Fearless

When Jade Delaney recently decided to get advertising agency McCann Bristol’s attention in order to get a job, she painted herself gold and stood in front of their building with a simple sign that read “know the power of women in advertising.” She was recreating the Fearless Girl statue (McCann Bristol’s office was a partner in…

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In Appreciation of Appreciation

Something out of the ordinary happens when dining out with my friend Bill. “Thanks for coming in today,” he’ll say to the server when they approach our table. They’ll give him a puzzled look and often reply, “Excuse me?” He’ll repeat, “Thanks for coming in; for coming to work. I’m glad you’re here.”  At this…

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A Life Unfiltered

I loathe social media selfie filters. As the mother of a soon-to-be fourteen-year-old girl, it is soul-wrenching to watch my daughter’s internal struggle as she holds to her face an image of her “perfect” self (compliments of the filter du jour), then scowl at the “flawed” person peering back at her in the mirror. These…

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Emotional Courage

I read an article recently on emotional courage that struck a chord with me as it is a leadership trait and topic I don’t believe gets enough credit. The ability to persevere against challenges, roadblocks and simply the word ‘no’ and rise above that to find new ways of doing things is an invaluable skill…

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Advice from Our Dads

The world is full of people wanting to give us advice – often unsolicited! But when it comes from our parents we tend to give it our full attention. This week, in recognition of Father’s Day this coming Sunday, June 17 in the U.S., we wanted to share advice from our fathers. As the University…

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The Place That Shaped Me

As my flight left the ground early Sunday morning, I looked out of the window at the patchwork of Iowa farm fields with their straight rows of corn and beans, green fields dotted with livestock and family farms, and marveled at the simple beauty of the place I call home. I’m certain others look out…

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An Unexpected Path

JoAnn Martin was a JDA customer for 17 years before she joined the company as vice president of Industry Strategy for Retail. Her experiences at L Brands, DSW and Luxottica, leading planning, allocation and analytical teams – and implementing a broad set of JDA solutions – has given her a unique approach to her job…

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The Power of Mistakes

As part of JDA’s support of AWESOME (Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management and Education), I attended the recent AWESOME Symposium and was privileged to hear amazing stories of women’s careers. What impressed me about the stories was the honesty – their willingness to talk about the problems they had, the mistakes they…

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An AWESOME Conversation

JDA was the proud host partner of the AWESOME Symposium, May 9-12 in Orlando. As part of the opening session, we shared a recorded conversation between Nancy Nix, Executive Director Emeritus of AWESOME and JDA CEO Girish Rishi, whose schedule prevented him from being there in person. During their conversation they discussed the importance of…

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