Mergers and Stars

I attended two wonderful events in Chicago last night. First, Debra Snider read and spoke at the Senior Business Women’s Forum at the Mid-Day Club in the JPMorgan Chase Tower. Debra’s new book, A Merger of Equals, offers insight into how business women think. Some key take-aways from her talk:

  • Finding your passion isn’t a luxury; it is a requirement.
  • You don’t get to define success for yourself, you have to define success for yourself.
  • When considering a change, ask yourself: Do the irritations outweigh the exhilarations? If yes, change something – procedure, perception, something. Or, move on.
  • Success and talent are easier to recognize in packages that look like themselves. [Challenge: Look beyond the obvious.]
  • Half of a life is not a life.

Then, off to another great i.c. stars event. The passion that is generated around this group is simply awe-inspiring. The who’s who [companies and people] of the Chicago technology community always shows up big for these events. And, I was able to spend more time with the superstars who build my blog – Brandies Dunagan and Shana Robinson.

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Sandra Schwan

Sandra Schwan

Managing Partner at Evolving Strategies LLC
Sandra is the Managing Partner of Evolving Strategies LLC, a consulting firm helping companies and people learn, adapt and perform. Sandra holds a Master of Science degree in Adult Learning and Strategic Organizational Change from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Arkansas. Previous employers include the Corporate Executive Board, Lante Corporation, Kensington International, and Accenture where Sandra was awarded mentor of the year.

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