Habits: Pam Wickham, VP, corporate affairs and communications, Raytheon

I've made my share of mistakes, but I don't regret them. Every step I've taken along the career path has led me to where I am today. I like to look forward, not back.

Morning ritual 
Two cups of coffee while I watch the first 30 minutes of Morning Joe on MSNBC.

Then I kick it into gear with email and social channels and a scan of all the key news sites and broadcast networks.

I also check regional media from close to headquarters, such as the Boston Herald and Boston.com, plus aggregator news sites such as Yahoo News.

I always check in on Words With Friends, too.

Required reading
Politico and The Huffington Post, followed by my Twitter feed and LinkedIn page. For fun, all new issues of Vanity Fair and Coastal Living.

Most regrettable career moment 
I've made my share of mistakes, but I don't regret them. Every step I've taken along the career path has led me to where I am today. I like to look forward, not back.

First PR job
I worked at Richard Weiner in New York City, which later became part of Porter Novelli.

I loved that agency and learned so much from Dick Weiner. His commanding presence, client-service focus, creativity, and mentoring gave me a strong foundation for a lifelong career in this industry.

Guilty TV pleasure
Anything and everything on the NFL during the season.

Proudest career achievement
When I joined Raytheon in 2005 and helped expand the ranks of female executive officers in the Fortune 500.

Most distinct aspect of  your personal office
My jar of shells collected from a beach in North Carolina. Right next to it is a sign that says, “Life is Good...At The Beach.” It's the Zen corner of my desk. 

Ideal job, if not in PR
It would have to be an interior decorator. I love shopping for furniture and art, or spending a day rearranging a room. My house is pretty much done so I'm constantly helping my friends and family redecorate theirs.

Best career advice  
Don't manage your career, manage your work. If you are the star performer who consistently delivers for your boss, managers will fight to have you on their team. If your work is stellar, your career will be, too.

What is your favorite place to grab a drink?
My front porch on a summer afternoon looking at the beautiful Berkshires Mountains. That, or any cafe in Paris or Venice.

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