Category: Leadership

Career Changes Are Like Farming

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When you’re searching for the next thing, it’s normal to feel impatient. Every point of contact feels like hope, and it can be crushing to not hear anything back. You can almost imagine yourself as one of your ancestors, with a bow and arrow, stalking a prize – and you know that if you stay […]

Patrick O’Brien Reveals the Secret to Creating Value in Private Equity at Client Networking Lunch

Patrick O’Brien, Chief Executive Officer of Paris Presents Inc., a global beauty company, joined us this week for our June Client Networking Lunch, sharing his story and successes with a keynote presentation entitled “Creating Value in Private Equity…How Paris Presents Became One of the Fastest Growing Beauty Companies”. Forged in the crucible of a 30 year […]

Why Don’t More Women Own Private Equity Firms?

by Gail R. Meneley, Co-Founder and Principal I am working with a number of exceptional women with successful careers in public and private companies, and are now focusing on private equity as their next stop.  They are targeting CEO roles in portfolio companies with revenues from $250M to $1B.  Each has held the title of […]

Lessons in Leadership: What Silicon Valley can Learn from the Moxie Awards CEO of the Year Nominees

Zero. That’s the number of technology companies that sought an IPO in the first quarter of 2016. It’s a staggering statistic, emblematic of the sea-change that is occurring in the American technology epicenter, Silicon Valley, where unicorns – companies valued at over $1 billion – were once seemingly a dime a dozen. The money is […]

Kevin Sheridan Teaches Leaders How to Build a Magnetic Culture at Client Networking Lunch

Kevin Sheridan, an internationally recognized keynote speaker, New York Times best-selling author, and one of the most sought-after voices in the world on the topic of employee engagement, took the floor at this month’s client networking lunch to share what he’s learned about how to attract and retain top talent. “As we look ahead into […]

Don’t Panic! What Leaders Need to Know About the Facebook Bias Revelation

Mark Zuckerberg found himself in hot water last week when tech news publisher Gizmodo broke the story that Facebook staff “routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers.” Even if you’ve never used Facebook, it’s easily one of the most important stories about the Internet to be aware of. The controversy centers on the […]

Brian Battle of Civic Consulting Alliance Speaks at Client Networking Lunch

Brian Battle, Principal at the Civic Consulting Alliance, presented to Shields Meneley clients and staff at this month’s Client Networking Lunch. Battle discussed the strong positive impact CCA has had on the Chicago community by harnessing the power of multiple Chicago firms. He manages the Public Safety and Education practices areas and has been with […]

What Can Adidas Learn from J.C. Penney?

Kasper Rorsted will take control of Adidas in October, and the company is looking to him to lead the brand back to its former glory. Although the company reported solid net profits in 2015 that were markedly better than previous years, Adidas has lost market share. Behind Nike and Under Armour, the brand fell to […]

Wind Point Partners Vice President Joe Lawler Presents During SMP Client Networking Lunch

Joe Lawler, Vice President of private equity investment firm Wind Point Partners, discussed their executive-first investment model with Shields Meneley clients and staff at this month’s Client Networking Lunch. Wind Point Partners was founded in 1984 and has since raised over $2.8 billion in commitments and acquired over 90 platform companies as well as 160 add-on […]

A Lesson in Leading During Uncertainty: Jack Dorsey

Twitter, a live sharing platform used to share news, has been in the news itself over the past few months. Most recently, it reported disheartening first quarter earnings and no significant increase in monthly users from the previous quarter. Shares are falling and may continue to fall. This is a continuation of the bad omens […]

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