I must start out by letting you all know that I loved this woman. Lynnsay, my wife, always knew and was okay with it — it was our own little “ménage a trois.”
But let me tell you what it was that made me feel this way for Frances.
She was a remarkable woman in a man’s world.
It’s been said, “Whatever women do in business they must do twice as well as men.” Fortunately, for Frances this was easy.
Frances was multi-dimensional: a woman, a lady, a girl, a gal, and, yes, a BABE.
Using these and other skills led to a remarkable business story:
- Frances understood and coined the expression, “It all begins with a song”.
- BMI exploded in relevance and size under her leadership.
- She developed her team thru loyalty and family.
- She embraced and encouraged change.
- She took BMI to the forefront in music internationally.
This woman in a man’s world was not just a pioneer for women in leadership, but really an example for all leadership.
She nurtured children, employees and even the board.
Frances was eternally youthful even though she worked 24/7.
What were the characteristics that made this woman in a man’s world so successful?
- Made everyone feel special
These traits and others led to her creating an incredible life, a great company and a wonderful legacy.
She may be gone but her legend will live on.
And I’m proud and grateful THAT I WAS A MAN IN THIS WOMAN’S WORLD!!!
Phil Jones is a member of the BMI Board of Directors and served as its Chairman from 1998 through 2000.