Fairygodboss of the Week: Macaire Pace
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Macaire Pace is a smart, accomplished woman who has risen to the top ranks of her profession at Willis Towers Watson. What’s her secret to success? Seek out challenges constantly. And be true to yourself.
Fairygodboss of the Week: Macaire Pace
Managing Director, Metro New York, Client Relationship Group - Willis Towers Watson
New York, NY
FGB: Tell us about your career. How did you get to where you are now?
MP: My basic approach is to constantly take on new responsibilities that are challenging and at least slightly outside of my comfort zone. In addition, I’m always happy to seek input from others, and my observation is that most of us don’t do enough of this at any stage along our career journey.
FGB: What is an accomplishment that you are proud of?
MP: That I’ve survived 14 years as a working parent: my husband and I have two wonderful children, and he’s still my best friend through all the ups-and-downs of two careers, two children and the constant juggling of work and family responsibilities. Thankfully, we all have a good sense of humor.
FGB: What is a challenge that you've faced and overcome?
MP: Well, I enjoy new challenges so I generally seek them out, and it would be hard to pick out just one. As importantly, sometimes I don’t “overcome” a certain challenge on the first or second effort, and those are the challenges where I learn the most.
FGB: What do you do when you’re not working?
FGB: If you could have dinner with one famous person - dead or alive - who would it be?
MP: Genghis Kahn, although I’d love to pick more than one!
FGB: What is your karaoke song?
MP: Well, I am not the best singer, so would have a couple of friends holding mics, too: Probably LP's "Into the Wild," but any ABBA song always works in a pinch!
FGB: What is your favorite movie
MP: Down by Law or Flash Gordon.
FGB: What book would you bring with you on a desert island?
MP: Dictionary of Untranslatables, edited by Barbara Cassin or a book about Andy Goldsworthy’s art.
FGB: What is your shopping vice? What would you buy if you won the lottery?
MP: I’d buy more free time: and I would continue to spend as little time on shopping as possible!
FGB: Who is your Fairygodboss?
MP: Susan Potter because she’s an excellent business leader, and I love her sense of humor.
FGB: What is the #1 career tip you'd like to share with other women who want to have successful careers like you?
MP: Know who you are (including strengths and weaknesses), know where you want to go, and then start working your way there by seeking out challenges that will help you broaden your skillset.
FGB: Why do you love where you work?
MP: Lots of fabulous colleagues and wonderful clients.
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