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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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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

This is the age when magical technologies make more and more radically fun ideas plausible, even easy. You’re only limited by your creativity.”

– Martha Beck

I was taught at a very young age that you can do whatever you want to, but you have to make it happen — not just talk about it.”

– Kathleen Jo Ryan

The best hobbies are the ones that take us furthest from our primary occupation.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

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

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

– Mary Oliver

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

– Napoleon

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

– Muhammad Yunus

Do you have the desire to create something new; the strength of conviction to believe your creation will be successful, and the reservoir of energy necessary to thrust it into the marketplace?”

– Steven Schussler

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

– Robert Louis Stevenson

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

– The Dalai Lama

Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.”

– Benjamin Disraeli

Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, ‘Make Me Feel Important.’ Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.”

– Mary Kay Ash

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

– William Blake

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

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

– Barack Obama

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

An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.“


– Roy Ash, co-founder of Litton Industries

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

Change is a math formula. Change happens when the cost of the status quo is greater than the risk of change.”

– Alan Webber, author, "Rules of Thumb"

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

– William Butler Yeats

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.”

– Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., U.S. Supreme Court justice

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

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

– Ray Bradbury

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

– Carl Rogers

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

– Charles R. Swindoll

If you were independently wealthy and never had to work a day in your life, would you still choose to spend your time attempting to become a successful entrepreneur?”

– Steven Schussler

My job is my hobby. I come to work to play.”

– Uli Becker, president, Reebok International

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

– Benjamin Franklin

A man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.”

– Chinese Proverb

When you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

I’m not afraid of storms,
for I’m learning to sail my ship.”

– Louisa May Alcott

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

– Hindu Proverb

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

– John D. Rockefeller

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

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

– John Quincy Adams

The follow-your-gut mentality of the entrepreneur has the potential to take you anywhere you want to go or run you right out of business.”

– Bill Rancic, "The Apprentice"

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

– Aristotle

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

– Basil King

History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.”

– John F. Kennedy

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

– Magical

Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.”

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

Our deepest wishes are whispers of our authentic selves. We must learn to respect them. We must learn to listen.”

– Sarah Ban Breathnach

By your stumbling the world is perfected.”

– Sri Aurobindo

Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.”

– J.K. Rowling

Never never never never give up.”

– Winston Churchill

The person who makes a success of living is the one who see his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.”

– Cecil B. DeMille

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

– Edgar W. Howe

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

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

– Charles Dickens

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