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Authors Group Presents Maureen Chiquet
Wed, May 24, 2017, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM CDT
When Maureen Chiquet left her position as Global CEO of the acclaimed fashion house Chanel last year, she knew that her unique life story and approach to leadership could help others think differently about their own values and goals.
Driven. Shy. Leader. Wife. Mother. We live in a world of categories—labels designed to tell the world, and ourselves, who we are and ought to be. Some we may covet, others we may fear or disdain, but creating a life that’s truly your own means learning to define yourself on your own terms. In BEYOND THE LABEL, Chiquet tells of her unlikely rise from literature major to eager French student to traveling cosmetics saleswoman to retail executive to global chief executive. Sharing the inklings, risks and (re)defining moments that have shaped her career, Chiquet seeks to inspire a new generation of women, liberal arts grads, introverts, and unconventional thinkers to cultivate a way of living and leading that is all their own.
Through vivid storytelling and hard-won insights, Chiquet guides us all to consider the pressing questions and inherent paradoxes of creating a successful, fulfilling life in today’s increasingly complex and competitive world. She shares the unsung benefits of a jagged path to leadership in the workplace, how a self-professed introvert can learn to address—and win over—a crowded room, how to recognize that one professional opportunity has reached its conclusion and that it’s time to move on, and so much more.
Maureen Chiquet began her career in marketing at L’Oreal Paris in 1985. She has worked at The Gap, helped launch Old Navy, and was president of Banana Republic before becoming COO and President of US operations of Chanel in 2003. In 2007 she became its first Global CEO, where she oversaw the business and brand’s world-wide expansion. She is a graduate of Yale University and Trustee to the Yale Corporation.
The event begins with an 11:30 am reception, followed by lunch and the program at noon. Books for autographing will be available for purchase at the event from The Book Stall. If you or your guests have any dietary restrictions (i.e., vegetarian, food allergies or gluten free), please contact Club Services at the Union League Club of Chicago at (800) 443-0578 or ClubServices@ulcc.org. Dress code is business casual, no denim.