The new CEO of big data company Talend says that the resilience she learned as a kid growing up without electricity or running water helped her guide the company through the pandemic (TLND)
- In January, cloud data company Talend recruited Christal Bemont as its new CEO, following her 15 year stint at Concur.
- Just a couple months later, she had to lead the company through the coronavirus crisis, but still managed to exceed Wall Street’s expectations in the first quarter.
- Bemont says that she pulled on her past experiences with adversity to help her lead.
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As the oldest in a family with four children squished into a trailer in Missouri without electricity or running water, Christal Bemont had to grow up fast. She got a job starting at age 10 to contribute to the family’s finances and helped grow food so that they’d have enough to eat. She eventually became the first person in her family to go to college, taking out student loans that would take her ten years to pay off.
“When those things happen at a very early age, I’ve seen people fall to the ground and succumb to their circumstances,” Bemont told Business Insider, “Or figure out a way to get through that.”
She chose the latter: “What it taught me was resilience,” she said.
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[Source: Business Insider]