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Saturday June 12th

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Women in business keynote speaker says to let passion serve as a guide

Students at the Women in Business conference today got a little Roy Williams advice.

Sharon Allen gave the keynote at the Kenan-Flagler Business School’s annual conference. The Deloitte chairwoman’s address focused on this year’s theme of, “Reinventing Yourself in a Changing Environment.”

Allen, named to Forbes list of the 100 most powerful women in the world, quoted Williams, saying “You can never make a shot you don’t take.” With 38 years of experience in consulting and accounting, Allen was the perfect person to get UNC’s Women in Business Conference off to a great start.

She stressed the importance of planning in the path to reinvention, and said that we can’t waste our lives putting things off until Sunday, “the day that never comes.” She told the crowd of business causal-clad women that when they plan their futures, they can use that time and to their advantage to make extra money or go back to school and get the education they need to reach their potential.

“Let your passion guide you,” Allen said. “When your work is your passion, it doesn’t feel like work anymore.”

Although I’m not a business major, I found that Sharon Allen’s speech was still applicable to me. I realize now how important it is to stop and reflect on your personal happiness from time to time. If what you are doing doesn’t make you happy anymore, reinvent.

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