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Ana Dutra, a Women of Pure Success in the Business World

By Hope Katz Gibbs
Publisher
Be Inkandescent

When long-time corporate exec Ana Dutra retired last year on the brink of turning 50, she was ready for a new adventure.

For six years, she had been the CEO of Korn Ferry Leadership and Talent Consulting, where she created a $300 million global business using a combination of organic growth, multiple acquisitions, innovative go-to-market approaches, and incorporation of technology and digitization of products and services.

Prior to that, the Brazilian native—who holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, a Master in Economics from Pontificia Universidade do Rio de Janeiro, and a Juris Doctor from Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, all summa cum laude—spent decades as an executive, consultant, and business leader in industries such as technology, manufacturing, and professional services.

“I had accomplished everything I’d ever dreamed of in the corporate world,” she explains. “Then one day, I looked at my life and knew that I needed a change.”

In 2013, she launched Mandala Global Advisors, and also became a senior global advisor for Humantelligence, a technology solutions company.

And that’s not all. A book deal is in the offing, as are other investments and ideas that Dutra hopes to pursue. “The problem with having a lot of options open to you is that it can be hard to know which one to choose,” she admits.

Dutra knows she’s not alone. In fact, she coined the crossroads as “The Second Act Dilemma.”

What does she mean by that? And what can business leaders do to gracefully find their way to the next phase of their career?

Scroll down for our Q&A with Dutra from her home in Chicago.

And click here to listen to our entire podcast interview on Inkandescent Radio: The Voice of Entrepreneurs.


Be Inkandescent: You have had tremendous success in the business world, so before we launch into what’s happening in your present life—let’s look back at the last few decades. Tell us about your career.

Ana Dutra: I was brought up in a very global family. We spent our summers in different countries, and that made me want to be a diplomat. So I studied law and economics. And I shadowed a couple of people who are diplomats in Brazil at the time that IBM was starting to recruit. I got the job! Then, one day I was in my office and a colleague of mine walked in and said he was coming to say good-bye because he was heading to the US to get his MBA. I thought, what a great idea. I got into five schools, and chose Kellogg because I had a background in economics and knew the school’s program was based on collaboration and teamwork, and was also strong in marketing. I came to the US with my husband with the goal of staying for two years. And 21 years, three children, and five jobs later, we’re still going strong.

Be Inkandescent: Let’s talk about what led you to coin the phrase, “The Second Act Dilemma.”

Ana Dutra: This was born from not just my own self-reflection but from conversations with others who have finished up one big career, but refuse to say that they are “retired.” When you have the energy and the drive to keep working, being 50 (or 60, or 70) means nothing. More importantly, we are asking ourselves what is next. Believe me, everyone I’ve talked to about this knows that they are in a privileged position. But still, there is a challenge because you know that the Second Act might bring so much more ambiguity into your life. The other issue we all seem to be wrestling with is what defines ourselves as individuals and as leaders. I am hoping to figure out what my purpose is in life. That’s not easy, but to me it’s essential.

Be Inkandescent: Why do you think so many successful people are struggling with this phase?

Ana Dutra: I believe it’s because most people are taught what success should look like. It could be messages from family, parents, bosses, teachers, and mentors—or what they see in business or society. This recipe for success is usually based on achievements, promotions, and status. But I’ve come across way too many people who, despite all those achievements, tell me that they are miserable. That’s when they start to ask if “success” was worth the time and energy and sacrifice.

Be Inkandescent: Do you see a way around the dilemma?

Ana Dutra: In my new role with Mandala Global Advisors, I meet a lot of CEOs and I ask them: When you are gone from this world, what do you want the people who cared most about you to remember about you? Most people pause, not knowing how to answer. They think about it, and while the answers differ slightly, I’ve never heard anyone say, “I want them to remember that I was the best operator in my company,” or “I made more money than the other guy.” Rather, they want their kids, spouse, and best friends to remember that they were inspiring, caring, and devoted. The good news is that it’s never too late. The key is to create behaviors that match the legacy you want to leave behind. This Second Act is your chance to be who you want to be.

Be Inkandescent: Give us some insight into what’s next for you in your Second Act?

Ana Dutra: As soon as I cut the umbilical cord to my traditional career path, I enrolled in a yoga teacher training—not because I wanted to be a yoga teacher, because I’m not good enough at it, but I thought I’d get into the wellness business. And, to the horror of my children, I bought an electric guitar and took lessons. Then I started assessing my options. It turns out the list of things I do not want to do is pretty clear. I’m a very competitive person and since I no longer have the day-to-day responsibility to increase marketshare, I look for personal challenges. It helps me keep an open mind, and in doing so I have met fascinating people. I’m very comfortable with ambiguity, and I’m excited to see what’s next.

Don’t stop now! Click here to read Dutra’s Second-Act Tips for Entrepreneurs. And click here to download our podcast interview on the Inkandescent Radio Network.

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2014 Corporate Citizenship Summit

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Alexandria Business Networking Event, September 2014

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MCC Quarterly Tech and Social Media Networking Event

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Wednesday, September 10, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

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Wednesday, September 10, 4:00 PM - 6:15 PM

How to Tap Your Mind to Achieve Peak Performance

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Women Entrepreneurs Unite: Fall 2014 Mixer

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Get a Grip on Your Business!

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8th Annual Networking Breakfast with the Superintendent

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The Annapolis Craft Beer and Music Festival

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Business of Software Workshops

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Women's Business Roundtable

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Annapolis Professional and Small Business Lunchtime Meet & Greet

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Medgate User Group Conference

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Tuesday, September 16, 6-9pm

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Wednesday, September 17, 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM

Chamber Day in Washington D.C.

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Wednesday, September 17, 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM

Rotary Quarterly Business Leaders Breakfast & Networking

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Wednesday, September 17, 8:00am-9:30am

Washington Business Journal: Lead Generation Seminar - Breakfast

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Wednesday, September 17, 4:00pm-7:00pm

Advanced Degree Open House

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Wednesday, September 17, 4:30 PM to 6:00

OFBPA Meeting at Brightview Assisted Living

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Wednesday, September 17, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Meet With Top Business Schools - MBA Consulting

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Wednesday, September 17, 6:00 PM TO 8:00 PM

MCC Networking and Cocktail Night at Gansevoort Park

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Wednesday, September 17, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Miami Networked Recruiter Fall Networking Event

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Wednesday, September 17, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

IABC Philadelphia Networking at the Sugar House Casino

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Wednesday, September 17, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

It's Back to Networking YOU go! IFW School edition evening Networking event

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Wednesday, September 17, 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

NYC Business Owners & Professionals Networking Event, at 49 Grove Street

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Thursday, September 18, 7:30am-9:30am

BBJ Breakfast Biz Mix

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Thursday, September 18, 7:30 AM TO 9:30 AM

Breakfast Networking Mixer

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Thursday, September 18, 8:00 AM TO 8:00 PM

Woman Entrepreneurs Conference 2014

Location: 365 Fifth Avenue The Graduate Center of The City University of NY New York, NY 10016
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Thursday, September 18, 11:45am-1:00pm

BBJ & Constant Contact Smart Reader Seminar

Location: 160 Federal St FL 12 Boston MA 02110
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Thursday, September 18, 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

@AnalyticsWeek: #AnalyticsFair NYC - Analytics Rendezvous Eve

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Thursday, September 18, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Business Networking Reception @ WellsFargo

Location: Wells Fargo | 1934 14th Street Northwest Washington, DC 20009 USA
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Thursday, September 18, 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Business Volunteers Meet & Greet

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Friday, September 19, 7:45 AM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

Mid-Atlantic Marketing Summit Baltimore 2014

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Saturday, September 20, 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Hospice Cup Dinghy Poker Run

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Sunday, September 21, 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Social Sundays Philly Networking Mixer

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Monday, September 22, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Creating and Refining Your Company Culture

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Tuesday, September 23, 08:00 am - 05:00 pm

2014 Credit & Collections Conference: Game Changing Strategies!

Location: 1 Dorrance Street Providence, RI 02903
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Tuesday, September 23, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

How Do You Network?

Location: Anne Arundel County Public Library - Severna Park Branch 45 West McKinsey Road Severna Park, MD 21146
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Tuesday, September 23, 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Social Media & Networking Workshop for Restaurants

Location: 745 Atlantic Ave Second Floor Boston, MA 02111
Cost: $48 | Register for event

Tuesday, September 23, 6-9pm

New York at 230 Fifth

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Wednesday, September 24, 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM

Baltimore Business Networking Event for September 2014

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Wednesday, September 24, 6-9pm

Network After Work Miami at Batch Gastropub

Location: 30 SW 12th St Miami FL 33130
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Wednesday, September 24, 6:00 PM

vBeers Miami After Work Hours IT Meet-Up Event

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Thursday, September 25, 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM

Executive Alliance's Security Leaders Summit Boston

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Thursday, September 25, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Financing for Startups and Supporting Your Operations

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Thursday, September 25, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Top Private Cocktail Celebration

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Thursday, September 25, 5:30pm-7:30pm

"The Art of the Powerful Conversation” Workshop

Location: Sherin & Lodgen 101 Federal Street, 31st Floor 02110
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Thursday, September 25, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Gold Business Connect Networking Game Show

Location: Regus | 750 3rd Ave New York, NY 10017
Cost: $40 | Register for event

Saturday, September 27, 11 AM

2014 Maryland Business & Community Expo

Location: Sheraton Baltimore Washington Airport Hotel - BWI 1100 Old Elkridge Landing Rd Linthicum Heights, MD 21090
Cost: $6 | Register for event

Sunday, September 28, 3:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Jazzy Networking Cocktail

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Tuesday, September 30, 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

All Aboard Florida Luncheon & Social

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Tuesday, September 30, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

YEP-Boston Education Fall Speed Networking

Location: Julep Bar 200 High St Boston, MA 02110
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Tuesday, September 30, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Biz Mix at Michael's Cafe

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Tuesday, September 30, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

The Right Connection

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Tuesday, September 30, 6:30 PM

Starting a Business and Staying Out of Tax Trouble

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Wednesday, October 1, 5:30pm - 8:00pm

The Who's Who of Dade County Mixer

Location: 1826 Restaurant & Lounge 1826 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139
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Wednesday, October 1, 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM

NYC Networking Event - Foosball, Cocktails & Fun at Sweetwater Social

Location: Sweetwater Social | 643 Broadway New York, NY
Cost: Members: Free | Non-members : $5 | Register for event

Thursday, October 2, 10:00 AM To 5:00 PM

Small Business Expo 2014

Location: Hynes Convention Center 900 Boylston St. Boston, MA 02115
Cost: Free | Register for event | Phone: 212) 404-2345

Thursday, October 2, 5:30pm-7:30pm

Top Private Cocktail Celebration

Location: Hotel Monaco | 2 N. Charles Street Baltimore MD 21201
Cost: $60 | Register for event

Thursday, October 2, 5:30pm

2014 Annual Speed Networking

Location: 125 High Street, Oliver Street Tower Boston, MA 02110
Cost: Members: Free | Non-members : $20 | Register for event

Saturday, October 4, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Rapid Action Money Map Weekend Bootcamp - RAMM

Location: Strategic Economic Solutions, LLC 929 West Street, Suite 208C Annapolis, MD 21401
Register for event | Phone: (443) 994-3084

Saturday, October 4, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Fall Cocktails: Networking for the Cause

Location: Magnet | 24105 Linden Blvd Elmont, NY 11003
Cost: $15 | Register for event

Sunday, October 5, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

WSW October Networking Event

Location: Embassy Suites 9000 Bartram Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19153
Cost: $25 | Register for event | Phone: 215-605-6193

Sunday, October 5, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

WSW October Networking Event

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Events

Saturday, Sept. 6: Join “college success coach” Tiona Blydon and 10 other entrepreneurs at Hampton Inn Hotel for Baltimore’s Mastermind Brunch, 10 AM to 2 PM.

Inside The Network

“There is a turning point in healing when your interest in the world revives, and despair gives way to hope,” explains Dr. Esther Sternberg, whose PBS Special “The Science of Healing,” airs through June.

meet the hosts

Since August 2009, former Pennsylvania State Senator Rob Wonderling (R-24th) has been the President & CEO of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce—the advocate of the region’s business community in 11 counties and three states.

hotels food & Fun

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Book Store

“We think life keeps getting harder, but the percentage of people who feel happy is growing every year,” author David Niven explains in his new book, Up! So if you are feeling down, don’t miss his 365 reasons to be optimistic.

Art Gallery

Photographer Cindy Seip has been taking photos since she was in college at the Fort Lauderdale Art Institute back in the early 80s. A longtime designer for The Miami Herald, and a photographer for its Sunday magazine, “Tropic,” she shot photos of some of Miami’s hottest celebs and scintillating newsmakers.

Networking & PR Tips

Industry-specific conferences and conventions are a hallmark in business networking. Beware! The chaos of the convention floor can prove a sensory overload for the experienced and first-timers alike.