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Leadership Tuesdays -- Developing Women Leaders

Since January 2007, Anita Brown-Graham has been the director of the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. As director, she leads IEI's programs of work around public policy initiatives that include healthcare, economic development, tax and finance modernization, energy and the environment, and higher education. 


In this video she talks with Judith Dobrzynski at the Salzburg Global Seminar about the difference between how men and women network.  She gives advice regarding the type of networks women need to build. 


January 24, 2012

Introduction by V. Nona Ogunsula

Kathleen L. Flanagan is the president and chief executive of Abt Associates, a global company providing research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. With almost $500 million in annual revenue and over 1,100 employees based in the U.S. and 40 countries around the world, this organization provides services to the U.S. government, international governments, businesses, and private organizations to help them build infrastructure and sustainability in systems, like healthcare, that improve the quality of life and economic well being of people.


In this New York Times article from the column, the Corner Office, written by Adam Bryant, Ms. Flanagan talks about her first management experience, what her mentor taught her, and working with "millennials" (those born between 1981 to 2000). Find out what she has learned about the importance of the "butterflies in your stomach" and how to best "nurture" them.


Want to Lead? Learn to Nurture Your Butterflies

Q. Do you remember the first time you were somebody’s boss?

A. The first time I was really a big boss was in 1989. I was 29, and I had been at Abt for about seven years. The new executive vice president called me and said: “Can you fly up to Boston tomorrow? I need you to take over this business unit. Take the challenge.”

It wasn’t until after I agreed that he looked up my age in the personnel files and said, “Whoa.” But the advice he gave me for my new job was: “You’ll always want to have butterflies in your stomach. Plan for success. Create your goals and your strategy, and go with your gut. Have confidence in yourself. You’re good at what you do.”

So I went in front of 35 people who were now my direct reports to talk to them about my vision, and most of them were older than me. I remember wondering whether they were going to take orders from this young whippersnapper. And a couple of them had pretty much determined that...

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