WEN Houston Chapter Downtown Luncheon

Hether Benjamin Brown, Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer - Calpine

Driving Value: For leaders, adding value is important but driving value is essential in today’s environment. Distinguishing between the two can be challenging but once you do, the impact can be remarkable. Often, we as leaders question our worth and measure ourselves by asking “Am I adding value to my company?” By this question, what we are really questioning is whether I am delivering what my company expects of me? Do the tasks I am completing contribute to our profitability? Do I perform my job better than someone else could? Driving value is a very different way of thinking, a different mindset, about your role in the company. This mindset is about causing and guiding the value creation accomplished by others. It’s focused less narrowly on your own particular tasks or assigned role, but rather on how you lead teams to help a company meet its larger goals. Hether will share practical experience in how learning to cause and guide value creation leads to executive success.

Speaker Info: Hether Benjamin Brown has served as Calpine’s Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer since May 2014. In this role, she oversees the company’s Human Resources, Information Technology and Facilities functions. Ms. Benjamin Brown previously served as Calpine’s Senior Vice President of Human Resources beginning in February 2012. In this role, she led staffing and talent acquisition, organizational development, and compensation and benefits. She joined Calpine in May 2009 as Vice President of Supply Chain Services, and in that position she transformed and centralized Calpine’s supply chain function to improve efficiency, lower costs and leverage the company’s size and scale nationally. Prior to joining Calpine, she was Director of Supply Chain Management for the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Previously, Ms. Benjamin Brown served in leadership roles of increasing responsibility at other public- and private-sector organizations in the aerospace/defense, environmental/waste and information technology industries. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Women’s University.

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