Vice President Marketing and eCommerce Sales
Plano, Texas, USA
Vice President, Industry Relations
Plano, Texas, USA
Introduce yourself. Who are you?
Mic: I have the honor of leading PepsiCo’s Walmart Inc. Marketing team. We’re a group of multidisciplinary marketers charged with winning consumers’ hearts and minds with PepsiCo’s iconic brands.
Kent: I’m a father, husband, brother and son. I’m also the Head of Industry Relations for PepsiCo North America.
You’ve been at PepsiCo for years. What inspires you to stay and grow your career here?
Mic: I’ve been here almost 11 years. PepsiCo is a one-of-a-kind learning environment, and I’m inspired every day.
Kent: 30 years! I remain motivated by the dynamic people I work with and the power of our portfolio.
PepsiCo is known for its people and culture. What about them stands out to you?
Mic: PepsiCo has a positive, can-do spirit. No matter how high the bar is set or how stiff the headwinds are, our culture and team have the confidence and will to find a way to win. I’ve seen it time and time again. It’s an inspiring place!
Kent: Our culture provides an opportunity for career-minded individuals to grow and fulfill their dreams. Our people are the fabric that attracts great leaders and innovators — we are for anyone who wants autonomy and responsibility early in their career.
Why is mentorship important?
Mic: Rarely is there a straight path from where you are to where you want to go. Everyone needs a guide to help define goals, identify a path and encourage persistence.
Kent: Mentorship provides mutual learning. Having a mentee can help anyone stay current and get closer to the business. There’s also so much satisfaction in watching a protégé succeed.
What qualities do you look for when you decide to mentor someone?
Mic: I look for an eagerness to be open and honest. We all need to be able to take feedback. In order to grow, you need to be vulnerable and admit where you need assistance.
Kent: I look for coachable individuals with strong follow-up skills. It is on the mentee to set the pace, and then the mentor will fulfill the promise.
Caroline Ihejiawu mentioned that you’re her mentors. What inspired you to take on that role?
Mic: She radiates thoughtfulness and positive energy. From our first interactions, it was clear she wanted to make a difference. Her spirit, drive and flexibility have made her successful and will fuel her continued growth.
Kent: Caroline has all the qualities of a great leader. She’s humble, smart and willing to take chances. She’s done it her whole career. I’ve had the privilege of a front-row seat.
You’ve also influenced other lives. By mentoring Caroline, you began a thread of influence that has an impact to this day. What can we learn from that?
Mic: It makes me happy, proud and inspired all at once. I honestly had never thought about the impact of paying it forward with mentoring. I’m humbled. I’ve benefited from strong mentors, and it’s just so powerful to see how many lives have been impacted!
Kent: Wow. It’s amazing. Everyone is paying it forward! Ultimately, we want to build a better community where lives are positively impacted. That makes me feel great!