Six leaders share 60 ideas in popular Olin event

  • February 21, 2023
  • By Jill Young Miller
  • 2 minute read

Six leaders share 60 ideas in popular Olin event

Olin’s popular annual Leadership Perspectives event “6 executives. 60 ideas. 60 minutes” drew an audience of about 300 on January 26.

Six leaders shared a lightning round of tips. Their suggestions included “think of confidence as a muscle” you can build, “seek and accept the truth” and many more. Todd Milbourn, Olin interim deputy dean and Hubert C. and Dorothy R. Moog Professor of Finance, moderated the event. These were the panelists:

  • Adrian Bracy, president, Adrian Bracy and Associates
  • Elizabeth Fratturra, EMBA 2016, first vice president, portfolio manager, financial advisor, Morgan Stanley;
  • Steve Harris, MBA 2008, principal, Edward Jones;
  • Jo Pang, founder/consultant, Culture Wise;
  • Patrick E. Smith Sr., BS 2007, EMBA 2016, senior vice president, operations and technical services, Ameren;
  • Kelli Washington, BSBA 1994, managing director of research and investment strategy, Cleveland Clinic.

Here’s a brief selection of wisdom they offered:

Bracy: Trust is the foundation for building a team. “Your word is your bond. If you say you’re going to do something, do it. If you can’t do it, let the person know. It’s very important to keep your word as a leader.”

Fraturra: “Believe in yourself and be confident. We all struggle with insecurities, and part of the reason is we’re privy to this sort of chaos behind the scenes.”  Don’t “compare what’s behind the curtain to others’ polished, finished project.”

Harris: Understand your purpose and draw on it. His purpose: “Use what I’ve learned to help others grow so I can experience the rewards that come back to me later.”

Pang: Ask yourself questions and reflect on your personal answers to guide you. “What is my own definition of success?” “What would I do with my life now if I were to die in 10 years?

Smith: “Select a mentor who is at least a couple of levels above you.” That person likely won’t see you as a professional risk, “and that way, they won’t hold back on the good stuff.”

Washington: Ask yourself, “What are your biases, and how can they cause you to be wrong?”

Watch the event here.

Upcoming Leadership Perspectives

The next Leadership Perspectives event is virtual at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Register for “Startup 360°: Looking at entrepreneurship inside, outside, upside down.”

Olin’s ever popular “She Suite: A panel discussion on women and leadership in the business world” begins at 5:30 p.m. March 8. Register for the in-person event or the virtual one.

About the Author

Jill Young Miller

Jill Young Miller

As research translator for WashU Olin Business School, my job is to highlight professors’ research by “translating” their work into stories. Before coming to Olin, I was a communications specialist at WashU’s Brown School. My background is mostly in newspapers including as a journalist for Missouri Lawyers Media, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Washington Post and the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida.

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