Habits: Silvia Davi, head, corporate comms and brand, Marsh & McLennan

Be passionate about what you do, lead by example, and never stop learning.

Morning ritual
Every morning I read and respond to important email correspondence regarding overnight business developments. I also catch up on all relevant news by scanning preferred feeds on my iPad and reading daily newspapers during my morning commute.

Required reading
I regularly read major business press, such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, FT, as well as online news sites and Twitter headlines. I also enjoy Condé Nast Traveler, Vogue, Wine Spectator, and American Baby.

First PR job
My first corporate experience in this business was during my time in the PR department at the American Stock Exchange. I was working part time during college and it was a real eye-opening experience. My first full-time PR job was with Ogilvy Public Relations.

Proudest career achievement
Fortunately I've had many proud moments throughout my career. I proudly serve as an adjunct professor in Hofstra University's PR program. In addition, my work building global awareness campaigns for the NASDAQ MarketSite through strategic PR stand out for me. I received two proclamations from Mayor Bloomberg's office for specific campaigns I secured.

Best career advice you've ever given
Be passionate about what you do, lead by example, and never stop learning.

Most distinct aspect of your personal office
My very detailed and action-driven whiteboard.

Person to call in a crisis
My family. I'm Italian and Mexican. Family comes first.

Mentor and why
I've been fortunate to have mentors who are experts in PR and marketing, as well as other disciplines. As a result, I feel strongly about mentoring others in return. In fact, I'm currently mentoring several former students and interns.

Favorite city to travel to for business
Milan and Mexico City, which also happen to be in two of my favorite countries.

Ideal job, if not in PR
Something in fashion, TV news, the arts, or tourism.

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