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Here’s What Women’s History Month Looks Like at Mr. Cooper

In honor of Women’s History Month, we asked some of our female leaders to share their words of wisdom. From the personal passions that motivate them, to the life-impacting lessons they’re learning in their careers, we captured inspiration that makes us feel lucky to know and work with these incredible women!

Here’s what they had to say:

Dana Dillard, EVP Corporate Social Responsibility

What are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about learning.  I like to discover new things, learn new skills, meet new people, travel to new places and explore topics I am curious about.  I like to feed my brain!

What’s an important lesson you’ve learned in your career?

I’ve learned it’s not enough to be good at your job; you have to build relationships and be your own advocate in order to be successful. At a certain level, you need to be honest with yourself and ask that hard question: “What do people say about you when you’re not in the room?”  Relationships matter, and everyone needs advocates.

What’s something you would go back and tell your younger self?

Believe in yourself. I once had a mentor during the earlier days in my career that always thought I could do more than I thought I could. He pushed me past my comfort zone. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have learned so much about myself and what I was capable of.

Neenu Kainth, SVP Product Management

What’s a habit you swear by to stay on top of all your responsibilities?

A habit I have cultivated in my career is thinking in 15-minute increments.  When I think of problem solving in 15 minutes bursts, I am amazed at how much gets accomplished in a day.

What’s an important lesson you’ve learned in your career?

The most important lesson is to have a point of view and express it.  I know it’s easier said than done, so I have a couple of rules around having a point of view:

Rule 1: Be an avid learner, so you can evolve your point of view

Rule 2: Be humble and admit how your point of view is evolving

Rule 3: Even better, give credit to those who help you evolve your point of view

Rule 4: Choose work places that value people with a point of view

Rule 5: If you don’t want to express your point of view, admit that you have checked out. Don’t let yourself stay checked out for too long.

What’s something you would go back and tell your younger self?

This is a hard one – I like my younger self.  I came to America to start my undergraduate studies. All I knew about my new college was from a trifold brochure highlighting 360 days of sunshine and a university that offered a good computer science program. Only my younger self could make bold decisions so comfortably. My older self cannot even eat at a restaurant without first checking out the menu, the location, the chef, the traffic and the weather to name a few.

Courtney Ehinger, SVP Performing Servicing

What are you passionate about?

My family – I’m passionate about my job as a wife and mother. Those roles are the hardest jobs I have and what drive me every day.

What’s an important lesson you’ve learned in your career?

Don’t ever turn down an opportunity.  It may not be what you know about, wanted to do or even thought about, but with every opportunity I’ve learned more about myself, gained knowledge and stretched myself, which made me more valuable to every organization I worked for.

What’s something you would go back and tell your younger self?

Lighten up and listen to everyone.  Early in my career, I thought I had to know everything, do everything, stay the latest, be there the earliest – but what I didn’t know was that reaching out to others is the best way to learn.  You don’t have to do it on your own, and its way more fun!

Summer Altobello, SVP Fair Lending and Fair Servicing Compliance

What’s a habit you swear by to stay on top of all your responsibilities?

My habit for over the last 10+ years has been working out at 5am –  it helps me clear my head for the day, and I typically go through my “to-do” list.

Who inspires you?

My 3-year-old son, Hunter, inspires me. He was diagnosed last year on the autism spectrum, and he has taught me a lot about patience, perseverance and realizing that sometimes life puts you on a different path, and when that happens that is typically a chance for personal improvement.

What’s an important lesson you’ve learned in your career?

In order to be successful you have to own your career.  I realized that you have to have a plan of what you are ultimately trying to achieve and set up a path to get there.  That plan may also need to be readjusted depending on your personal goals. It’s also important to build a network of mentors that offer different perspectives. It’s particularly important as women that we make sure that our mentorship circle also includes men as well as people who work in different areas.

Photo credit to Arden Prucha Photography

Kelly Ann Doherty, SVP Corporate Communications

Please share one habit, tactic or “hack” you swear by to stay on top of all your responsibilities. 

I believe it was Dwight D. Eisenhower that once said, “Plans are nothing.  Planning is everything.”  So, I plan!  In communications jobs, situations can arise and things can change on a dime.  By having plans and thoughtfulness where and when you can, even a crisis feels more manageable.

What’s an important lesson you’ve learned in your career?

One of my favorite bosses of all time, Mark McKinnon, once told me to be “stiff in the wind.”  To me that means you should always stay true to who you are and take comfort in knowing that even the strongest storm eventually passes.  Every job and every life will have tough moments, but I’ve learned the most valuable lessons about myself and my own strength on the other side of struggles.

What’s something you would go back and tell your younger self?

I would tell myself to have faith in my own abilities and embrace the moment. Early in my career I was so focused on climbing the ladder that I rarely took a moment to stop and take it all in.

 

These women continue to impact and inspire Mr. Cooper daily, and we are lucky to have them all as members of our team!

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