Irene McGuinness

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Driven, resourceful sales leader Irene McGuinness, in brief.

Irene McGuinness

Home: Chicago suburbs.  Age: Older than I look.  Profession: Sales, education.  Pronouns: She/Her/Hers.  Significant other: Lifetime best friend John McGuinness.  Alma mater: University of Illinois; DePaul University.

Current project: Searching for my next professional opportunity.  Hobbies: Travel, outdoor activities, family and friends.  Recent travel or adventure: Soon heading to Istanbul.  Last book read: The Five Graces of Life and Leadership, by Gary Burnison.

What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Grit.  How do you define an ideal business relationship? Direct, clear, open.  What is your greatest joy? My children.  What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? ER doctors.  What is your favorite place (or way) to spend money? Self care.  How do you relieve stress? Exercise.  What is your go-to workout? Fitness class with friends.  What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? Long walks and the beach.

What was your favorite college course? Ecology, Ethology and Evolution.  What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? Pictures of my family.  What’s the best advice you received growing up? Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.  What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? Being able to start my car remotely, from my phone.  What is your favorite app? Myfitnesspal.  What is your go-to source of creative inspiration? A walk in the park.  What world event has had the greatest influence on your life? 9/11.

What change would you like to see in the world?

A less turbulence and vitriol in politics.

What message do you want to send out into the world? Be kind.  What mega-trend most excites you? Advances in mental health care.  What mega-trend most concerns you? Rising housing costs.

As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? Resilient.  After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? My dog.  How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? With family.  What advice would you give your younger self? It’s going to be okay.  

Personal mission: Helping others to achieve their dreams.  Personal motto: This too shall pass.  Favorite quote: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the strength to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference” (Reinhold Niebuhr).

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