How I Went from Intern to Dream Career

I stood in the office of my then boss at FedEx and told him I wanted his job one day.

There I was, a 22-year-old recent college graduate, making a bold claim to a man 20 years my senior. After rightfully kicking me out of his office and telling me to get back to work, he said something that I will never forget:

“You show me that someone is willing to follow you — then we’ll talk about leadership.”

That statement stuck with me, and for the next several years we met every month to discuss everything from technology, to leadership, to life. His mentorship propelled my career.

My 16-year professional rise through FedEx Services began in 2004, where I was hired as a logistics operations manager after my internship. In 2006, I was promoted to a support manager, and then to a manager of strategic planning in 2008.

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