Terri Friel began her professional life as a chemical engineer at P&G. They believed that engineers could be managers and early on I demonstrated a talent for managing difficult situations and groups changing them into high performing groups. As she proposed, estimated, hired contractors and installed improvements in systems, she also trained the people who would use the new system and reduced start up issues dramatically while saving hundreds of thousands of dollars. After 10 years, Terri became seriously ill. Instead of just being sick, she went back to university to get her PhD in Engineering Management. From there, Terri became an academic, mostly to heal, but raised a family, was the breadwinner and achieved tenure at two universities. Once she was well, she took on a large project for Butler University, eventually being promoted to Associate dean which led to her application for the dean's position at Roosevelt University. Terri managed the $23 million college for 6 years under extremely adverse conditions and left in 2015 to pursue consulting in operations for SMEs and start ups. She is now self-employed and a member of several significant boards. Terri will be speaking at the Diversity on Boards summit in December and has been a speaker at the Society of Women Engineers and several other organizations. She's also an ironman and certified USAT and Ironman triathlon coach.
Terri speaks on a variety of topics, including:
- Why women are important in corporate boards
- How to address internal personal biases you may not know you have
- Should you be an entrepreneur? Why women can and should work for themselves
- How can you become a triathlete? What are the benefits of doing triathlons?
- Should you get an MBA?
- How to choose your next career and the college to get you there