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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 must have chaos within you, to create a dancing star.”

– Frederic Nietzsche

When I dare to be powerful—to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

– Audre Lorde

Inspiration and genius — one and the same.”

– Victor Hugo

We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”

– Winston Churchill

A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is an endless challenge, and challenges cannot possibly be good or bad. Challenges are simply challenges.”

– Carlos Castaneda

If you want to be busy, keep trying to be perfect. If you want to be happy, focus on making a difference.”

– Lisa Earle McLeod

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.”

– Steve Jobs

Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.”

– Gandi

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

– J.K. Rowling

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

– Sarah Ban Breathnach

If you do not tell the truth about yourself
, you cannot tell it about other people.”

– Virginia Woolf

Passion makes perfect.”

– Eugene Biro

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

– Albert Einstein

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

– Noela Evans

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

– Magical

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

– Carl Rogers

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

– Robert Frost

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

– Lewis Carroll

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

– General Omar Bradley

Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

– Groucho Marx

We are perfectionists. We are hungry to work all the time. We are entertained by every aspect of business and we never want to stop working.”

– Suzy Welch

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

– Jack Kerouac

Everyone is a mirror image of yourself—your own thinking coming back at you.”

– Byron Katie

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

– Charles Darwin

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

– T.S. Eliott

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

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

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

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”

– Leo Jozef Suenens

It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.”

– Alfred Adler

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

By your stumbling the world is perfected.”

– Sri Aurobindo

Who cares if my glass is half empty or half full; I still have something to drink.”

– Optimism rules

Do one thing every day that scares you.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.”

– Robert H. Schuller

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

– Albert Einstein

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 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"

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

– Robert Louis Stevenson

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

– African Proverb

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

– Dalai Lama

You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough.”

– Mae West

There is little success where there is little laughter.”

– Andrew Carnegie

Are you willing to help other people succeed even when it’s not a requirement of your job to be of assistance?”

– Steven Schussler

But all the while I was alone, the past was close behind, I seen a lot of women, but she never escaped my mind, and I just grew, tangled up in blue.”

– Bob Dylan

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

– Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

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 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

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

– Chinese Proverb

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