How I Find the Balance Between Family Legacy and a Sound Business Decision
June 25, 2018
Six weeks after graduating college, my father presented me with a rare gift: an application for a women’s clothing store in a northern Chicago suburb. The job turned out to be one...
Challenges, Advice and Inspiration from a Woman Business Owner
April 23, 2018
Interview with Alison Gutterman, President & CEO of Jelmar, LLC. As published in Women Owned, Women Who Own It
Fathers Passing the Baton to Daughters: How Succession Planning Happens in Family-Run Organizations
April 19, 2018
It’s doubtful that my dad thought I would run the family business when I was a little girl dancing on his feet in our kitchen. In fact, the topic of succession with my sister and me never...
5 Things That Helped Me Become a Better Leader This Year
December 19, 2017
Ever notice how full of contradictions the holiday season seems to be? On the one hand, it’s a time filled with all manner of warm, fuzzy, happy things: family togetherness, gift giving...
Why Every Woman Business Leader Needs a Great Group of Female Friends
November 29, 2017
Many women have an amazing group of friends they can always count on to help them be the best version of themselves—to push them when they need to be pushed, or pull them back when they&rsquo...
Why the secrets to successful business leadership aren’t what you think
October 17, 2017
Like a lot of CEOs, I’m often asked about my secrets to successful business leadership. And the truth is, sometimes it’s a little tricky to figure out how to respond.
A Conversation with Marsha Serlin of United Scrap Metal
September 15, 2017
People often ask me about which business leaders inspire me, and I love to share stories about the people and companies I’ve learned about in my travels and in the many business organizations...
Celebrating Our 50th Anniversary
August 29, 2017
I don’t mean to brag or anything, but it’s pretty unusual to find a cleaning product that’s as beloved now as it was 50 years ago, like our Tarn-X® metal cleaner. It also...
4 Tips for Building a More Environmentally Friendly Business
May 07, 2017
For a CEO, there’s pretty much nothing scarier than contemplating a change to a successful product. If your company has spent decades building relationships with customers, understanding...
A Conversation with Jennifer Smith of Innovative Office Solutions
April 07, 2017
People always ask me about which business leaders inspire me, and oftentimes they are looking for recommendations on the newest business book to buy. Truthfully, what inspires me most are the...
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