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Messages that energize business leaders

Posted by: Bernie Dagenais on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 9:00:00 am

Messages that energize business leaders

On the surface, it would not appear that Pamela Ryckman, Adam Grant and Kevin Reilly have much in common. Yet each provided compelling and energizing presentations to members of The Main Line Chamber of Commerce in recent months. Consider this:

- Pamela Ryckman is a journalist who documented how women are connecting through what are essentially supper clubs, building networks of supporters who help each other achieve success. The author of the “Stiletto Network” was our presenter at January’s Society of Professional Women luncheon at Drexelbrook. I couldn’t help but think about our many Chamber networks, including our budding Cross Industry Groups.

- Adam Grant, a Penn/Wharton professor and best-selling author of “Give and Take,” presented in April the results of his research about people who are primarily helpers and others who primarily seek to gain advantage from interactions. If you weren’t at Philadelphia Country Club for his presentation, you’re going to have to buy his book to find out which category exels most in the long run. I will give  you this hint: the most successful Chamber members will guess correctly. 

- Kevin Reilly, a former Philadelphia Eagle, provided our Inspirational Breakfast message on May 1 at Valley Forge Military Academy & College. His story about the loss of his left arm, part of his shoulder and four ribs to stop the spread of cancer hit upon themes of perseverance and resiliency in the face of the inevitable obstacles faced by humans. The moment in which he demonstrated something he had been told he could never do – tying his tie with his one hand and his teeth – was unforgettable.

These are a few of the memorable activities Chamber members have shared so far this year. 

Have an energizing and profitable day. 


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