SHE LEADS – with Marguerite Martakis

Job Title

Product Marketing Manager, Cox Automotive

What would you tell your younger self?

Believe in yourself – always. You will always be your biggest advocate, and you can do whatever you set your mind to!

What was your major in college and how did you get to the position you are in today?

Psychology & English. Both disciplines have enabled me to understand personality and perspective – and then be able to strategize and write to it!

What was your inspiration and what helped you become successful? How do you define success?

Music and dance have always been my inspiration – talk about dedication and discipline, and how it helps your mind, body and spirit. I define success as doing what makes you happy, and living an honorable life that is supportive of others as well. Negativity is toxic, and when it takes hold, it permeates.

How do you balance your work and personal life? Often times one has more importance, and we’re curious to know how you’ve handled the balance.

In today’s environment, that can be difficult. I know I’m a better worker at work and partner at home when I fit music and get in a good workout at least 4 times a week. It’s important to make time for you and be present when you’re with loved ones.

What is your favorite quote?

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.   Attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt.

What’s your favorite part of your job and why?

Seeing a strategy/project come to successful fruition.

What is your favorite hobby?

I have two: Step Aerobics and Baking (which is why I do step aerobics)

What advice do you want to give the next generation of women leaders?

Remember the 3 R’s of respect: Respect yourself, respect others, respect the environment. If we all followed this practice, imagine how amazing this world would be.

What does leadership mean to you?

Leading by example, and lead with the 3 Rs noted above.

What’s your advice on mentoring?

Take the opportunity to find a mentor and be a mentor. Everyone can learn from someone and everyone has something to teach.

What’s your favorite ice cream?

Carvel soft vanilla with chocolate sprinkles! I’m old school!