Deb Smolensky is the Co-founder and CFO of Global Women 4 Wellbeing and the VP and Global Practice Leader for Well-Being and Engagement at NFP, the ninth largest global benefits and insurance adviser, which services corporate clients of all sizes domestically and internationally.
- What did you have to learn the hard way in your professional life?
I learned that networking is the key to professional longevity, and that you are the CEO of your life and career path.
- What skills do you think are the most important for an entrepreneur to have?
I think skills that are most important for entrepreneurs are communication, public speaking, compassion, mindful listening, business acumen, and a personal awareness of strengths, passions, gifts and talents.
- What's your tech/startup prediction?
In my industry (HR and Corporate Wellness), tech will drive future solutions and growth. It's the only way; however, if done incorrectly, our space will literally experience mergers, consolidations, and exits from the industry.
- Who was a role model to you when you were coming up in your field?
My first manager was a role model. She was a women leader in a mostly-male organization, and she wasn't afraid to speak her mind or question the status quo -- in the right way, of course.
Now for the fun stuff...
- What hashtag best describes you? #BetheChange
- Which song is the soundtrack to your life? I love this question! It actually changes based on my day. When I need to make waves I listen to Rockstar by Pink, and when I'm having a really bad day I listen to Stronger by Kelly Clarkson. When I need inspiration, I'll pick I Lived by One Republic.
- Where is your favorite spot in Chicago? You'll find me anywhere that pampers my soul; beauty, good food, zoos, and gardens -- places like that.
- What do you like to do in your free time? Believe it or not, I actually like creating new businesses!
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