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Charles Ellis and his new book: What It Takes

Mr. Ellis was a former chairman of Yale's Endowment Committee

We would like to invite our members and guests to attend a special event honoring Charles Ellis, former chairman of Yale's Endowment Committee. He will be speaking about his new book What It Takes: Seven Secrets of Success from the World's Greatest Professional Firms (see description below). Mr. Ellis will also share his thoughts on leadership and investing in general throughout his career.
The lunch will be held at the Coronado Club this Thursday, May 30. The attendance fee is $58 per person, which includes lunch and a copy of Mr. Ellis' book. Please RSVP as soon as possible - and before Wednesday, May 29 at 2pm - by clicking the link at the bottom of this page. (Please note this event is being hosted by the Coronado Club, so we may have to limit RSVPs and no walk-ins will be permitted.)
Event date: Thursday May 30, 2013
Start time: 11:30am
Location: Coronado Club, 919 Milam St, Suite 500, Houston, TX 77002 
Dress code: Business attire. Jackets required for men.
What It Takes identifies the seven secrets of success that have enabled a few great professional firms to rise to and sustain leadership in five major professions.  These same secrets are also central to the success of the leadership teams at such diverse organizations as IBM, GE, GorTex, Caterpillar, Four Seasons Hotels, Singapore Airlines, Yale University, the Navy Seals, and Vanguard.
What It Takes – replete with insightful stories and adventures – is based on in-depth interviews with over 300 leaders at McKinsey, Cravath, Mayo Clinic, Capital, and Goldman Sachs and on nearly 50 years of “behind-the-scenes” observation and experience as a strategy consultant with leading firms around the world.
Leading organizations all have mastered the same seven imperatives for excellence:  defining an inspiring mission or purpose; extensive, rigorous recruiting; intensive and continuous training; a compelling culture that translates concepts into daily practice; persistently innovating to serve clients; and leadership that brings all of these together and has the ability to identify and correct inevitable troubles early.  All of the “secrets” are simple, but none of them is easy – and all depend on persistent determination to excel.
Charles D. Ellis serves as a consultant on investing to large institutional investors, government organizations, and wealthy families. He founded Greenwich Research, the international business consulting firm. He chaired Yale’s Endowment Committee for many years, has written numerous books including the best-selling Winning the Loser’s Game and served on numerous boards including Vanguard, Yale, Harvard Business School and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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