Texas-born Charlotte Beers began her career as an account executive at J. Walter Thompson Advertising, becoming its first female Senior Vice President. She next served as CEO at Tatham-Laird & Kudner, followed by five years as Chairman/CEO of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide.
In 1997, Fortune Magazine placed her on the cover of their first issue to feature the most powerful women in America. In 1999, Beers received the “Legend in Leadership Award” from the Chief Executive Leadership Institute of the Yale School of Management. She has been honored with the prestigious Matrix Award from New York Women in Communications for her outstanding accomplishments in advertising, and was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame in 2009.
From October 2001 until March 2003, she worked for the Bush Administration as the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. She was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the State Department’s highest honor.
Charlotte serves on the Board of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and conducts seminars throughout Europe and the United States called “The X Factor,” “X” representing the potential of women to lead. The workshops have given women the tools to take charge, find pride and power at work, and to learn to never miss a moment to lead in the many industries they represent.