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Bill.com Women Leaders Share Their Best Career Advice

Bill.com Women Leaders Share Their Best Career Advice

Yael Zheng, Chief Marketing Officer

What’s your golden advice for getting ahead in a career?

“Like many parents, I liked reading books to my son when he was young. One of the books that has a simple story but deep meaning is The Little Engine That Could. I think it’s a great story about optimism, hard work, and belief in oneself. I would tell my younger self the signature phrase from the book, ‘I think I can.’ Believe in yourself, don’t let the little voice in the back of your head to talk you out of taking risks, or convince you that something is too hard to achieve or too far out of reach.”   

What’s your personal definition of career success?

“You have nothing left to prove to anyone and no one left to impress.”

Jacqueline Hendy, Senior Vice President, Human Resources

What would you tell your younger self?

“Careers don't follow a straight upward line. There are twists and turns and side-steps, but know that it's going to work out okay as long as you stay clear on what you want (not what others are telling you). I was very lucky, because in high school I discovered that HR was my desired career, and while I'm still reaching for my dreams 20+ years. later, I have never looked back or had regrets on my choice.”

How have you snapped out of being stuck in your career?

“I've usually tried to get clear about what was happening with me when I found myself in a rut. Was it a specific set of interactions, people around me, environments, or cultures?  Once you realize you are in fact in some sort of rut, check to see what is happening around you. There’s usually a cause—it doesn't just happen. Look inside first, and then outward to figure out the cause to guide you to next steps for yourself.”  

What’s your golden advice on getting ahead in a career?

“Work hard. Get sh*t done. Stay true to yourself. Know that you bring unique skills, abilities, and gifts. Try not to compare yourself to others."   

How do you overcome a bad day?

“Do your best in the circumstance and have a strong belief that it is just that— one bad day.  Try not to dramatize too much. A nice of glass of wine or champagne at the end of the day doesn't hurt, either."

What’s your personal definition of career success?   

“Continuing to enjoy the work. Ongoing learning to improve your craft and being a good role model of the profession or the work you are involved in.”

Bora Chung, Senior Vice President, Product

What would you tell your younger self?

"Always have your north star career goal. And re-evaluate it once a year (the younger Bora used to re-evaluate every month, get impatient and anxious, and drive herself crazy). Are you getting closer to the goal post or on a detour? If the latter, make adjustments by seeking different challenges.  

Have a support system around you -- your compass in the journey -- who can help you navigate.  (when I was younger, I thought people senior to me were incredibly busy so I was absolutely hesitant to approach them. Nowadays, I get delighted when the millennials and gen Zers come and seek my advice!) They could be mentors, advocates, sponsors, sounding boards, friends and family.  

And last but not least, for all the working moms out there, I want to share that there is a way to integrate work and family. So shed your working mom guilt and let's make the workplace better for our daughters, nieces, and the generation after them!"

What’s your personal definition of career success?

"I will start by enumerating three things I care less about. Title. Compensation. Number of team members you manage. To me, the three things I pursue relentlessly are: expertise, followership, and sphere of influence.

  • Expertise: Are you regarded as the thought leader in your space?  
  • Followership: Do people follow you because your points of views and judgments are well-rounded and holistic? Are you good at developing your team?  
  • Sphere of influence: Can you align and rally cross-functional teams with the right strategy and have them flawlessly execute together?"
March 8, 2019
Tanya Roberts
VP of Corporate Marketing, Bill.com
Tanya is a marketing visionary seasoned in establishing strong corporate brands and growth. Prior to Bill.com, she served as SVP of Marketing for GreenRoad, acting VP of Marketing for Drivewyze, and held executive roles at Intuit, SugarSync and PayCycle. Tanya holds a bachelor of science degree from University of Denver.