Celebrating International Women's Day with Women Leaders

Join us in celebrating by getting to know three unique leaders at Crocs.

Michelle Poole

SVP and Chief Product & Merchandising Officer

"I think successful women leaders are ones that lead with their head and their heart."

Tell us about your role at Crocs and how long you have been with the company.

I am SVP and Chief Product & Merchandising Officer, and have been with the company over four years.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

I guess I consider myself an “International Woman”. I am British with a twin sister and mother in England, a niece in Texas, and best girl friends in London, Barcelona, Seattle, San Francisco and Singapore. The day is a great reminder to celebrate all the amazing women in my life around the world.

What do you think makes a successful leader? And in particular, woman leader?

I think successful women leaders are ones that lead with their head and their heart. They are open about their faults and compassionate, but at the same time they aren’t afraid to be strong, express their opinions and make tough decisions.

How does Crocs support women in their careers and personal lives?

We have several women on our Senior Leadership Team as well as a strong track record of internal promotions and global mobility. Our global network, Women@Crocs, was created to provide opportunities for professional development, internal advocacy, and mentorship for all female Crocs employees.

What’s your own personal mantra?

“What’s the worst that can happen?”

MAKI Kimura

Director of E-Commerce, Japan

“Strive to be flexible and responsive to changes in the environment and use them to create new challenges and possibilities.”

MAKI Kimura

Tell us about your role at Crocs and how long you have been with the company.

I am the Director of E-Commerce for Japan, and I’ve been here for almost eight years.

What do you think is the biggest challenge for women in business today?

I think balancing responsibilities is the biggest challenge for women. The family expects her to be a mother and wife, while the business requires her to be the leader and show commitment. It becomes more difficult for those who lack social and family support to carry all these responsibilities by themselves.

What do you do to support women in the workplace or in your daily life?

The E-comm team in Japan is made up of eight women. To support them in the workplace I stress the importance of having a healthy work-life balance and encourage them to take holidays or family leave as needed.

If you could impart one message to the next generation of female leaders, what would you say?

Strive to be flexible and responsive to changes in the environment and use them to create new challenges and possibilities.

What’s your own personal mantra?

“There is no one right way to achieve success.”

ROSIE REGA MANSILLA

General Manager, Sawgrass Mills Outlet, Florida

“Every time you climb a rung in the corporate ladder or shatter a glass ceiling, look back and pull someone else up with you.”

Tell us about your role at Crocs and how long you have been with the company.

I am Rosie Rega Mansilla and I have been with Crocs for eight happy, successful years. I am the General Manager of Mighty Sawgrass Outlet, the number-one-in-volume Crocs store in the entire world.

Is there a woman or women who have made an impact on you?

In 2015 when I became the GM of Mighty Sawgrass I was lucky enough to have the incredible Assistant Store Manager, Alejandra Cardona, at my side. Aleja had been at Sawgrass since it opened and found herself boxed in by preconceived notions about women, immigrants, and people who do not identify English as a first language. I quickly recognized Aleja’s talent and the respect the team had for her, and together we built Sawgrass into Mighty Sawgrass! In late 2017 Alejandra achieved her dream of becoming a Store Manager for Crocs. Alejandra is a powerful example of what can be achieved when opportunity meets passion; she is my hero.

What do you think is the biggest challenge for women in business today?

I believe promoting women to leadership roles is vital to our continued growth and influence in business. As women we have unique abilities intrinsic to our identity that fosters cooperation, team-building and compromise. In order to reach our full potential as leaders, we need to embrace our inner journey that blends compassion and empathy, and inspire others to help them reach their full potential.

What’s your own personal mantra?

"I want to love first and live incidentally."
—Zelda Fitzgerald