Dana couldn’t help but think of her parents, Phil and Virginia Martignetti, as she walked along. Her father would have reminded her that she had a great career ahead of her, a career that would only come to fruition with patience. Things always worked out in the end. You do a great job, Dana. Go home and clear your head. Go out to dinner with Brett and enjoy the evening.
Phil was an easygoing man, someone who his wife said was as soft spoken and calm as Mr. C himself, the very relaxed and reassuring Perry Como. An executive with IBM, Phil was always appropriately dressed, politically correct, and at home in a conservative corporate culture. People liked him immediately. He was kind, made everyone feel important, and never rocked the boat. Rarely would he disagree with other employees, let alone argue. Above all, he desired peace and harmony in any situation.
Dana knew that her father was very much a part of her soul. Like him, she’d always tried to be gracious and thoughtful, and most people sensed and appreciated her kind but professional demeanor. It was these attributes that allowed her to succeed in her public relations role at B. Altman, and she was very aware that top executives thought that such a deferential style boded well for her future at the store. Why not just go along for the ride? Why blow a promising career over teen cosmetics?
But she also carried her mother’s DNA, and Virginia had a streak of independence that made her unflinching when her mind was made up. Like her mother, she was an achiever at heart, although Virginia wasn’t shy about letting her drive be known. Attempts to persuade Helen, Bea, and Bob—all on the same day—had definitely mirrored her mother’s more aggressive style. She and Virginia loved a good challenge—loved to win, in fact—but at present, Dana was still learning how to balance the different styles of her parents. She knew with some certainty what Virginia would tell her. Speak up, Dana. They still can’t hear you. You won’t get ahead being good. It’s your great ideas that will succeed.
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