Trading bricks for jade? What does that have to do with career development? Everything, says Jill Hellman, in her interview with Peter Hill for DRIVING YOUR CAREER. “Trading bricks for jade”
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Jill S. Hellman

Trading bricks for jade? What does that have to do with career development? Everything, says Jill Hellman, in her interview with Peter Hill for DRIVING YOUR CAREER. “Trading bricks for jade” is just one of the 36 stratagems of ancient China, a work that Ms. Hellman insists offers powerful lessons for contemporary career development. In this interview, listen to her discuss some of the other stratagems, such as “retreat to come back stronger” and “move early to the next battlefield”, why you should gain familiarity with emerging markets, how to “shed the skin” of your career and develop a personal brand, and why it’s important to find executive mentors to help you in building your own executive career.

Ms. Hellman serves as the Managing Director of Thayer Lodging Group’s businesses in China. She works closely with Thayer’s joint venture partner, Jin Jiang Group, and is also a member of the Board of Directors of Interstate China, based in Shanghai. Ms. Hellman has 18 years of experience leading and deploying strategic initiatives and businesses within companies worldwide.

In addition to her corporate work, Ms. Hellman is a sought after speaker globally. She has professionally addressed audiences in the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Iceland, Greenland, Denmark, Bulgaria, Singapore, Finland, Guatemala, and China. She has advised, coached, and/or trained in areas such as strategy, innovation, and executive development for organizations like Microsoft, Interactive Media, and the Nordic Innovation Centre.

Ms. Hellman is active in her hometown of Broward County, Florida, having served on the boards of nonprofits such as Gilda’s Club, an organization named after Gilda Radner for families touched by cancer. She has lived in three countries and studied in four. She holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University, where she has been inducted into the distinguished alumni parliament. She attributes “…training being part of her DNA…” from her roots of studying human behavior. She then received her M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Driving Your Career

Exploring 21st Century best practices to help you better manage your career and execute more effective job searches in today's rapidly changing marketplace. Interviews with experts such as career coaches, corporate hiring authorities, executive recruiters, consultants at B-School career management centers, and senior executives who have successfully navigated their careers.


Host: Peter Hill - Principal Consultant, P.H.I. Consulting

Peter Hill is Principal Consultant of P.H.I. Consulting, a boutique career and job search advisory group that has been serving mid- to senior executives in the Asia Pacific and globally since 1999. The Global Times, and increasingly his base of clients in more than 20 countries, recognize him as “The Career Doctor.”
Peter is a Certified Five O’Clock Club Career Coach, dually certified and three-time TORI award-winning résumé writer, and contributor to more than 10 career guidance books in the US and Australia. The China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University retain Peter as Visiting Lecturer. He is also a frequently invited guest speaker on career management topics and has lived and worked in Shanghai, China for 10 years and previously in Nagoya, Japan for 6 years.


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