Category: Staff

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 […]

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 […]

Wisdom from “Author Unknown”

by Gail R. Meneley, Co-Founder and Principal I work closely with executives going through transitions in their lives and careers, and often find myself  gently reminding people “who they are”. What I mean is that whatever situation triggered a transition, they are the same people they were the day before — with the same strengths […]

Medicine and What Lies Ahead

by Gail R. Meneley, Co-Founder and Principal I have worked with hundreds of C-Suite executives over the last 20 years. Before I agree to serve as their advisor, we talk about our relationship and how we will build it to last throughout their careers. (Without that mutual commitment grounded in trust and candor, having an […]

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 […]

“Rethinking the Office…” The NYT Magazine

by Gail Rafter Meneley, Co-Founder and Principal I love Sundays…curling up with the Sunday New York Times and stumbling across information that I neither sought nor cared about until that moment.  It is the serendipity of discovery that makes it so compelling.  (OK, I confess.  I worry that online delivery of information doesn’t allow stumbling.) […]

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 […]

Executive Coach Bob Ryan Leads HR Course in Malaysia

This week, our Executive Advisor Bob Ryan is in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to teach Quest Master Class’ 6th Annual HR Leadership Management Excellence course. This Master Class, which runs from February 23 to February 26, brings senior HR professionals from Sri Lanka, Malaysia, India, and other countries around the world to learn about the business aspects of […]

How to Turn on the Light During a “Dark Period”

Our post on February 8 looked at what we call a “dark period” during a job search and why it might occur. Now, we are going to discuss the ten steps that you can take when you enter this type of period. (Again, we call a “dark period” as when you seem to be the prime […]

What Does ‘Business Casual’ Actually Mean?

“Business casual” has taken on a lot of different meanings, and it often depends who your audience is. Shields Meneley Partners Executive Coach Bob Ryan has been a top HR executive for over 25 years and stresses the importance of knowing your audience when you are dressing for a professional event. When going to a […]

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