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Ana Dutra, Leadership Expert

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Ana Dutra is the CEO of Mandala Global Advisors, a company she recently founded, and a senior global advisor for Humantelligence, a technology solutions company. She has 28 years of experience as a global executive, consultant, and business leader in industries such as technology, manufacturing, and professional services. In the last six years as the CEO of Korn/Ferry Leadership and Talent Consulting, Dutra created a $300 million new global business through a combination of organic growth, multiple acquisitions, innovative go-to-market approaches, and incorporation of technology and digitalization of products and services.

A Brazilian native with more than 20 years of experience in P&L management, business growth, and C-Level business consulting in more than 30 countries, Dutra is also a director on the boards of the Executives Club of Chicago, the International Women Forum, Children’s Memorial Hospital of Chicago, Governor State University, and Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL).

Dutra holds an MBA from Kellogg, a Master in Economics from Pontificia Universidade do Rio de Janeiro, and a Juris Doctor from Universidade do Rio de Janeiro, all summa cum laude. Fluent in four languages—Portuguese, English, Spanish, and French—she lives in Northfield, IL, with her husband, their three daughters, and their German Shepherd.

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The fixity of a habit is generally in direct proportion to its absurdity.”

– Marcel Proust

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T.S. Eliot

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– Avenida Margarita

You’ve got to be willing to crash and burn. If you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far.”

– Steve Jobs

He who wants to tear down a house must be prepared to rebuild it.”

– African Proverb

My task is really not to change myself but to become familiar with who I am.”

– Maureen Cook

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.”

– Francesca Reigle

I can’t go back to yesterday—because I was a different person then.”

– Lewis Carroll

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

– Thomas Edison

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”

– Lao Tzu

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”

– Bob Dylan

Women once had the goal of being Superwoman; I think most of us now simply strive to have a super day.”

– Author, Activist Lee Woodruff

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

– Joseph Campbell

The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Chuck E. Cheese's

‎That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

– J.G. Holland, novelist

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make.”

– Corita Kent

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more.
 If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”

– Oprah Winfrey

Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.”

– Thomas Carlyle

Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.”

– Anthony Trollope

What is the point of having free will if one cannot occasionally spit in the eye of destiny?”

– Jim Butcher, White Night

Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”

– E.B. White

If you would create something,
 you must be something.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

With ordinary talents and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.”

– Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity.”

– Ray Bradbury

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

– JFK

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

– General Omar Bradley

Let us seize the day and the opportunity and strive for that greatness of spirit that measures life not by its disappointments but by its possibilities.”

– W.E.B. Du Bois

Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do.
 Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”

– Ella Fitzgerald

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. 
Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.”

– Mary Jean Irion

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

– Mary Oliver

A lot of people have ideas, but few decide to do something about them now. Not next week. But today.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Atari

Entrepreneurs are willing to roll the dice with their money or reputation on the line in support of an idea or enterprise.”

– Victor Kiam

It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way.”

– Aristotle

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which obstacles vanish.”

– John Quincy Adams

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly,
 what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

By your stumbling the world is perfected.”

– Sri Aurobindo

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”

– Eckhart Tolle

The only dream worth having is to live while you’re alive and die only when you’re dead.”

– Arundhati Roy

I will pay more for the ability to deal with people than any other ability under the sun.”

– John D. Rockefeller

It is to no purpose to turn away from the real nature of the affair because the honor of its elements excites repugnance.

– Carl von Clausewitz, On War

Things don’t change. You change your way of looking, that’s all.”

– Carlos Castaneda

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.”

– President Calvin Coolidge

A truly forgiving person is someone who experiences all the anger merited by injustice and still acts with fairness and compassion.”

– Martha Beck

The best reason to start an organization is to create a product or service to make the world a better place.”

– Guy Kawasaki

The good ideas are all hammered out in agony by individuals, not spewed out by groups.”

– Charles Brower, Advertising Hall of Fame

As each woman realizes her power, she transforms the world.”

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

There are children playing in the street who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.”

– J. Robert Oppenheimer

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.”

– Thomas Dunn

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