As part of a continuing series of interviews with executives on the 5 Most Important Things they have Learned in Business and Life, we spoke with author and consultant Ruth Stevens. Ruth discusses why culture is more important than money or title in a career choice, why being miserable in a job leads to poor work results, the difference between line jobs and staff jobs, three tips on self-employment, and why your personal life should never, never be sacrificed on the altar of a career (my take-away).
Ruth P. Stevens is the author of three books, B2B Data-Driven Marketing: Sources, Uses, Results, Maximizing Lead Generation: The Complete Guide for B2B Marketers, and Trade Show and Event Marketing: Plan, Promote, Profit. Her expertise in customer acquisition and retention derives from a decade and a half of hands-on marketing for both large enterprises and start-up companies. Just prior to beginning her consulting practice, she served as chief marketing officer at an Internet company in New York City. Before that, she had broad responsibilities for direct marketing at three corporate giants – IBM, Ziff-Davis and Time Warner.
Ruth serves on the board of directors of Edmund Optics, a leading supplier and manufacturer of industrial optics and components, based in Barrington, NJ. Ruth is a frequent contributor to a variety of marketing publications. She teaches marketing to graduate students at Columbia Business School. Ruth serves on the board of the Direct Marketing Club of New York.
She is past chair of the Business-to-Business Council of the Direct Marketing Association and holds a BA from Hamilton College and an MBA from Columbia University. Ruth’s consultancy;eMarketing Strategy is in New York. She was also named one of the most influential people in B2B Marketing by Cain’s B2B Magazine.
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