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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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I don’t do very well without fear. There needs to be a part of me saying, ‘That’s going to fail,’ so I can prove myself wrong.”

– Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe

Your own words are the bricks and mortar
of the dreams you want to realize.
 The words you choose and their use establish the life you experience.”

– Sonia Croquette

The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”

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

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

– Albert Einstein

The awakening to the mystery of life is a revolutionary event; in it an old world is destroyed so that a new and better one may take its place.”

– J.J. Van Der Leeuw, The Conquest of Illusion

‎No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.”

– Charles Dickens

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

– John Quincy Adams

Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.”

– Basil King

Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them!”

– Madam C.J. Walker

Find somebody to be successful for. Raise their hopes. Think of their needs.”

– Barack Obama

Never never never never give up.”

– Winston Churchill

Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”

– Helen Keller

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it”

– Andrew Carnegie

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.

– Robert Frost

Confidence is the most important thing you can teach someone… if you can teach them confidence, you don’t have to teach them anything else.”

– Vin Diesel

Tolerance and patience should not be read as signs of weakness. They are signs of strength.”

– The Dalai Lama

Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you.”

– Annie Dillard

Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth. Tame the dragon and the gift is yours.”

– Noela Evans

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”

– Robert Frost

I may not be able to change what takes place, but I can always choose to change my thinking.”

– Michelle Sedas

The gem cannot be polished without friction; nor man perfected without trials.”

– Chinese proverb

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

– Winston Churchill

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”

– Charles R. Swindoll

If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.”

– Anna Quindlen

They who give have all things. They who withhold have nothing.”

– Hindu Proverb

Remember that it’s okay to ask for help when you’re stumped, because sometimes you really can’t be expected to handle everything alone.”

– Martha Beck

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

You may ask me for anything you like except time.”

– Napoleon

The music is all around us. All you have to do is listen.”

– August Rush

If people like you they’ll listen to you; if they trust you, they’ll do business with you.”

– Zig Ziglar

You don’t go into a field that requires cracking people’s heads open or operating on something as delicate as the spinal cord unless you are comfortable with taking risks.”

– Dr. Ben Carson

A man without a smiling face
 should not open a shop.”

– Chinese Proverb

Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what nurtures creative thinking.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

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

– Eckhart Tolle

There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…”

– John Lennon

‎The biggest flaw in our existing theory of capitalism lies in its misrepresentation of human nature.”

– Muhammad Yunus

It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that there is joy.”

– J. Kristnhamurti, The First and Last Freedom

‎Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”

– Booker T. Washington

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

– Aristotle

Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.”

– Jack Kerouac

Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein

The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.”

– Voltaire

Many people prefer to play it safe when it comes to business matters. Are you willing to take risks in the pursuit of entrepreneurial success?”

– Steven Schussler

No matter how difficult and painful it may be, nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth.”

– Martha Beck, from "Leaving the Saints"

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

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

We are all of us born with a letter inside us, and that only if we are true to ourselves, may we be allowed to read it before we die.”

– Douglas Coupland

Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.”

– Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.”

– Joseph Addison

Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better.”

– Edgar W. Howe

The world I believed in, back in my most innocent, uninformed, childish mind—is real.”

– Martha Beck

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