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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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You don’t love someone because of their looks or their clothes or their car. You love them because they sing a song only your heart can understand.”

– L.J. Smith

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

Don’t follow, lead. Don’t copy, create. Don’t start, finish. Don’t sit still, move. Don’t fit in, stand out. Don’t sit quietly, speak up. (Not all the time, sure, but more often.)”

– Seth Godin

The dove descending breaks the air / With flame of inkandescent terror.”

– T.S. Eliott

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

– General Omar Bradley

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

– T.S. Eliot

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams, for when dreams go, life is a barren field frozen with snow.”

– Langston Hughes

The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled.”

– Andrew Carnegie

The great use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.”

– William James

Traveling is one way of lengthening life, at least in appearance.”

– Benjamin Franklin

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.”

– Jesse Jackson

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. 
Now put foundations under them.”

– Henry David Thoreau

My goal was to tell the life side of the story. We have become a nation of voyeurs that expect sensationalism, and that offends me.”

– Kathleen Jo Ryan

A person who learns to juggle six balls will be more skilled than the person who never tries to juggle more than three.”

– Marilyn vos Savant

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

– Robert Louis Stevenson

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

– August Rush

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

– Thomas Carlyle

Do one thing every day that scares you.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”

– Thomas Edison

When a dog runs at you, whistle for him.”

– Henry David Thoreau

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

– Albert Einstein

How do you stay resilient? It’s about momentum. Like riding a bicycle. If you stop you fall over. So I keep pedaling.”

– Diane Lane

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

– Guy Kawasaki

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

– Dalai Lama

Whosoever knows how to fight well is not angry. Whosoever knows how to conquer enemies does not fight them.”

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”

– Magical

Success is about finding a livelihood that brings joy, self-sufficiency, and a sense of contributing.”

– Anita Roddick

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

– Martha Beck

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

Why am I whispering when I have something to say?”

– Eve Ensler

Letting go of expectations is a ticket to peace. It allows us to ride over every crisis—small or large—like a beach ball on water.”

– Martha Beck

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.”

– Robert Fritz

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

– Charles Dickens

Don’t follow your dreams. Chase them.”

– Richard Dumb

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

– Charles Darwin

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

Almost anyone can start a community, but it takes real talent and commitment to get people to show up and keep coming back.”

– Andy Sernovitz

Education is an admirable thing to have, but it is well to remember that nothing worth knowing can be taught.”

– Oscar Wilde

Most people never pick up the phone and call. Most people never ask, and that’s what separates the people who do things from the people who just dream about them.”

– Steve Jobs

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.”

– Audre Lorde

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

– Nelson Mandela

Remove those ‘I want you to like me’ stickers from your forehead
and, instead, place them where they truly will do the most good—on your mirror.”

– Susan Jeffers

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

– John D. Rockefeller

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

– Thomas Dunn

We are not meant to resolve all contradictions, but to live with them and rise above them.”

– William Blake

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

– Mark Twain

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

– Carl Rogers

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

– Victor Kiam

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

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Atari

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

– John Lennon

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