Senior Product Manager – Performance Running Footwear | New Balance
Claire is passionate about the active lifestyle industry despite the tough days. She is a world traveler, forming lasting friendships with colleagues while working hard to strive for life balance. Claire is an avid runner and yoga instructor, and strives to consistently surround herself with friends and relationships that nurture her spirit. With a loving and supportive family, Claire considers herself lucky to have had all the opportunities that have come her way, including her position at New Balance as senior product manager of performance running footwear.
EDUCATION & DEGREE(S) ACHIEVED: B.A. Sociology, James Madison University; Certified Yoga Instructor
MOST IMPORTANT THING I HAVE LEARNED: There is listening, and there is really listening.
BEST ADVICE I WAS GIVEN OR THAT I WOULD GIVE: “You can only eat an elephant one bite at a time.”
BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU’VE OVERCOME: I’ve experienced big change as it is occurring. It’s hard not to take resistance personally but I’ve learned to put myself in the position of others, understanding their perspective. It’s rewarding when you cross over into new territory together.
I COULDN’T DO MY JOB WITHOUT: My team
BIGGEST LIFE LESSON: Have a point of view. It can change, but have one.
WHAT OR WHO HAS ENABLED YOU TO BECOME SUCCESSFUL: Tom Carleo, my boss. He has taught me how to navigate and inspire our organization to achieve better product and experiences for our customers. He sees the big picture and challenges me to think outside my comfort zone.
BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT TO DATE: Being bold in my career, in advocating for myself and for what I believe in.
WHAT YOU WOULD WANT YOUR LEGACY TO BE: Running shoes travel miles that carry a lot of stories, dreams and hardships – if I can somehow contribute to making those miles better, then I sleep well at night.
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN TWO WORDS: Passionate and Bold.