Carrie Sweeney

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Carrie Sweeney is a diligent, strategic executive passionate about using data-driven solutions to tackle complex challenges that positively impact consumers’ lives. Throughout her 20-year career, she has served as a trusted growth partner for high-performing teams, prominent brands, and purpose-driven organizations.


As the Vice President for Pinterest’s Global Retail division, Sweeney currently leads a 150-person team that connects the platform’s 450 million users with unique brand offerings from some of the world’s largest retailers, generating over $1 billion in annual revenue for the global social sharing platform. 


During her seven-year tenure at Pinterest, Sweeney has successfully led the development of impactful digital experiences. And her unique, people-first approach to leadership combines empathy and excellence to develop cross-functional teams that help scale that impact. 


Sweeney is committed to people and passionate about promoting gender equity in leadership to ensure that consumers are best represented in the decision-making process that affects them. At Pinterest, she oversees the Women’s Employee Resource Group (ERG), demonstrating her extensive experience as a leader for women in the workplace. 


Before Pinterest, Sweeney managed performance and brand products at Google, transforming their largest account and forging strong relationships with leadership, resulting in the first-ever joint business plan. She was also elected as a Google Stretch Facilitator, conducting leadership seminars for mid-career women multi-nationally. 


At Bain & Company, Sweeney honed her general management skills and cultivated C-level relationships across industries, spearheading several high-impact projects. And at Starcom, she implemented global advertising strategies that exponentially grew international brands. 


Throughout her career, Sweeney has been recognized with numerous accolades for outstanding leadership and is a sought-after speaker and lecturer with expertise in marketing, growth, and development. 


While data powers Sweeney’s efforts, the influence she carries is immeasurable. Through her work with A Better Chicago and Precious Blood, two Chicago-based non-profit organizations, she advocates for solutions to societal root problems to create meaningful change. Sweeney’s work with these organizations drives strategic growth for the community while carrying on her mother’s legacy of altruism. 


With an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, a Master of Liberal Arts from the University of Chicago, and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from the University of Notre Dame, Sweeney is well-positioned to lead. 


As an avid hiker and mountain climber, Sweeney is motivated by challenges. And one glance at her very own collection of Pinterest boards reveals the creative, detailed, and inspiring approach she uses to solve them. Based on the teams she leads, the partnerships she has forged, and her commitment to the betterment of herself and society, Sweeney’s influence is felt in and out of the workplace.


Speaking Topics - 


  • How to use data to drive growth, value, and impact within and beyond your organization
  • How to best represent consumers in making decisions that affect them
  • Why leading with love will make you love to lead
  • Why we can’t overlook what the data is telling us

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