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 a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."