Habits: Dawn Bridges, Al Jazeera America

Sometimes you might not have all the information, but people look to you for decisions, direction, and guidance.

Dawn Bridges
EVP, corporate comms, Al Jazeera America

Morning ritual

I drop my daughter at school, grab a coffee from Joe's at Grand Central, skim papers on the train, and check emails. I also try to go to the gym twice during the work week.
 
Biggest surprise on your iPod/iPhone
As someone who spent 15 years in the music business, I like every possible genre and listen to thousands of artists, so there are not many surprises, but Bob Marley's “Redemption Song” is my most played.

First PR job
Publicist for artists including Bon Jovi, Vanessa Williams, Lionel Richie, Tears for Fears, KISS, and INXS.
 
Required reading
AlJazeera.com, The New York Times, New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and many other outlets.
 
Most regrettable career moment
Not enjoying more of the wonderful experiences I had while they were happening.  In retrospect, I was so focused on what could go wrong, what wasn't going right, or what the future would hold, that I didn't enjoy the present as much as I should have.

Best career advice
[Former CEO] Dick Parsons told a group of senior executives at a Time Warner off-site that leaders lead. Sometimes you might not have all the information, but people look to you for decisions, direction, and guidance.

Most distinct aspect of your personal office
I have a photo on my desk from the Time Life archives taken during an uprising in Budapest against the communists in the late 1950s. It's also a constant reminder of standing up for what you believe in, no matter how tough the consequences may be. It also tells me that no matter how tough things may seem in my life, people around the world are facing real life- and-death circumstances.
 
Proudest career achievement
Having a career in two amazing industries, journalism and music, surrounded by brilliant people, while being a mom to two great children.
 
Guilty TV pleasure
I have two. UCLA basketball and Michigan football.

Ideal day off
On a beach in Australia, Belize, or the Amalfi Coast.

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