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Episode 006 - Mary Dillon, Executive Chair, Ulta Beauty

On this episode of The Executives’ Exchange, Mary Dillon, Executive Chair of Ulta Beauty joins us to discuss her journey as a first generation college graduate, as well as the luck and preparedness which yielded her early successes. She discusses the challenge of making an iconic American meal healthier; the three lenses of leadership she feels are required to build an exceptional team: functional expertise; enterprise thinking and collaboration; her successful run at Ulta Beauty, the future of retail and more!

1:20 - Family, Upbringing, Education, Early Years
4:35 - First Paycheck, Early Career
8:20 - Luck or Preparation, Mary's Story
14:45 - Culture at Quaker Oats
17:45 - The Pepsico Days
21:30 - The Move to McDonalds
29:00 - Transition to US Cellular
33:30 - Advice for CMO to CEO Path
35:50 - Ulta Beauty Success and Reflection
41:45 - Business During the Pandemic
47:40 - The Importance of Connection to Employees
49:30 - Ulta Inside Target
52:30 - Rapid Fire Round Questions

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