What is the most exciting thing about working in this business? What is your professional passion?
The most exciting thing about working in this business is working with great people! Here at Suffolk, I work with very smart, hardworking, and collaborative coworkers who look out for each other. There is a strong sense that you are cared for in this organization. Caring for others is what I value most.
What do you love to do when you aren’t at work? What is your personal passion and why?
Helping to develop and mentor others is my passion. I do this most often by teaching leadership, strategy, and economics at the graduate school level. I find the many different and unique ways people will approach the exact same problem to be absolutely exhilarating—it never gets old! I, too, am often challenged and it keeps me on my toes, so that’s exciting. I’m also a big fan of disco. Long live the Bee Gees!
What is your favorite quote? What is your professional passion?
Power is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.” Margaret Thatcher
I believe leadership is a gift given to you by others. It cannot be bestowed on one’s self. People make a choice to follow you based on your behaviors. If you have to tell people you are a leader, well…
What is your favorite community cause or philanthropic organization to support and why?
I am a big fan of organizations that focus on early engagement of children in disadvantaged communities. The earlier the involvement, the better chance of a different outcome. I’m a perfect example of that. I support an organization called SGA Family and Youth Services, which focuses on leading positive change for children and families in Chicago’s most challenged and underserved neighborhoods.
What sport did you play and how did it help you professionally?
I played football as a running back. I learned all of the typical things related to hard work, teamwork, and camaraderie. What has helped me the most professionally is that we were never allowed to spike the ball in the end zone. When you scored, you went and thanked every single one of the other 10 players for helping you to get to the end zone. I’ve never forgotten that lesson. Character matters!