There’s an old proverb that behind every great man stands a great woman. This saying has been iterated in various forms over time, including Former Prime Minister’s wife Maryon Pearson, who famously stated that “behind every successful man stands a surprised woman.”
While we have (fortunately) progressed beyond the gendered norms that tempered this proverb, the essence of the quote rings true: every successful person is supported by a team of talented individuals.
Last Friday, we had the good fortune of meeting with Tracey Sobers, one of the most influential and talented figures in Premier Dalton McGuinty’s office. Ms. Sobers served as Mr. McGuinty’s Executive Assistant for nine years.
You can imagine the wealth of information and advice she relayed to us.
Tracey outlined her career arc with grace and humour, highlighting some of the more pivotal moments in her professional life. One message resonated with the interns: personality matters. From file clerk to communications expert to the Premier’s Executive Assistant and to consultant, Ms. Sobers credited much of her professional success to her personality, professionalism, and strong work ethic. While important, we weren’t surprised that Tracey’s personability has helped her succeed. The interns have noticed Tracey’s warmth and compassion from the first time we met her at Dalton McGuinty’s book launch. Since then, Tracey has been nothing but kind, helpful, and thoughtful towards the interns.
Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with us Tracey! We wish you all the best with your consulting projects, and are looking forward to seeing you at the Pearson Centre’s launch of the Pursuing Justice Project!