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A Finance Leader Balances Work, Family and Helping Other Women

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In two video clips, General Mills’ Emily Backstrom shares her experience juggling work and family and describes General Mills’ Women Across Finance program.

March is Women’s History Month and NeuGroup is recognizing the achievements, challenges and experiences of successful women in finance. Below you’ll find two video clips with insights from Emily Backstrom, vice president for corporate finance at General Mills. She has worked at the company for more than two decades; today, she oversees enterprise FP&A, financial capabilities and systems, and financial support for several global functions.

  • Later this month, Ms. Backstrom will be a guest on NeuGroup’s Strategic Finance Lab podcast—available on Apple and Spotify. In an interview with NeuGroup’s Nilly Essaides, she discusses her career journey, including a decade of experience in commercial finance leadership roles across the company’s operating segments, including four years in Singapore, where she served as vice president of finance for Asia & Latin America.
  • In the first video clip below, Ms. Backstrom describes her personal experiences managing her career, including when she was a new mother, and discusses the value of deciding to lean into your career at certain times and, at other times, to step back to devote more time to family.

In the second clip, she shares how General Mills supports women throughout the enterprise and within the finance organization via a group called Women Across Finance. It organizes circles of like-minded women to foster professional relationships and mentorships, and allows senior leaders like Ms. Backstrom to give back as they rise through the ranks of the company.

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