Advice from Chicago’s City Treasurer

Posted July 14, 2011 by Marcy Twete in Leaders We Adore
I had the pleasure of attending a Step Up Women’s Network breakfast this morning with Chicago’s City Treasurer, Stephanie Neely. This dynamic and ambitious woman manages Chicago’s $8 billion budget and has a track record of beginning financial literacy programs for youth, achieving double digit returns on city investments, and spearheading programs for small business owners in the city. I think she was surprised, though, when the women in the room weren’t so interested in hearing about the treasury office. We were much more interested in her journey as a woman in business and in politics.

Ms. Neely had a plethora of phenomenal insights on business and politics. But one quote stuck out in my mind. “Conflict creates genius.” This notion sparked some thought. I can certainly think of times this was true, but I can also think of times when conflict only created continued conflict and a “no win” situation.

So what do you think, readers? Does conflict create genius? Or does it just breed more conflict?

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is the author of "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works" and a career expert who believes in order to be empowered in your career, you must be surrounded with resources and a network that both supports and challenges you. Marcy began her own networking journey as a professional fundraiser in the nonprofit industry, honed those skills as a fundraising consultant, and in 2012 networked her way to nearly 1 million readers as the CEO of the professional development website Career Girl Network.


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