PAMELA MILLERPosted On: Jul. 29, 2007 12:00 AM CST
Vp of Market Strategy and Development
Medco Health Solutions Inc.
Franklin Lakes, N.J.
Pamela Miller’s background is a blend of business, law and philanthropy. Trained as a lawyer, she served as deputy commissioner of health for the City of New York in the David Dinkins administration in the early 1990s. She also was director of environmental and public health for Hudson County, N.J. Prior to joining Medco Health Solutions Inc. in 2003, Ms. Miller worked more than a decade as a vp at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. She currently serves on the boards of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newark, the New Jersey Public Policy Research Institute and is president of the Garden State Bar Assn.
Best professional advice: "You should never consider yourself a finished product. To keep learning and to keep self-improving and improving the work and the company you’re leading. Absolutely embrace diversity in all of its senses—diverse opinions, diverse experience and backgrounds. Diversity is a strengthener, and that could not be more true in this global economy we find ourselves in."
Professional role model: "A role model that I’ve actually met in passing once was Ann Fudge. Ann ran a huge piece of Kraft (Foods Inc.) and was the first African-American woman CEO of a Fortune 500 company (Young & Rubicam Brands). From afar, that is someone I watch closely and who I have enormous respect for."
Advice to young women: "Get as much experience as you can in leading and being part of teams. Take every assignment as an opportunity to learn something new and to meet someone who will become important in your career as you go forward. Ask for assignments that give you experience across the organization or say yes to assignments that take you out of your comfort zone. If it’s finance, go ahead and do something in process redesign. Those well-rounded executives are going to be more valuable to an organization than executives that have more narrow portfolios."