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Challenging Myself & Finding Professional Growth

Salesforce Architect, Rachel Hubel, explains how Publicis Sapient’s Next Generation Leadership Team (NGLT) program challenged her to think differently and helped her to grow as a professional leader.

Rachel Hubel
Rachel Hubel

I was traveling for a client project when I first heard about the Next Generation Leadership Team (NGLT) through my coworker. Comprised of 26 passionate individuals, to mirror the number of people on our global Publicis Sapient Leadership Team, the NGLT is a unique two-year program for team members at the Manager career stage and below. The team is dedicated to solving various problems within our business and helps create inter-generational learning amongst groups within the company to deliver the best experience possible for all Publicis Sapient employees.

Just as Publicis Sapient once took a chance on me almost 5 years ago after I left the print industry, I knew that this was my chance to help create something great, while directly having an impact on the company as a whole. I jumped at the opportunity as I collected a letter of recommendation and submitted my application.

On the day I was accepted into the program, I remember receiving a call from a random number. Thinking it was spam, I hastily answered. Turns out, it was our CEO, Nigel Vaz, personally calling me to let me know that I was chosen out of almost 300 candidates to join the 26-person Next Generation Leadership Team.

Yes, I almost hung up on Nigel Vaz! Looking back, I appreciate that he called to congratulate each one of us personally. That speaks volumes about how important the program is and shows that he really counts on us to make a difference within the organization. Fast forward a couple of weeks and the newly formed NGLT had a meetup with Nigel where we informally spoke about challenging norms for our business by thinking differently about being the voice of Digital Business Transformation for our people as well as our clients. We were encouraged to tackle problems through disruptive thinking.


“Turns out, it was our CEO, Nigel Vaz, personally calling me to let me know that I was chosen out of almost 300 candidates to be accepted onto the 26-person Next Generation Leadership Team.”

Since joining the NGLT, I have met men and women from all around the world, each representing various career stages and capabilities. From Engineering to Strategy & Consulting and everything in between, each talented individual brings a different perspective forward during our team calls. As an extrovert, I get my energy when I see others succeed and I think that has been one of my favorite things to experience while being on this team. With each meeting, I get to collaborate on creative, reliable solutions to better our organization for our people. I am proud of the solutions we have come up with, thus far and I can’t wait to see what we accomplish in the future.

Rachel Hubel
Rachel Hubel
Salesforce Architect
Rachel is a self-proclaimed nerd about Salesforce and helps lead the Women's Leadership Network (WLN) mentorship program. You can find her climbing mountains in the summer, gardening in her backyard, or reading a book in her hammock. Join Rachel’s team!

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