Dear EBC Family,
It is with great disappointment that I must reschedule tomorrow’s breakfast with Greg Wasson, CEO of Walgreens. Someone very close to Greg is nearing the end of his life, and Greg – as a great man and leader should – will stay by his side and take this time to be a comfort and support to his loved ones.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh said, “Grief can’t be shared. Everyone carries it alone. His own burden in his own way.” While we do each feel the ache of loss individually, I disagree that grief can’t be shared. Just as we share in each other’s successes and joys, we – as empathetic leaders and human beings – are all touched at some point by loss and can therefore understand and share one another’s pain.
Each month at the EBC we discuss how to be a transformational leader. What is that quality that some leaders have that makes people want to share in their visions and feel like they are a part of something bigger, not just an employee exchanging time for a paycheck.
Each month we interview leaders and shine a light on different sides and manifestations of one core truth: it is character. One leader may be charming, one may be highly intelligent, another may be the hardest working. But each one must have a foundation of character at her or his core to be truly transformational. Greg Wasson is that kind of guy, that kind of leader, and that kind of loved one. It is his decision to stay by the side of his loved ones in this difficult time that makes him the kind of guy we at the EBC welcome with open arms.
So yes, I am disappointed that I will not see everyone tomorrow. But I too have been touched by loss and so more than anything right now I am sad for Greg and his family and will keep them in my thoughts. I hope that you, my EBC friends, will do the same. And when we welcome Greg back to the EBC in May we will do so with delight because he’s the kind of guy who has a core of solid character.
Now to some business:
The Next EBC breakfast will be March 14th with Maria Wynne, Former CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago
If you registered for tomorrow’s event you will be automatically enrolled for the May event (date TBD) with Greg Wasson. If you are unable to make it to the rescheduled date in May we can issue you a credit for a future EBC breakfast or a refund.
Because we had to cancel this month, we will also have a bonus EBC breakfast in June. Most likely this will be June 13th but we will confirm once details have been finalized.
If you have any questions or issues please feel free to contact me at any time. My direct email is [email protected] and my cell phone number is 414.617.4633.
Thank you for your understanding. It is in challenging and sorrowful times like these that our character is tested. And I know everyone in the EBC would earn an A+.
Your Executive Director,