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December 11, 2000

Real-World Alpha Females

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Beverly Wilks

Age: 35

Location: Montreal

Job: Director, Corporate Marketing & Communications for OZ Communications

Hours at work per week: 65 to 70

Early alpha inklings: Once I hand-delivered my résumé to the VP of the ad agency I wanted to work for. Then I sent her a holiday card, and she gave me a shot at being a media coordinator.

The best part of being me: The ability to get it all done and make it seem effortless.

The downside: A colleague once told me that I needed to "tone down that can-do attitude; it's making the rest of us look bad." Nice, eh?

Kids: Early on, I realized children did not fit into the picture.

The real me: I wear only pants to work, so when the men put their feet up on the desk during a strategy session, I can do the same.

Theme song: "Survivor" by Destiny's Child


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