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I’ve put my entire staff through leadership training every week. Many business owners view this as a risk from a cost perspective because after costly training, staff may leave. My view is that my investment in their leadership training provides me with a better team and also raises the standard in my industry.

How are you a champion for change?
I’ve made my company a giving company. At least 10 percent of our gross annual revenue is given to organizations we’re passionate about.

How are you advancing the state of women?
Eighty percent of my staff are women. This is unusual for M&A firms, and more unique given that we only work within the manufacturing sectors. None of these women had prior M&A experience. Providing training in the industry together with ongoing leadership training has changed the course of their lives. Leading in M&A or any other field is about investment in others and facilitating the growth of new leaders. Success isn’t about the harvest, it’s about the seed sown into someone else’s life.