To the editor,
Shelley Brindle's name rang a bell, though it took me awhile to place it.
Shelley was an executive vice president at HBO, overseeing their $4.5 billion US business, a position she held until March 2016. It turns out she regularly attended the annual Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, an event I have worked on as a behind-the-scenes freelancer for 10+ years. I had no idea Shelley lived in Westfield until a few months ago. She did not include her participation in this elite event in her bio, yet it deserves to be called out.
The Summit is an invitation-only gathering of the roughly 400 top women in business, government, academia, non-profit, and the arts, as identified by the editors of Fortune.
Fortune invites only the very top executives, women well versed in how to lead an innovate successfully. Regular attendees, in addition to Shelley, include Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO, GM; Cathy Englebert, CEO, Deloitte; Sandi Peterson, Group WW Chairman, Johnson & Johnson; Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook, to name a few. Ivanka, Michelle, and Hillary have all participated in past Summits. Warren Buffett was the lone man in attendance for years.
It is a really big deal to be included.
The events team is gearing up for the 2017 Summit, taking place in Washington, DC, Oct. 9-11. I will miss seeing Shelley there this year, and I am sure her peers will as well.
Westfield is extremely fortunate that this super-smart, super-driven former top executive — one of the most accomplished business leaders in the country — is willing to put her intellect and drive to work as our mayor.
I urge you to meet Shelley, support Shelley, and vote Shelley for mayor.