Executive vice president of human resources at Hewlett-Packard

Smith Major

Career path
Keogh holds an M.B.A. from Harvard and was named one of the most powerful women in HR earlier this year by HR Executive magazine. In 2003 Keogh became the first woman vice president at Analog Devices. In 2011 she joined HP, where she oversees all worldwide strategic human resources. She held similar roles at Hewitt Associates (now Aon Hewitt) and Bloomberg LP. Keogh is proud to be part of the leadership team at the largest Fortune 500 company with a female CEO, CFO and COO. She serves on numerous HR and industry boards.

How to make the most of a mentor or sponsor
“When it comes to finding a mentor or sponsor, your actions are what will make it happen. Sometimes women think hard work is enough. It’s important, but you also have to do it in a way that will get you noticed. When I was coming up, I made sure the leadership knew what I did. I would put a package together at the end of the year of what I accomplished. If I had an opportunity to have dinner with the leadership or to express an interest in working on something, I did. If I found a gap somewhere, I would bring in a solution. It’s your job to make your boss’s job easier; if you do that, people will want to mentor you. Now that I’m a leader, I spend time picking out the people I am going to mentor. If there are mentoring programs at your company, take advantage of them or of networking opportunities like panels, lunches and dinners, where you could meet potential mentors.”

SAQ, Fall 2015