Episode Summary: Brenda Ryan

Brenda Ryan grew up in Detroit in the late 1960s, and took a big chance to enroll at Michigan Tech, sight unseen. She started a promising career at General Motors before getting her masters and starting her own companies – three, now, all successful – while becoming the Chair of the MTU Board of Trustees. Some keys: when you become a leader, don’t tell people what to do, ask them to teach you; when you suffer a bad break, take control of your situation; be inclusive of your people’s opinions, then be decisive and own it.

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