Maggie Driscoll Blackbaud

Maggie Driscoll is Chief People and Culture Office at Blackbaud. She leverages her extensive experience in human resources to foster a culture that enables Blackbaud to deliver on a vision of empowering an Ecosystem of Good® that builds a better world.

Prior to joining Blackbaud, Maggie held senior leadership positions at the Bank of New York Mellon (BNY Mellon), CCBN, and C‑bridge/eXcelon, a technology and business consultant company. 

She’s a passionate supporter of cancer research and has been extensively involved with fundraising events for Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center.  

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WHAT YOU WILL DISCOVER FROM THIS EPISODE:

  • Why Maggie came back for a take two on the show.
  • How growing up in an Irish household, the oldest of six children, was a sign she’d end up in the C-Suite.
  • Her first job delivering newspapers and how it influences her leadership today.
  • The success playbook Maggie uses to stay connected with her network.
  • The importance of building your network outside the company as well as inside.
  • How Maggie’s experience with cancer transformed her career and influenced her leadership approach.
  • The inspired moment when Maggie was going through cancer treatment that she removed her wig during an executive meeting.
  • How much should a leader talk during a meeting.
  • Why Maggie leads like time is a gift.
  • The important advice she’d give her younger self.
  • The one trait she’d instill in every employee… authenticity!
  • What a workplace and the bottom-line would look like if everyone showed up authentically.
  • How Maggie’s company, Blackbaud, made a positive impact during COVID-19.
  • How a twist in Maggie’s career led to her success down the road.
  • The catastrophic cost of turnover.
  • How to maintain a strong company culture while working remotely.

HIGHLIGHTS:

How to keep up with your expansive network:

  • Follow post updates of people from your network.
  • Reach out to them via email.
  • Acknowledge their achievements and congratulate them.

Maggie’s advice for her younger self:

  • You don’t always have to worry about the next step.
  • Really be present.

QUOTES:

“You can learn from everyone.”

Ask, "What can we do together to make it the best?”

“It’s okay to not be okay.”

“When you ask someone how they’re doing; stop and listen to their response.”

On the impact of being a cancer survivor… “Time has become a new lens that I look at things through.”

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