At Thrive Global, in honor of International Women’s Day, we’re inviting women business leaders to share how they Thrive. 

Thrive Global: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received about prioritizing your health and well-being?

Alison Cupito: “You are always going to have a lot of different balls up in the air, things you are juggling, balancing and taking care of. Never let your health or your family drop. Those come first, always.”

TG: What’s the best advice that you would give women about preventing burnout?

AC: Ask for help. We believe as women that we have to be perfect, be strong, do it all with a smile and accept little appreciation. This is not true. We are only human at our core and it’s not weak to ask for help, it’s a sign of strength. The only thing we have to do as women, and human beings is to lift each other up, always. 

TG: What obstacles have you overcome in your career, particularly obstacles that had to do with your gender? What did you learn from those experiences that you wish you’d known before?

AC: It’s not really gender related, but a huge obstacle I overcame was opening up. I spent 15 years battling a severe anxiety disorder and I had no idea that THAT was what was happening to me. I ignored it, hid it, self-medicated it. And the older I got, the more I realized cannot be the only one. Sharing this with a colleague at work (and close friends and family) was the most important thing I ever did. My company embraced it and supported me to get help I needed, and now I’m paying that forward every day. 

TG: How do you prioritize when you have an overwhelming amount to do?
AC: It’s easy to look at the top of the mountain and be overwhelmed, but instead of looking up, take a moment to look around, and right in front of you. Tackle what you can, one step at a time. Save the rest for another day. Break that mountain into small rocks and whittle each one down, slowly.

TG: When you notice you’re getting too stressed, what do you do to course correct?

AC: I step away! I literally step away from my computer. If I’m at the office, I’ll go for a walk or have a coffee to chat with a friend. If at home, I love to go tidy up something, like wash dishes or put away laundry or walk the dog. Just step away. It will all be there when you get back. 


  • Alison R. Cupito

    Senior Manager, Global Mental Health Program Lead at Accenture

    Alison (Ali) is the Global Mental Health Program Lead for the Inclusion & Diversity Center of Expertise team in Human Resources. In this role, she is responsible for the growth of our global mental health ally networks and implementing strategic programs to support mental health and wellness education for everyone. She is also a strategic advisor and founder of the US Mental Health Allies, part of the recently launched US Mental Wellness ERG.  Prior to this role, Ali worked in Marketing & Communications for seven years, supporting global Inclusion and Diversity priority segments including Enablement (Persons with Disabilities), Pride (LGBTQ) and Gender (International Women's Day, Women's Forums and more).  In 2017, Ali launched the US Mental Health Allies program, with her colleague Lisa Homan, because she believes we should all be comfortable talking about our mental health at work. There are now 325+ trained volunteers from 27 locations across the US who are supporting their colleagues to reduce stigma and seek professional help when needed.  Prior to Accenture, Ali worked for Burson-Marsteller (now BCW), a global public relations firm for eleven years. She was responsible for developing, managing and executing communications programs designed to drive strategic business objectives, influence key stakeholders and maintain a positive perception for clients in the government and corporate sector. She developed expertise around implementing internal, external and digital strategies for several global corporations. In 2012 Ali took a six-month sabbatical to travel through South America during her transition back to the U.S. from a two-year assignment Singapore. She has traveled to more than 26 cities in 15 countries across four continents. A Texas native, Alison grew up all over the U.S. as a military “brat” and studied public relations and business foundations at The University of Texas at Austin. She currently lives in Rockwall, TX with her husband Chris and their sons Caleb and Cullen.