Founder of Lead the Future: Writer, Catalyst, Connector
Marianne Abib-Pech is a citizen of the world. She has spent 40% of her life abroad, and wouldn’t trade it for anything. Originally from France, she is now splitting her time between Hong- Kong and London.
She is a 'pure product' of Corporate America and led a highly successful international finance career. Former CFO of Shell Aviation and a product of corporate America, she trained with Arthur Andersen, worked for Motorola and spent the largest part of her career with General Electric. (Keep it quiet, but she still has a soft spot for The company!)
Yet, she decided to join the entrepreneur’s world to have impact.
She defines herself as a catalyst of business, ideas and people and is determined to make this world a better place. To be true to her purpose she founded Lead the Future (www.leadthefuture.biz) a brand that includes financial advising company specialized in the Energy and Alternative Investment sectors (business), and a leadership consulting company (people).
In addition to being a writer and a freelance columnist, Marianne serves on the boards of several venture capital funds and start ups in Europe and Asia. For her current projects and whatever’s making her tick today. Check out her blog : "http://www.marianne.hk"
Passionate about people, innovation and entrepreneurship, Marianne is constantly looking for new business ideas, interesting people to meet and new perspectives on life. She believes firmly that these are the best of possible times to be alive.
For relaxation, she loves fine food, finer wine, and exercise.
Wise leaders, that I hope you are, this is a wake-up call. If you want to compete in the talent war, if you want proactively to address the regulatory pressure on your own terms, invest in nurturing your next generation of women leaders.
This is a new dimension in recruitment and leadership. Find people with this profound desire to serve others and they will take pride in making people feel good and suggest changes in pursuit of excellence.
Singapore-based Melvyn Teillol-Foo, founder of PuristSPro, a reference website for watch lovers in Asia, collects with and for his wife and speaks fondly of the first double purchase they ever made - the Omega Constella-tion 5125.
For Nicholas, the buyer of the famous Kate Middleton see-through dress that allegedly caught Prince William's eye, his take on memorabilia appears to be more finance orientated. "I thought that by acquiring the uber-sexy, rather risque dress of the future Queen of England one cannot go wrong."
I am starting to wonder, if I am turning into a serial networker? Or if I am embracing what I am preaching: to develop your innovation skills you have to push yourself out of your cognitive comfort zone?
It was just a month ago that the movers and shakers of the wine world got back from their very first taste of Bordeaux 2011. The results of the tasting were mixed and, with the financial crisis still roaring, the question of wine as an attractive alternative investment continues to be debated.
A fully-fledged merchant bank dedicated to social entrepreneurship. Social responsibility is being taken to the next level. We might finally reconcile the pursuit of profit and the increasingly evident need for social justice.
How do you help your job seeking daughter? Go back in time and guide her, influence her taste, expose her to cultural difference, enroll her in music classes, literary salons, open her brain and build her knowledge. Think about the concept of the Renaissance man. When the time comes, help her make the right choice over and over again.
Maybe the true call for change is to move away from a process and money-oriented world towards a purpose-driven world, one with human values and more social equality. Could entrepreneurship act as a catalyst? A vast question yet to be explored.
11/11/2011 12:50 GMT
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