ABC27 Pennsylvania recently profiled Michele Buck, the first female CEO of the Hershey Company.
“I would say certainly growing up there that I never envisioned that I would be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company,” Michele Buck said. “I grew up from very humble means. My mom grew up on a farm with no indoor plumbing, and my father was the first in his family to graduate from high school.”
“In the manufacturing facilities, in particular, women have contacted me, sent me all kinds of letters, and what they say is they can now see themselves in the leadership of this company,” she said.
Buck, 57, says more women will become CEOs when they stop being too hard on themselves for not being perfect.
“I think women need to start by having confidence in themselves. I don’t think women always believe that they can achieve the ultimate in greatness, and I think it starts with knowing yourself, knowing what you’re good at, and then allowing yourself to go for that opportunity,” she said.