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A Tip from Odysseus--Get a Mentor
 June 2011
In This Issue
A Tip from Odysseus--Get a Mentor
Building Your Golden Rolodex
Honor Roll
The Freedom to Choose
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"Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity."


Horace Mann



 "The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise."



"If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun."


Katherine Hepburn


National Speakers Association 


Looking for a speaker?


I'm eager to be of service! If you're planning a conference, a workshop or an executive retreat and need a speaker or facilitator, let's talk. To see some sample topics, click here.


And if you are interested in developing as a speaker to elevate your visibility, position yourself for that next promotion or just get your story into the world, sign up for Speaker University.  We begin Tuesday, September 20, 2011, and classes will be held once a month at the University of Illinois Business Innovation Services Center, 1100 E. Warrenville Road, Naperville, IL. 


Steve Beck of Beck & Associates and I will be co-leading this nine-month program featuring professional speakers from the National Speakers Association of Illinois.  These gifted speakers will share their experience in platform skills, sales and marketing, topic development and the "business of the business" of speaking.


If you're interested in learning more about Speaker U, contact either Steve or me and we'll talk to you about your interests as a speaker and how Speaker U can help propel you as a speaker.      



Telemachus and MentorIn Greek mythology Odysseus, the legendary Greek king of Ithaca, went off to fight the Trojan War. Before he left, Odysseus called upon his friend Mentor to teach and guide Odysseus' young son Telemachus, and thus the term mentor has come to mean an older, trusted and more experienced advisor. 


Mentoring is a hot topic in today's business world. Some companies establish formal mentoring programs, matching young professionals with seasoned executives. Being a mentor can strengthen your leadership skills and being a protégé (sometimes called "mentee") can open doors and accelerate your learning. Both parties profit from the relationship and the organization strengthens its succession planning. Whether it's a formal program or an informal agreement, mentoring is a powerful strategy for leadership development.


I recently interviewed some members of First Illinois Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) for a story on mentoring in an upcoming newsletter. These executives reported a range of benefits, from gaining access to opportunities they might have missed to getting help navigating the political landscape of their organizations.


Patt Marlinghaus, corporate director of finance for Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, IL, and immediate past president of the First IL HFMA Chapter, was approached by a young woman in the hospital's marketing department to become her mentor. Patt said she's learned a lot from her protégée, and she was highly complimented by the young lady's request to serve as her model.


"I really did take it to heart," Patt said. "A mentor has to lead by example."

How about you--did you have a mentor? Are you a mentor now? I'd love to hear your stories about who guided you along the way as you attained your own career success. Please write me at and share about someone who made a difference in your professional development. I'll publish a Mentor's Hall of Fame in an upcoming newsletter.
Building Your Golden Rolodex
Golden Rolodex eBook

For years you've heard me talk about "Your Golden Rolodex," and now I'd like to invite you to attend "Building Your Golden Rolodex: How to Network for Results!" The workshop will be held from 9 to 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, August 13, at the Illinois Institute of Technology (Rice Lake Campus), 201 East Loop Road in Wheaton.


This half-day workshop is designed for:
  • People looking for a job
  • Those thinking of a career transition
  • Anyone building a business or professional services practice
My goal is to help you completely transform your relationship to networking by learning how to honor and leverage the network you already have. For more information and to register, click here. If you'll be in the Chicago area, I hope you can attend.
Honor Roll 

I'm blessed beyond measure to have so many friends and colleagues who support me and CHOICES Worldwide with invitations, opportunities, speaking engagements and referrals. Here are just a few shout-outs (OK, more than a few) for some recent connections:


Joy DooleyJoy Dooley invited me to promote the Between Successes Career Ministry on her radio show, "Job Talk" on WJJG-1530 AM .Tune in every Thursday at 4:00 p.m. to hear Joy and Conor Cunneen, fellow National Speakers Association-Illinois member, dish about the employment scene.


Steve BeckSteve Beck of Beck & Associates, my partner at NSA-Illinois, is co-leading Speaker University with me beginning in September. If you aspire to make speaking part of your business strategy, let us know at




Marquette Building domeChyanne Husar of Holabird & Root, the esteemed architectural firm in Chicago, invited me to a recent women's networking event held at their gorgeous office on Dearborn, the Marquette Building. I loved being in the company of the hosts and guests and the dome in the lobby as well as the historical photos that adorn the walls, huge black-and-white photographs of buildings designed by the firm's architects, took my breath away.


Lois ScottDonna Pugh of Foley & Lardner graciously included me in a recent Senior Businesswomen's Forum where we drank pink drinks (mmm-mmm) and then listened to Lois Scott (pictured left), the newly appointed CFO of Chicago. Ms. Scott is one of eight women appointed to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 11-person cabinet and she shared a report of the new administration's first few whirlwind weeks.  (photo credit: Environmental Law and Policy Center)


Lynn TorreLynn Torre of Financial Transitions honored me by asking me to be the speaker for her first "Wine, Women & Wisdom" event in Glen Ellyn. Lynn recently published her first book of poetry, Dance of the Leaf.


Joy MeredithJoy Meredith enrolled me in the Relationship Masters Academy, a program developed by author Keith Ferrazzi, world-renowned speaker and author of best-selling books Never Eat Alone and Who's Got Your Back. If you're looking for a top-notch training program to build and maintain your social capital, look no further.


Stephanie MenningStephanie Menning is VP of Midwest Energy Association and guru of "Energetic Women," a national organization whose mission is to increase the pool of promotable women in energy operations and engineering.  Steph invited me to join five other coaches to offer coaching to attendees at the recent 4th Annual Energetic Women Conference in Minneapolis. These amazing women knocked me out!


Tanesha PittmanTanesha Pittman, Ed.D., executive director of Benedictine University's Moser College of Adult and Professional Studies, recently launched the Women's Institute for Global Leadership at a breakfast that was a "Who's Who" of women in business, including Maureen Beal, CEO of National Van Lines, who also represented the university's board of trustees. I was honored to serve on the advisory board for the development of Benedictine's new masters of arts in leadership degree for women.


Charlotte EriksenCharlotte Ericksen, my editor at Wheaton Patch, continues to support me and my new career blog. So far I've written about Oprah's final farewell, the importance of fit on the job and a tribute to my own mentor, my dad, for Father's Day. If you live or work in the Wheaton area and you love what you do, let me know--I'm looking for people to interview.

The Freedom to Choose 

VickieThe Fourth of July is around the corner and it may be corny, but I just love going to Wheaton's Fourth of July parade. I'm reminded of the power of community, and I'm proud to live in a country that gives us so many choices--our choice of political parties, the power to express our faith and especially the gift of choosing the work we do. Enjoy this holiday, from the family cook-outs to the fireworks, and thank you for being in my Golden Rolodex.

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