From Sewers to C-Suite: An Atypical Success Story
Brian gave us heartfelt and inspirational story of his background from growing up dirt-poor to becoming an executive in a dynamic, growing Chicago environmental company. His aptly-named presentation "From Sewers to C-Suite: An atypical Success Story" kept us all captivated. Brian also shared some of his favorite words to live by including; "Invest more time in yourself than your job." "Decide who you are going to be and what you need to do to make that happen." "Always be solving a problem." and "Be persistent."
Jan gave us a fascinating presentation on the art and value of story telling. Through many examples and directed remarks, she showed how stories "define us and connect us" to others. Especially impactful was challenge to us and the exercise to create six-word stories to help define who we are. Jan left us with several meaningful thoughts: "Practice. Practice. Practice new tools and ideas. You become what you practice" and "Failure is the grandfather of success."