Sarah Hardage is Director of Order to Cash, Americas. She grew-up in Wisconsin and is a proud alumnus of Michigan State University where she ran track. Sarah’s career has taken her to Chicago, Baltimore and, more recently, St Louis, where she met my husband. They are expecting their first child in June 2018.
How did you come to Cushman & Wakefield? What do you do?
I joined Cushman & Wakefield in February 2017. I was seeking a company where I believe in the leadership, believed in their vision and believed in their plan to achieve the vision. After my interviews, I was very excited about the opportunity; everyone that I interviewed with was very passionate about Cushman & Wakefield and the company’s progressive strategy and culture. I have an amazing team that views challenges as opportunities to have a positive impact on the company, as well as out internal and external customers.
Why is diversity important in the workplace?
Our backgrounds and experiences form our viewpoints, perspectives and ways of thinking – diversity in these areas is vital to the workplace. Hearing new and different perspectives expands our own ways of thinking and challenges us to think differently. If we are all the same, we will never be exposed and challenged by new ideas. Diversity is critical for a work places to thrive with creativity and innovation.
What’s the best career advice you have ever been given?
The best career advice that I have ever been given was to take ownership of my career – not to wait for opportunities to be presented to me. The person best positioned to be an advocate for your career growth and opportunities will always be yourself. Work hard early in your career and pursue opportunities that will help you determine the career path that you want to pursue; this may require several lateral moves – do not be afraid of lateral moves! Once the path is determined, communicate that vision to your leaders so they know what you want.
How do you #PressforProgress?
Actions always speak louder than words. Working hard, taking pride in my work and striving to be a good mentor to my team, while maintaining my relationships and my health is my contribution to progress.