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 […]

Frederic Jung becomes Chief Financial Officer at Northwest Hardwoods

Congrats to SMP client, Frederic Jung, on his new role as Chief Financial Officer at Northwest Hardwoods! A leading North American hardwood lumber brand, Northwest Hardwoods is recognized by the furniture, cabinet and millwork industries for its high quality and custom grades. Frederic brings 29 years of finance expertise and global business experience in both […]

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 […]

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 […]

Eric O’Toole Becomes General Manager of Sports, Fitness and Outdoor at Jet.com

Congrats to SMP client, Eric O’Toole, on his new role a General Manager Sports, Fitness and Outdoor at Jet.com! Jet is a privately held e-commerce company founded in 2014 and headquartered in Hoboken, New Jersey. Jet’s mission is to become the smartest way to shop and save on pretty much anything. Combining a revolutionary pricing engine, a world-class technology […]

Mark Overdyk Becomes General Manager, Latin America at Beam Suntory

Congratulations to SMP client, Mark Overdyk, on his new role as General Manager, Latin America at Beam Suntory! Mark Overdyk will be leading the Latin America business as the new GM, LATAM at Beam Suntory. As the world’s third largest premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World. Owned by […]

SMP Client Christopher Griffin Appointed CEO of Knauf Insulation North America

Knauf Group announced Christopher Griffin has been chosen as the CEO of Knauf Insulation North America. Knauf Insulation is a leading global manufacturer of thermal and acoustical glass mineral wool insulation for residential, commercial, industrial, OEM and metal building applications with $1.8 billion in sales. Christopher brings over ten years of experience in executive roles, building his […]

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 […]

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