December Alumnae Spotlight, Millie Pilie Bradley, Sioux of 1969

In what ways did your Ursuline education prepare you for the work you’re doing now?

The academic foundation Ursuline Academy provided was strong and served me well in college and graduate school. But more importantly, Ursuline taught me leadership, proactiveness and the value of hard work. There were so many opportunities to develop these skills at Ursuline, and the environment encouraged it. Academically, we were encouraged to excel. Socially, if we saw an area that needed improvement or action, then the support was there to address it. In my professional career, and in leadership training that I have subsequently done, Ursuline highlighted to me that leadership is not a title or a certain status; it is a frame of mind. Anyone can be a leader in whatever they undertake, at home, at work, in the community, and in that way each of us can make the world a better place.

Please describe the most significant value you learned from Ursuline Academy.

Integrity. In today’s world, this is more critical than ever. Starting with the strong upbringing from my parents, and the values instilled through a Catholic education, Ursuline continued to build a personal foundation for me that is based on doing the right thing in the right way. This takes more than just a strict view of right and wrong. It takes the ability to listen, to treat others with respect, to welcome varying opinions and encourage dialogue, to build trust, to collaborate for the common good and to stay dedicated to daily behavior which demonstrates these values. Ursuline helped to instill this in me, and I use it every day.

Describe Ursuline in one word.

Foundation. As I look back over the years since Ursuline, reliving the fun memories and friendships, the experiences, the challenges and the opportunities that I’ve been blessed to have, I appreciate the foundation that Ursuline provided. The time at Ursuline built skills, values, confidence, leadership, compassion and faith. The journey I’ve followed through a professional career in corporate America, as well as a “second chapter” post retirement of community service and leadership development, could not have been as rich and fulfilling without this Ursuline foundation. For that, I’ll be eternally grateful.

About Millie Pilié Bradley

Millie is a proud Sioux of 1969. She graduated from Newcomb College with a degree in Mathematics, and from Tulane’s Freeman School of Business with an MBA in Finance. Her 34-year career with ExxonMobil included executive positions in IT, accounting, finance and audit. She served as Assistant Controller of Exxon Corporation and retired as General Auditor of Exxon Mobil Corporation. In her “second career”, she served as Chair of the Board of the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, and currently serves on the Board of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Foundation, and the Advisory Board of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She continues her passion for professional development and ethical leadership through work with female entrepreneurs, speaking engagements, and serving as a visiting executive for Deloitte University. Millie and her husband Allan have two children, three grandchildren, and one on the way!