Jenn Brant-Gargan

Start having more honest conversations at work.  Leaders need to be honest with themselves and their teams if they want to make any real progress. That means having tough conversations and admitting when they're wrong. It's not easy, but it's worth it in the end.

I hosted Jennifer Brant-Gargan, Chief Information Officer of Bacardi, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, producing and marketing internationally recognized spirits and wines such including BACARDÍ rum, GREY GOOSE vodka, DEWAR’S Blended Scotch whisky, PATRÓN tequila, and  BOMBAY SAPPHIRE gin.

She shares an essential leadership strategy to have an honest conversation with your team that builds trust and connection.

Jennifer is an experienced executive with a demonstrated history of innovation and delivery. She is skilled in Business Process, IT Strategy, Data Warehousing, Mentoring, and Management with a Information Science and Technology (BS) from The Pennsylvania State University.

She’s also served as a senior leader at Estee Lauder, Viacom, and JP MorganChase.

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  • Jennifer's story of dropping out of high school and her rise to the C-Suite.
  • Sage advice for leaders who feel like they don’t have a seat at the table.
  • Why “digital transformation” is really about people first.
  • Sci-Fi recommendations for a dose of inspiration.
  • The one trait she’d instill in every employee.
  • Her interesting perspective on how leaders should consider employee turnover.
  • A twist in Jennifer's career that led to her growth.
  • A key leadership strategy to have an honest conversation with your team.
  • The first step to manage other people’s perceptions of you.
  • A quick exercise to help you prepare for an honest conversation with a team member.
  • Two success strategies for every leader.
  • Why you should always take the interview, including when you're not interested in leaving.
  • How to decide what podcast to listen to.
  • When leaders should stand at their desk during the day.



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