Columbia Alumna Gives Secrets of Success

When it comes to success, Maryam Banikarim '89BC, '93BUS, '93SIPA has figured out the perfect balance.

The global chief marketing officer of Hyatt Hotels brings her unique perspective to the brand, but values the opinions of those who have been in the field longer.

"When you come from the outside you look at things from a different lens. You might see different opportunities,‚ÄĚ she told the Miami Herald. "But it's a combination of the view from outside, plus the expertise of those who know the business coming together that help you see a new path forward."

Banikarim told the Herald that leaders need to surround themselves with people of different backgrounds.

"People who aren't afraid to voice their opinions," she added.

Earlier in the year, Banikarim told Fortune that being patient is key in the workplace.

"When you come into a new organization, you have to spend a good amount of time listening and learning, and you have to come up with that process for listening and learning," she said. "You have to take the time to understand the nuances before coming up with a plan forward. I have learned that lesson over time, and it is a particularly important one as I think I about this next stage."

 Banikarim is an active alumna, serving on the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) board, the CAA Alumni Outreach and Services Committee, and the Barnard Professional and Leadership Development Committee (PLDC).

"I spent many years at Columbia and I loved every minute of it," she said. "I made great friends, learned a lot and came into myself. I'm happy to share my love of all things Columbia with others."

Click to read more of Banikarim's success secrets in the Miami Herald and Fortune.

Follow Banikarim on Twitter @maryamb and check out her recent interview with Columbia Business School. 


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