Habits: Gail Heimann, president and chief strategy officer, Weber Shandwick

From all that I've been told and observed, my takeaway is be present - with your clients, colleagues, and kids. And be the best role model you can for your children.

Morning ritual
If I am home, it goes like this: 6:22am wake up, feed pugs, flip on morning TV, email, coffee, scan the news, and eat yogurt. I check email a few more times, then I'm out. 

Three days a week, I work out between the news scanning and the yogurt eating.

Favorite city to travel to on business
Cannes is high on my list of business travel destinations.

Required reading
I read my email, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,  and Facebook. To be honest, I probably read my email at regular intervals – except in the shower; though a waterproof device could change that.

First PR job
I was plucked by Edelman to work on the US Virgin Islands account as an account executive. I learned a lot – fast.

Proudest career achievement
Being a part of the team that has helped build Weber Shandwick into the force in our industry.

Best career advice you've ever received
From all that I've been told and observed, my takeaway is be present – with your clients, colleagues, and kids. And be the best role model you can for your children.

Show them they can achieve whatever they want if they have a real passion for it. The rest falls into place.

Most distinct aspect of your office
My office has a jaw-dropping view of the East 60s, a poster of my daughters Madeleine and Lily, and a deactivated chrome cuckoo clock.

Person to call in a crisis
I call my husband. He tackles tough situations with great rationality and courage.

Most regrettable career moment
A blimp we had flown across the country to launch a new pizza crash-landed on a rooftop in New York City on July 4 years ago. No one was seriously hurt. It was the first dirigible disaster since the Hindenburg.

Mentor
My Mom, Rita Heimann. She  believed – even when it was unfashionable – that women should work to achieve whatever they want and can for themselves and their families.

Ideal job, if not in PR
An architect. That said, architect friends have told me to keep my day job.

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