Name: Molly Smith
City and State: Dallas, Texas
Occupation: Chief Causes Officer
You've done so much in your life. Tell us a little about yourself.
I'm married to Geoff, the most patient and supportive man in the universe; I'm also mom to two teenage boys, Grayson and Graham. After a significant transformation in my health 3.5 years ago, I started coaching others in my spare time. I also love a good physical challenge, having completed a half marathon, two triathlons and 75 Hard. I'm passionate about encouraging those around me to live their best lives, both at work and at home.
"I believe we all have the desire, and more importantly, the ability and grit to achieve what we want in life."
At Bold Women Society, we believe the words we speak to ourselves matter. What are three words you would use to describe yourself?
Optimistic -- my hashtag is #mollypositivepants
Living boldly is something we wish for all women. What did stepping out of the status quo look like for you?
For me, it was taking a risk to leave a company after 20+ years to try something new. It was hard because I grew up in that company. I started as an entry level individual contributor and left a VP level role that I lobbied to create and get promoted into. I spent my 20s, 30s and early 40s there. My co-workers were an extension of my family.
Leaving a company that you've been at for over twenty years must have been a difficult decision to make. How did it feel when you were thinking about making a change?
Scared to death. It's funny how things work out. I was happy with the role I was in and I wasn't looking for something else. It was through a mutual friend that I had been introduced to Rob Pace, CEO of HundredX. Even though I wasn't looking to make a move, I followed the advice of the most influential mentor in my career who once said,
"you always take the call."
So, I took the call. And I'm so glad I did--it was a very intriguing, career-altering 45-minute call that landed me in the role I have today helping to drive forward the brand and initiatives of HundredX.
That was brave of you to lean into something outside of your comfort zone. A lot of women get stuck feeling as though they have to stay. How did you know it was time to make a change?
In speaking to Rob Pace, I realized how big the HundredX vision was. That vision along with the founder's deep commitment to making customers successful was something I knew I wanted to be a part of it. The fact that it was an executive role was just icing on the cake!
What was the hardest part about making the decision?
By far, it was leaving the company I spent over 20 years working at. A place where people know me, what I was capable of -- I had a track record of success -- and I had "street cred." I was going to a start up with less than 20 people (at the time) in a brand-new industry that I didn't have experience in, which meant I'd have to prove myself all over again.
What has been the greatest thing you have learned about yourself during this part of the journey?
There are two:
(1) My self-worth isn't tied to a title, my achievements or failures or my work. It's tied to who I am inherently when those things are stripped away.
(2) Throw any preconceived notions about what it means to be in the C-Suite out the proverbial window. Title doesn't matter. The work you
do every day does. The impact you make with your team and with your customers is what counts in your work. I've learned to hold firm to that during many moments of uncertainty. It's what kept me going and moving forward when I wasn't sure of what to do.
What advice would you give to someone who is considering doing what you did?
Consult wise people in your life and don't let fear stop you from taking the risk and trying something new.
What lies ahead for you now?
So many things! Continuing to build and scale HundredX Causes, the program I oversee at HundredX. Also, building my health coaching practice on nights and weekends. Most importantly, I want to be impacting more people using the things I've learned along the way.
A question we ask everyone...what do you want to be known for?
Positively impacting thousands of people to take their next best step, whether it be in their careers, health or improving their mindset.
My favorite quote is...
"If serving is below you, then leadership is beyond you."
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