Erin M. Van Zeeland, 2009 Honoree

Vice president, business transformation
Schneider National Inc.
Green Bay, , Wis.
First job:
"Selling my mom's artwork to customers on the Jersey shore. Had to learn how to engage, create value and develop a satisfied customer who can't wait to return so that I could help them solve their next 'special gift' problem."
Most valuable career advice:
"People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care."
Best mentoring relationship:
"Bob Protzman taught me how to think like an executive at my customer's headquarters. He showed me what was important and why and helped me determine how to put the puzzle together in a way that would excite and delight. He loved 'growing me and others i
People you'd invite to your dream dinner party:
"Jesus, Frank Sinatra, John F. Kennedy and my dad. The first man I loved and the men we loved together."
Passion outside of work:
"My husband and my children (Paige, 7, and Jack, 6)."
Leadership philosophy in a nutshell:
"I believe in leadership. The ability to move people to believe and realize a new and better condition. It starts with a belief in you. You need seek input, data, opinions, paradigm-shifting opportunities and continue to make your world bigger in order t
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