Episode 28

Mastering the Art of Leadership, Family, and Self-Growth

Featuring Megan Crokos

Join us on “Balancing Acts,” as we explore the inspiring journey of Megan Crokos, Former Senior Vice President of Product Development at a renowned retail company. Dive deep into the narrative of a woman who has mastered the art of blending leadership, career growth, family life, and positive work culture. Discover how Megan navigates the challenges of a high-powered position while maintaining a rich and fulfilling personal life. Gain insights into her unique approach to leadership, characterized by empathy, strategic planning, and a continual quest for learning.

In this episode, Megan shares her strategies for success, her experiences in transforming workplace culture, and her wisdom on balancing professional aspirations with personal commitments. Perfect for aspiring leaders, working parents, and anyone looking to enrich their professional and personal lives. Tune in for an enriching conversation filled with actionable advice, heartfelt stories, and leadership lessons from a top industry executive.

0:00 Intro to Megan and Early Career/Passion for retail

7:00 Achievement and Impact

13:00 Women In Leadership

26:00 Strategies for Balance

37:00 Vision Boards/Career Advice 

Megan’s journey at Bath & Body Works began in 2007 when she assumed the role of Director of Creative Product Innovations. Her strong leadership and contributions led to her promotion to Assistant Vice President (AVP) in 2009. In 2012, her responsibilities expanded further as she took charge of Creative Fragrance and Innovations within Product Development. Her ascent continued in 2013 when she was promoted to Vice President and culminated in her elevation to Senior Vice President in 2019. In recognition of her talents and accomplishments, Megan was honored with the Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) Top Talent Award in 2019 and in the same year became a member of Chief, an exclusive network dedicated to connecting and empowering women leaders. In 2022, she was celebrated as the Women in Flavors and Fragrance Commerce Gala Honoree.

Before her tenure at Bath & Body Works, Megan amassed over two decades of experience in creating and marketing a wide range of products, including color cosmetics, facial skincare, fragrant body care, and home products, while working with prestigious brands such as Estee Lauder, Clinique, MAC, Jo Malone, La Mer, L’Oréal/Lancôme, Calvin Klein Beauty, and Revlon. Her career began at the ground level, and through her leadership, she rose to the position of Executive Director of Global Product Development. Megan’s academic achievements include earning an MBA earned from Fordham University in New York City, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the American College in London, England, where she graduated Cum Laude. In her personal life, Megan, alongside her husband, Alexander, resides in New Jersey with their rescue greyhound, Shay. Their daughters, Ava and Ariana, have embarked on their own professional journeys, with Ava working in economics and Ariana pursuing a career in graphic design in New York.

The Balancing Act: Mastering the Art of Leadership, Family, and Self-Growth

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