Nazzic Keene


But I think that having diversity at any table and any part of the organization just creates better decision making. The dialogue is better, the conversation is better. We all bring a different perspective. I think having that diversity of thought and the diversity of experience and say women think differently than men and in general we do.

What do you feel are the qualities of a Power Woman?

The most essential attribute of a powerful woman is the power of choice. Power is not defined by the role that you have. You can be equally as powerful as a bartender or a stay-at-home mom. People can greatly affect those around them when they choose to do what they want. If you’re a bartender, you can impact your clients. If you’re a stay-at-home mom, you can tremendously impact your children or spouse. If you’re an executive like me, you can impact those you work with. One of the attributes that my mother instilled was to create a life where you could make choices. This is the most powerful thing we can do, and we can help other young women do.

What do you feel are the benefits/advantages that a company can offer to contribute to gender equality?

Diversity at any organization’s table creates better decision-making, as we all bring a different perspective. The more input you can get from a diverse background, the more collaboration you can get, and the more innovation you can get. And then I think from an external perspective, whether it’s your customers, whether it’s your employees that want to join you, being recognized as a leader in this area improves your entire company. I think that all plays into better decision-making, which will then drive better performance.

Is there something particular that you are especially passionate about?

I am incredibly inspired by the idea that we can create a world where the next generation is better than this generation. The only way to achieve this is by taking care of our children. We have to educate our children; we have to inspire our children; we have to protect our children. I do a lot of work with the Leukemia Lymphoma Society to help protect children’s health and move the needle toward advancing healthcare in children. I also do a lot of work with an organization focused on feeding children in schools because so many children in this nation are only fed the meals they have at school. I am extremely passionate about ensuring that children have the best of everything so we can guarantee their generation is better than ours.

Do you believe that women and children have been impacted disproportionately in recent times?

I believe that through the pandemic and some of the political positions the country has taken, we have lost ground these last few years. The pandemic put many women in very difficult positions with the sudden lack of daycare. As a company, we are laser-focused on making sure that we balance our ability to allow women to advance in their careers, knowing that the definition of flexibility has changed.

Is there a story you could share about an instance where you overcame a block of some kind of gender experience?

Early in my career, my team allowed a particular client to decide where we should all go out to eat together for the purpose of advancing relationships. He chose a strip club. As the only woman, I did not join. This happened each week until I decided that this situation was unjust and that I would come along. This client never expected me to show up to the strip club. I can still picture his face of pure embarrassment when I walked in. That was one situation where I felt I was treated differently because I am a woman. I took my power back by choosing to go that day. I don’t know if it was the right thing to do, but I will tell you, the relationship changed after that, and they had more respect for me.

Should the United States reduce its role as a country on the World Stage today?

Absolutely not. We are an extremely privileged nation with incredible assets, talent, people, and leadership – for the most part. It is our responsibility to step up and lead. I taught my children this and live by this: with great privilege comes great responsibility. So, I do not believe we should reduce.

Was there a defining moment that led you to where you are today?

I don’t believe there is one particular moment. I’m very privileged to have been raised by a strong, inspiring woman. She demanded that we would create a life where we have a choice. I made decisions based on what I studied based on which would produce the most options. At my first real job, I learned that if you had a heartbeat and raised your hand, you would be granted responsibilities. I also think that having children has been a tremendous joy in my life that has taught me a great deal about myself. I learned how to prioritize and balance, which has allowed me to be a better person, leader, and woman. I’ve been very blessed with countless defining moments.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Just say yes. If given an opportunity – unless it’s illegal or immoral – say yes to life, say yes to choices, say yes to options.

What is your favorite book?

This answer changes, but as of now, “Winning” by Jack Welch.

What is one quality you value in a friend?


What trait are you most uncomfortable with in yourself?

I need to ask for help more.

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