Congratulations Brandi Galvin Morandi, the winner of our 2018 Connection award. We will be honoring Brandi (and our other winners) at our annual Make Your Mark Awards on Thursday, Nov 15 at the Santa Clara Marriott. RSVP to celebrate with us!
Brandi Galvin Morandi is the Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Equinix, the global interconnection and data center company. Brandi leads a global organization, responsible for legal and regulatory compliance matters, governmental affairs and corporate governance, including working closely with the Equinix Board of Directors. Under her leadership, her organization has grown to support a business generating over $5 billion in revenues annually. Brandi has led the successful consummation of numerous acquisitions and joint ventures nationally and internationally and has also led the internal and external legal teams to complete over $27 billion in equity and debt financings.
When Brandi co-founded the Equinix Woman’s Leadership Network 10 years ago, her goal was not to separate women from men, but to help elevate them towards equality. This is why her Connection Award is so fitting as this year, the EWLN further branched into the leadership space across the world to bring leaders together to take immediate action in removing gender bias. Through practicing inclusion and driving action through top leaders, the discussion and awareness about where the opportunities for Equinix exist has become a top priority for our incoming CEO.
Secret Ingredient to Success
Empowerment for all employees, by creating an environment where every individual is given the opportunity to bring their best to work. This is facilitated by identifying and removing barriers for my team, by giving everyone a voice, and thinking through representation and opportunity across my diverse global team. In addition to this, I also believes that taking people with you on a journey makes you more successful. Once you find yourself gaining traction and being recognized for your contributions and success, look around and figure out who you can bring with you.
Advice for 20-Year-Old Self
Recognize the power of your own voice earlier. Everyone brings a unique set of skills, experiences, and backgrounds to the table and the unique assets are the biggest contribution to a company. In finding your own voice, also have confidence in yourself and take risks. Raising your hand and trying new things is not always easy, but the more you do it, the easier it feels to try something new.
My personal hero is Ruth Bader Ginsburg who said, “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you”. RBG inspired me through her methodical approach and looking at the long view. She strategically chipped away at equality over decades, and used her voice to create an easier path for those behind her.
Teamwork and humility.