Aflac’s Catherine Hernandez-Blades: Make People Feel Good About Themselves; It’s Not That Difficult

By Yitzi Weiner
Jun 10, 2019 10:00 AM ET

As a part of my series about strong female leaders, I had the distinct pleasure to interview Catherine Hernandez-Blades, Chief ESG and Communications Officer at Aflac.

Thank you so much for joining us Catherine! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

I often say that this career found me rather than the other way around. Growing up, I always wanted to work in television news, and then I did. At 19 years old, while taking 21 hours a semester, I was fortunate to work on a local morning news and weather program called “Good Morning Acadiana,” waking up at 3 a.m. and quickly learning a great life lesson: Sometimes when you get what you think you want, and you find out it really isn’t what you expected, it’s okay to be disappointed, as long as you don’t become jaded. That drove me to my first corporate job as a copywriter for an in-house corporate communications shop. The rest, as it is often said, is history.

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