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Tuesday, April 09, 2024
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Learn the simple and positive way to embrace your agency, lead change, and fly free—in the business of life and the life of business with acclaimed CEO, TED Speaker, and Entrepreneurship Professor James Rhee as he shares the inspirational true story of finding success through kindness (plus a little math).

In kindergarten, Rhee received a toy red helicopter in gratitude for a simple act of kindness—sharing his lunch. The toy was lost to time, but decades later as an unlikely, first-time CEO, the lesson from that memory helped him salvage and transform Ashley Stewart, a company on the edge of liquidation.

During those years, Rhee experienced great loss—the death of his parents—and great joy as his team at Ashley Stewart, an iconic company predominantly employing and serving Black women, became some of his dearest friends. In the process, he composed a simple, but powerful operational and financial model for life and leadership that inspired leaders around the world.

In, red helicopter, Rhee shares a story of personal and professional success and presents a comforting, yet bold solution to the dissatisfaction and worry we all feel in a chaotic and sometimes terrifying world.

James Rhee, will be in conversation with Cliff Hakim, author of the book and pioneer of the concept by the same name We Are All Self-Employed (Berrett-Koehler, 2003, 2nd edition). Cliff has guided executives, managers, specialists, and entrepreneurs using this concept through transition: to know themselves better, to explore their options, and to honor their passion by reaching for new meaningful goals.

James Rhee is an acclaimed impact investor, founder, CEO, goodwill strategist, thought leader, and educator, who empowers people, brands, and organizations by marrying capital with purpose. He bridges the emotional with the mathematical, and gives permission for us to be human.

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James Rhee is an acclaimed impact investor, founder, CEO, goodwill strategist, thought leader, and educator, who empowers people, brands, and organizations by marrying capital with purpose. He bridges the emotional with the mathematical, and gives permission for us to be human.
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Cliff Hakim is the author of the book and pioneer of the concept by the same name We Are All Self-Employed (Berrett-Koehler, 2003, 2nd edition). Cliff has guided executives, managers, specialists, and entrepreneurs using this concept through transition: to know themselves better, to explore their options, and to honor their passion by reaching for new meaningful goals.
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