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 that you would give women about preventing burnout?
Janis Fratamico: You need to prioritize you. I’m selfish — I never miss a workout, an outing with my girlfriends, or a manicure. Being “selfish” makes me more selfless — nicer, less angry, and less stressed. And LOVE what you do. Embrace and accept the 80/20 rule. Every job has a 20% “suckage” factor. No matter what you do or who you are — playing for the Yankees, singing on Broadway, or filing taxes — 20% will suck. Accept that. But if the scales tip and it’s more that 20, it’s time for a change. 

TG: What’s important in your life outside of work? What helps you thrive? With a demanding schedule, how do you make time for these important things?

JF: I keep picking new challenges: running a half marathon, biking 100 miles, rowing. I sign up so I have to do it and it gives me something to feel proud of as I age and something to model for my daughters. That and my girlfriends — in the end, our girlfriends are EVERYTHING. These are “have-tos” not “want-tos,” so I always make time. 

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?
JF: I need to get better at this. I was recently passionate about something and expressed it professionally, and was called “emotional and upset.” I should have called him out then and there, as he never would have said that if I were a man. 

TG: How do you prioritize when you have an overwhelming amount to do?
JF: I just don’t do stuff. Or I don’t do it very well.  And the world keeps turning… I’m very comfortable with a very high level of imperfection. 

TG: When you notice you’re getting too stressed, what do you do to course correct?
JF: A good workout or a good shower cry.

TG: How do you reframe negative thinking so you can feel “unstuck” and move forward?
JF: Music, Netflix, and girlfriends. 

TG: Are there any small actions (or life “hacks”) that you swear by to help you prioritize, focus, connect with others, get solid sleep, or incorporate movement and nutrition into your life? Share any and all!
JF: I sleep in my workout clothes, so I get up ready and feeling like I have to follow through. No one will take them off to get in the shower. You’ll get on the Peloton or take an early class and power through.  


  • With more than 20 years of marketing experience in the enterprise computing and consulting services markets, Janis has played a key role helping shape the strategy and go-to-market approach for key business units at Bloomberg, IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG. Janis joined SAP in February of 2016 and is a Vice President in Global Marketing, focused on growing the value of the SAP brand and engaging audiences beyond the traditional buyers.  Prior to joining SAP, Janis was the Head of Global Relationship Marketing for Bloomberg LP and for 12 years before that she was a marketing executive with IBM, leading the marketing for IBM’s Consulting Business in North America for 10 years and later as the Global Marketing Director for the Distribution Sector. In 2011, Janis was selected to participate in IBM’s award-winning Executive Service Corps team, where she worked on a Smarter Traffic Solution for the city of Jakarta.  She often speaks on relationship marketing and has spoken at MIT, Carnegie Melon, The Wharton School of Business, Harvard Business School’s “The 21st Annual Dynamic Women in Business Conference” and multiple ITSMA (Information Technology Services Marketing Association) conferences. Passionate about philanthropy, Janis is a repeat Breast Cancer Three-Day walk participant and led the Saturday Enrichment Program (a joint IBM/SAP program) at inner city Philadelphia elementary schools.  She was a mentor in Bloomberg’s Read Ahead Program and served on the Board of the Philadelphia Center for Literacy.  Janis lives in Paoli, PA with her husband, Matt and their two daughters, Lena (17) and Joely (15). In her limited free time, she enjoys Penn State football, cheering for the Mets and running and biking, including a Century (100 mile) bike ride to help find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. Janis earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications from Pennsylvania State University.