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Women Mean Business - Barbara Duganier

Barbara Duganier

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You really can have it all—sort of. Leisa Holland-Nelson seeks career advice from financial whiz Barbara Duganier, Sr. Executive and Head of North American Finance Business Services for Accenture.

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Leisa: Hello. I'm Leisa Holland-Nelson and welcome to another edition of Women Mean Business where we're going to take you up close and personal with extraordinary doing extraordinary things. My guest today is Barbara Duganier, senior executive and head of North American Finance Business Services for Accenture. Barbara, you've been incredibly successful in your career. Imagine we had a young businesswoman here at the table with us, what advice would you give her to achieve the success you've had?

Barbara: Well Leisa, I do mentor a lot of women coming up through our organization and outside of Accenture. I would think of three things. I would give them advice in three areas. One is that to have a really good mentor or multiple mentors throughout your career is a really significant thing to do in managing your career and in looking at your personal growth through someone else's eyes, particularly someone who's been very successful.

What you need out of a mentor changes as you change and you grow, but having one and this is statistically proven, makes women's success and their career accelerate significantly. So find the right one. The second would be to really do what you enjoy. A lot of us do things we enjoy and we obviously have fun doing it, as well as we're successful, we make money, we achieve other goals. So I think to be able to think about what will really motivate you and you're passionate about in the long run is really something that you should think about. The third thing is you can have everything in your career. You really can, but not at the same time. We think a lot about work/life balance and how do we achieve balance in various phases in our career in our lives and so those things can be achieved, but have patience with yourself and think about how you really can prioritize your life, your work to be able to achieve what's right for you.

Leisa: Thank you very much. There you have it. Extraordinary advice from an extraordinary woman. I'm Leisa Holland-Nelson, President and Chief Marketing Officer of Content Active, Houston's leading web and mobile technology company. You can find me at Content or follow me on Twitter @LHNelson. We'll be back again next week with another edition of Women Mean Business.

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