man’s ego…

“man’s ego is the fountainhead of human progress…” the banner at the top of my blog ….regretfully, I think many people misunderstand the point of the quote.

Although “ego” connotes arrogance and greed…

For anyone who has read Ayn Rand, understands the “ego” refered to in her quote is not the ego that gets people to buy gold watches, wear fancy clothes, and or manipulate the financial markets to ones advantage….

The ego, Ayn Rand refers to, in my opinion, is more “self – pride…” the very ego which drives people to be honorable and the best they can become; the very ego which motivates us to go after the top of the mountain.

“man’s ego…..”

In October 2009, naseba will be hosting a Women’s Leadership Summit under the High Patronage of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President & Prime Minister of U.A.E., Ruler of Dubai and recently, Oprah Winfrey will be a keynote speaker and Chair the Summit.

The theme of the summit: “would the economic crisis have happened if women were in charge.”

In late 2002, Sophie Le Ray came up with the idea to start naseba; She recruited Fabien Faure to launch the company with her, she even came up with our first event, “MICE Congress” which developed into a series of events.

Over the past 6 years, Sophie has been a Producer, Operations Director, Investor Relations, and CFO. Ultimately, she has developed into the Chief Operating Officer, running the day to day operations of the group.

Sophie is one of the most dynamic business men/women I have ever met.

Back in the beginning of 2009, in the middle of the global financial meltdown, as the COO of naseba, Sophie efficiently helped lead the management team and company through the storm. One of the major reasons for naseba’s success, thus far surviving the storm is because of her operational leadership.

Although I consider her commercially aggressive, she is also extremely conservative with regards to budgets and expectations.

As I am focused on a new division at naseba, “Capital Raising & Financial Information Services,” and to ensure, the best operational management flow at group level, I have decided to break up my position as Chairman & CEO, and promote Sophie Le Ray to CEO of naseba group.

Sophie is exceptional and without question, deserving of the title Chief Executive Officer.

It’s very interesting to reflect upon…. the theme which our Women in Leadership Summit will explore, would things be different if women had been running things in the first place?

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