The Value of Friendship with Pamela Fierst-Walsh

I absolutely love today’s guest and she’s the closest person I have to a sister. I asked my friend, Pamela Fierst-Walsh, to come on Brave Women at Work.

Pam and I talked about how our friendship has supported us professionally over the years, what a Personal Board of Advisors is and why you may want to consider having one, and why friends often can’t be on your board because they tell you what you want to hear rather than pushing you out of your comfort zone.

Spoiler alert, I got lucky with Pam. She has no problem stretching and challenging me to use the logical part of my brain instead of my heart and intuition all of the time, for example!

This was such a fun conversation and I learned things about Pam and our friendship that were new to me. I hope you enjoy this show and reflect on your own friendships as a result!

About Pamela Fierst-Walsh:

Pamela Fierst-Walsh is the Vice President of Traceability for PVH. Before that time, she was the Senior Advisor for the U.S. Department of State’s team responsible for policy and implementation on conflict and critical minerals. She was also the U.S. representative to the Kimberley Process.

Over the course of her career, Pamela has focused on critical national security issues, including security and counterterrorism issues, atrocities prevention, and humanitarian assistance. She has extensive experience in Africa, particularly the Horn.

In her work on minerals, Pamela routinely engaged private sector counterparts on supply chain concerns and obligations under U.S. law.

She is a graduate of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and the National Defense University’s National War College.


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