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"We define success through YOLO experiences." You Only Live Once. As a Millennial (Member of the workforce ages 20-35), Crystal Kadakia understands the motivations of success for the generations behind her-Generation Z and those ahead of her-Baby Boomers. A few years into her career as an engineer, Crystal saw a disconnect in the workplace. Older generations in the workplace perceived that millennials were a naive generation of young people driven by entrepreneurial visionaries like Mark Zuckerberg. Millennials found leadership in …
In 2008, Dr. Hammad Aslam ‘s life was going completely as he had planned. He had successfully completed undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia, was living the very active life of an able-bodied 20-something and preparing for medical school, when life threw him a curveball. The kind of curveball that halts plans and completely changes one’s mindset. While travelling with family from Augusta, their vehicle hydroplanes, hitting a tree, leaving Hammad with traumatic brain injury and severing his spine. The grueling physical …
"A woman is expected to do everything a man does, flawlessly, but dancing backwards and wearing high heels" - Ginger Rogers Jeffery Tobias Halter , a former director of diversity strategy at the Coca-Cola Company noticed, during his many years in corporate America, that men and women were having vastly different experiences at the workplace and that gender bias was alive and well at every rung of the corporate ladder. One of the reasons, according to Halter, why women were not …
There are no great leaders without great results. When Cheryl A. Bachelder first joined Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. in November 2007, it was a company sputtering to stay relevant. With flagging sales and a stale brand, the chain struggling to retain old consumers and attract new customers. Bachelder's set of business strategies, called the Roadmap for Results, helped engineered a staggering turnaround that helped Popeyes® grow its market cap over the last …
'An inspired path is not linear.' Libby Wagner should know. A trained poet and a former high school English teacher, Wagner's life has veered down several paths - from making less than $40,000 a year to cashing in her first six figure check. With poetry as her core, Wagner has reinvented herself multiple times and is now a trusted advisor and confidante to several CEOs and board members. She believes in poetry's power to not just simplify complex businesses but also help leaders find the right words to create messages that resonate with their employees. In her May …
As a child, Lisa Earle McLeod couldn't wait to grow up and go to work! Her Dad had a meaningful job as an Assistant Bank Manager safeguarding other people's money; her favorite TV star Mary Tyler Moore had her own show where she put out the news everyday. Given these role models, McLeod assumed all work would be fun and meaningful. She was in for a surprise. In this 2015 TEDxCentennialParkWomen talk, McLeod, who is a Sales Leadership expert, talks about the importance of working with purpose and how to be …
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