WWE executive offers advice to young women at Sacred Heart

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Linda E. McMahon, left, and her daughter Stephanie McMahon speak at Sacred Heart University as part of the ‘Women Can Have It All’ series. (Tracy Deer-Mirek photo)

Stephanie McMahon, World Wrestling Entertainment executive and television personality, had some words of wisdom for young women starting out in their careers during the first session of a series titled “Women Can Have It All” at Sacred Heart University. One piece of advice: Watch what you Tweet because it could haunt you throughout your career.

The series is being hosted by university trustee Linda McMahon, WWE co-founder and former chief executive officer and Stephanie’s mother.

Before a capacity crowd of students from the John F. Welch College of Business, Linda McMahon questioned her daughter about the rewards and challenges of balancing family, work, friendships and personal time. Stephanie McMahon is currently chief brand officer of World Wrestling Entertainment, a company founded by her parents.

“My mom gave me great advice,” Stephanie said on the subject of work-life balance. “It won’t always be 50-50. Sometimes family will take priority; other times, the job will come first. You will have to make sacrifices. You will need to decide what your ‘all’ is.”

She acknowledged she was given greater opportunities because she worked her way up in a family business, but noted the downside: “It’s much harder when your dad is the boss. Parents always expect more of their children.”

Stephanie had plenty of advice for the aspiring businesswomen, such as get as many internships as possible, pursue an MBA because you will have to manage people and budgets, learn another language, network and learn from other people.

She also advised the audience to “have a mentor and be a mentor,” take risks and accept mistakes as a way to learn and beware of the downfalls of exposing too much via social media.

“No matter what position you are in, do the best job you possibly can,” she said. “Overachieve.”

Stephanie is the primary spokesperson for WWE’s community initiatives, such as “Be a STAR,” WWE’s anti-bullying program.

Linda McMahon stepped down as CEO of WWE in 2009 to run for the U.S. Senate. She was the Republican nominee to represent Connecticut in 2010 and 2012. As a business executive, Linda helped grow WWE from a 13-person operation to a publicly traded global enterprise with more than 800 employees worldwide.

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