Transitions and Risk Taking: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave

Listen to a complete audio recording of this 2015 breakout session below.

Are you looking to start a second career but nervous about what to do? Have you been in finance for a decade and are scared to change industries but desperately need a change? Do you want to retire but fear the uncertainty of the extra hours in a day? Are you scared to leave the stability of corporate America to fulfill your inner entrepreneur? Have you taken years off to care for your family and worry about re-entering and managing the demands of a fast-paced workplace? Are you scared of heights but desperately want to rock climb? Taking risks and stepping outside of your comfort zone can be stressful, challenging and downright scary! Fear isn’t an end point, though; it’s a point of entry to a life of incomparable joy. Join this panel of leaders who will share their real-life experiences to help you navigate your fears and find your life calling. Together we will share their experiences and lessons learned while becoming brave. Attendees will leave with practical advice for overcoming their fears, taking risks and successfully taking the plunge and making a transition personally or professionally.

Panel of Experts:
Joyce Maynard, best-selling author, To Die For and Labor Day, and memoirist
Erin L. McSweeney, senior vice president, human resources, EMC Corporation
Peggy Northrop, editor in chief, Sunset Magazine, and co-founder, SheBooks
Ramona Pierson, CEO and co-founder, Declara

Host: Patrice D’Eramo, VP, Americas Field Marketing, Cisco Systems

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