…

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If You Could Accomplish Only One Thing as CEO, What Would It Be?

At this point in my life, the idea of impact at all levels is incredibly important to me, and whether that's in my business life, my philanthropic life, what I want to do is inspire…

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How Do You Stay in Touch With Employees as You Rise Through the Ranks?

I'm a big believer in accessibility and transparency and what I would equate to human leadership. And I don't think you can communicate enough. And sometimes it's more formal at town halls. Sometimes it's being…

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What Is a Unique Challenge Faced by Women Entrepreneurs?

You know I've begun angel investing in a number of young female entrepreneurs and right, wrong or indifferent, it is more challenging for them because so many of whom they have to interact with are…

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How Do You Recruit and Retain a Diverse Workforce?

I'm a big believer that diversity is key to innovation and that's not just diversity of gender or ethnicity. That's diversity of thought at all levels. So number one, how do we hire? Certainly we…

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How Do You Keep Long-Term Employees Motivated?

I think you need to have a culture of innovation in your company, and you have to inspire people to constantly be looking to evolve and change. People want to feel motivated everyday, and they…

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How Do You Negotiate a Higher Salary?

What I really think about is not just what I'm worth, but what can I contribute? I'm very confident in being able to articulate what I'm going to bring to someone. I think if you…

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How Much of Your Career Has Been Planned and How Much Has It Been Left up to Chance?

I started out in the menswear industry, transitioned to women's, went into sport, and then took this other crazy turn into the world of media, technology, and content. But each time it was about my…

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What’s a Sign Someone Is Ready for a Promotion?

When you look at people and you are determining if they're ready for the next step, I think the worst thing you could do is wait too long. I think you have to look at…

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Do You Conduct Your Performance Reviews in the Office or Off-Site?

Here's how I feel about performance reviews. If you wait till the end of the year to have a formal performance review, you've waited too long. You have to give people honest feedback in the…

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How Hands-On Are You With New Projects?

So at the beginning, what I really try and do is bring people together to ideate. And I'll share my thoughts and then want to have a lot of conversation at the table. But at…

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How Open Should You Be at Work About Your Personal Life?

I think that I, by nature, am a very transparent person. But like anything else, you really should know what's private and what's sacred, and what you want to hold dear within your family. I…

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How Do You Talk to Someone About Sensitive Topics Like Personal Hygiene?

In any kind of commentary that you have to give people throughout your career, you're always going to end up in some form of uncomfortable situation at some point. So I think the thing that…

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If You Were Stranded on a Desert Island, What 3 Things Would You Want With You?

I would definitely want something related to being able to help me with shelter, something related to help me with food, and something to help me to keep my mind occupied. Now, what those are,…

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What's the Biggest Mistake New Bosses Make?

I think the biggest mistake managers make can be being very focused on just making themselves successful, and what I have found in my career, that if you really focus on making others successful, ultimately…

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How Do You Celebrate Success?

What I really love to do when we've had success or I've had success is actually celebrate it with the people who've supported me or helped me be successful. And sometimes that's formal and it's…

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How Do You Find a Needle in a Haystack?

I think there is this idea of small data today where you really have to look for insights. Betty Liu: But actually Mindy, how do you really find a needle... Mindy: Oh, you really find…

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How Do You Give a Great Presentation?

When I speak or when I give a presentation, I think the most important thing you can do is truly effective storytelling. People are going to remember how you made them feel. I talk a…

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What's Your Power Outfit?

I have an obsession with shoes. So I can take more risk there than anything else, and I figure if I'm towering in five inch heels it'll work.

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What's the Hardest Part About Being a CEO?

The hardest part about being a CEO is it's very, at times, lonely. You are responsible, in my case, for 6,000 people every day. Their futures, their family, and certainly for the company itself, and…

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"Ranked by the Financial Times as one of the top 50 women in world business"

Ms. Grossman has more than 38 years of experience in building and transforming consumer brands. She has served as the President and CEO of Weight Watchers International, Inc. since July 2017. Prior to this post, she served as Chief Executive Officer of HSN, Inc., an interactive, multichannel retailer of fashion, household and lifestyle products, and a member of its Board of Directors from August 2008 to May 2017. Prior to joining HSN, she served as Chief Executive Officer of IAC Retailing, a business segment of HSN’s former parent company, IAC/InterActiveCorp, a media and internet company, from April 2006 to August 2008, and Global Vice President of Nike, Inc.’s apparel business from October 2000 to March 2006. Earlier in her career, Ms. Grossman held various other executive positions in the retail industry, including President and CEO of Polo Jeans Company, Vice President of New Business Development at Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, President of Chaps Ralph Lauren, and Senior Vice President of Menswear for Warnaco, Inc. Ms. Grossman is a director of Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. and Fanatics, Inc. She also serves as Vice Chairman for UNICEF USA.