President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board, Smithers-Oasis Company
In Uplifting Leaders (*Who Happen to be Women), authors Barb Brown and Margie Fly
nn have curated a thoughtful collection of candid insights and advice from 25 of the nation’s most accomplished and influential women in business who have succeeded both in the workplace and in life.
Just south of BrownFlynn’s Cleveland-based corporate sustainability and governance consulting firm, sits the Smithers-Oasis Company, a leading global manufacturer and marketer of floral foam, floral accessory products, cellular growing media, and postharvest products.
The company, which has been around since 1954, is run by the dynamic President, CEO and Chairman of the Board Robin M. Kilbride.
In Uplifting Leaders, Robin shares how a discussion with her pastor’s wife helped shift her leadership focus:
“At one point in her life, Robin Kilbride…had a great career, but she doubted whether she was using her gifts and talents in the best way. ‘I talked to my minister’s wife,’ she recalls, ‘and she said I was wrong. She told me, ‘You have the ability to influence and touch so many people!’ That simple statement inspired me—it made me look at what I could do in a totally different way. We forget that we don’t all have to be in service industries to make an impact.’”
Robin began her career at Smithers-Oasis in 1983 as a senior financial analyst, was named to controller in 1987, chief financial officer in 2001, executive vice president in 2005, president and chief operations officer in 2006, and president and chief executive officer in 2011 after leading a management buyout of the company. She was elected chairman of the board in 2014.
Robin currently serves on the boards and committees of several private companies and non-profit organizations, including Ball Horticultural Company, Kent State University, and Wadsworth United Methodist Church.
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