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Women inspire me every single day. Their tenacity, wit, enthusiasm, power and grace have provided the world with amazing businesses that have transformed industries. Her Success Story is a podcast that allows these impactful and fascinating women to share their success journey with the world. Their triumphs, along with their failures. Their lessons, along with their leadership. And their determination to follow their dreams. Listen in each week as we talk to women in fashion, coaching, corporate, legal and so much more.

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Jul 29, 2019

Clare Hart

Clare Hart

CEO, Williams Lea



CLARE HART is the former Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors of Sterling Talent Solutions, the global leader in background screening with nearly 4,000 employees in 20 offices in 9 countries. Clare joined Sterling in 2013 and while at Sterling, she doubled the size of the company – Revenue and EBITDA – and scaled the business through new leadership driving organizational, cultural and technology improvements.  In June 2015, Goldman Sachs acquired Sterling; the previous owner was Calera Capital.

Prior to joining Sterling, Clare was President and CEO of Infogroup and a member of the Board of Directors from July 2010 through December 2011.

From 2006 to 2010, she was Executive Vice President, Dow Jones & Company, a News Corporation Company, and President, Dow Jones Enterprise Media Group. Clare was President and CEO of Factiva, a joint venture between Dow Jones and Reuters, from 2000 to 2006.

Clare has won numerous awards for leadership and innovation including Inside Market Data’s 2010 Hall of Fame, where she was recognized as "The Visionary” and Drexel University’s Drexel 100, the University’s alumni hall of fame.   She also served on the boards of the Direct Marketing Association and the Software and Information Industry Association.

Clare received a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Computer Systems Management from Drexel University and a M.B.A. from Rider University.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The pursuit of technology, knowing that computers will always be a part of our lives
  • The career value of learning sales skills as they also teach us about business and ourselves
  • Not being afraid to take risks. Even lateral moves can present new opportunities
  • The importance of resiliency to weather the surprises that each day brings and the importance of responding instead of reacting, by problem solving and managing through
  • Being aware and open to the opportunities that might be unexpectedly presenting themselves
  • The importance of working out and staying physically and mentally strong
  • Development of leadership skills through practice, the power of observation and mentorship
  • The importance of relationships and the need for nurturing the good relationships
  • The improved level of success for companies that have diversity on their Boards
  • Advice for young people: work hard, commit to lifelong learning, have a positive attitude
  • The value of having data to support your position, in gaining a level of respect