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Digging Deep
Leadership Lessons
from Eleanor Roosevelt
Brenda Huettner
Big Design Conference
September 2015
@bphuettner 2
“There is no human
being from whom we
cannot learn something
if we are interested
enough to dig deep.”
@bphuettner 3
1884
1962
1945: Harry Truman appointed Eleanor Roosevelt
to the US delegation to the United Nations
@bphuettner 5
She was assigned to work on “Committee Three”
(humanitarian, educational, and cultural issues)
@bphuettner 6
Committee Three was charged with resolving the
“displaced persons” crisis – 1,000,000 refugees
Photo credit:...
@bphuettner 7
The USSR (headed by delegate Andrei Vishinsky)
wanted the refugees returned to the Soviet Union,
by force if...
@bphuettner 8
The United States disagreed.
@bphuettner 9
Have convictions.
Be friendly.
Work as hard as
they do.
@bphuettner 10
Have
convictions.
Be friendly.
Work as hard as
they do.
@bphuettner 11
“Do what you feel in
your heart to be right –
for you’ll be criticized
for it anyway.”
@bphuettner 12
Convictions
“I realize that
many people will
not agree with me,
but feeling as I do
this seems to
me to be the only
proper procedure
t...
@bphuettner 17
Have convictions.
Be friendly.
Work as hard as
they do.
copyright 2014 P-N Designs, Inc. Tucson AZ 18
“In all our contacts it is
probably the sense of
being really needed and
wan...
@bphuettner 20
@bphuettner 21
@bphuettner 22
@bphuettner 23
@bphuettner 24
@bphuettner 25
@bphuettner 26
Have convictions.
Be friendly.
Work as hard
as they do.
copyright 2014 P-N Designs, Inc. Tucson AZ 27
“As life developed, I
faced each problem as it
came along. As my
activities ...
Hard work
@bphuettner 29
1935 to 1962, six days a week
@bphuettner 30
Monthly column 1937 - 1962
@bphuettner 32
Ladies Home Journal, 1944
http://www.jenbutneverjenn.com/2011_04_01_archive.html
1949
@bphuettner 33
1937
1940
@bphuettner 34
1953
1958
1954
@bphuettner 35
1953 1960
@bphuettner 36
1963 1963
@bphuettner 37
@bphuettner 38
@bphuettner 39
The Eleanor Papers Project
http://www.gwu.edu/~erpapers/abouteleanor/erbooks.cfm
The FDR Presidential Libra...
Thank you!
Brenda Huettner
@bphuettner
Digging Deep:  Leadership Lessons from Eleanor Roosevelt
Digging Deep:  Leadership Lessons from Eleanor Roosevelt
Digging Deep:  Leadership Lessons from Eleanor Roosevelt
Digging Deep:  Leadership Lessons from Eleanor Roosevelt
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Digging Deep: Leadership Lessons from Eleanor Roosevelt

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Although she was the First Lady for 12 years, this was the least of her accomplishments. Eleanor Roosevelt was a humanitarian, an activist, a journalist, an author, and so much more.

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Digging Deep: Leadership Lessons from Eleanor Roosevelt

  1. 1. Digging Deep Leadership Lessons from Eleanor Roosevelt Brenda Huettner Big Design Conference September 2015
  2. 2. @bphuettner 2 “There is no human being from whom we cannot learn something if we are interested enough to dig deep.”
  3. 3. @bphuettner 3 1884 1962
  4. 4. 1945: Harry Truman appointed Eleanor Roosevelt to the US delegation to the United Nations
  5. 5. @bphuettner 5 She was assigned to work on “Committee Three” (humanitarian, educational, and cultural issues)
  6. 6. @bphuettner 6 Committee Three was charged with resolving the “displaced persons” crisis – 1,000,000 refugees Photo credit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/refugees_01.shtml
  7. 7. @bphuettner 7 The USSR (headed by delegate Andrei Vishinsky) wanted the refugees returned to the Soviet Union, by force if necessary.
  8. 8. @bphuettner 8 The United States disagreed.
  9. 9. @bphuettner 9 Have convictions. Be friendly. Work as hard as they do.
  10. 10. @bphuettner 10 Have convictions. Be friendly. Work as hard as they do.
  11. 11. @bphuettner 11 “Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized for it anyway.”
  12. 12. @bphuettner 12 Convictions
  13. 13. “I realize that many people will not agree with me, but feeling as I do this seems to me to be the only proper procedure to follow.”
  14. 14. @bphuettner 17 Have convictions. Be friendly. Work as hard as they do.
  15. 15. copyright 2014 P-N Designs, Inc. Tucson AZ 18 “In all our contacts it is probably the sense of being really needed and wanted which gives us the greatest satisfaction and creates the most lasting bond.”
  16. 16. @bphuettner 20
  17. 17. @bphuettner 21
  18. 18. @bphuettner 22
  19. 19. @bphuettner 23
  20. 20. @bphuettner 24
  21. 21. @bphuettner 25
  22. 22. @bphuettner 26 Have convictions. Be friendly. Work as hard as they do.
  23. 23. copyright 2014 P-N Designs, Inc. Tucson AZ 27 “As life developed, I faced each problem as it came along. As my activities and work broadened and reached out, I never tried to shirk. I tried never to evade an issue.”
  24. 24. Hard work
  25. 25. @bphuettner 29 1935 to 1962, six days a week
  26. 26. @bphuettner 30 Monthly column 1937 - 1962
  27. 27. @bphuettner 32 Ladies Home Journal, 1944 http://www.jenbutneverjenn.com/2011_04_01_archive.html
  28. 28. 1949 @bphuettner 33 1937 1940
  29. 29. @bphuettner 34 1953 1958 1954
  30. 30. @bphuettner 35 1953 1960
  31. 31. @bphuettner 36 1963 1963
  32. 32. @bphuettner 37
  33. 33. @bphuettner 38
  34. 34. @bphuettner 39 The Eleanor Papers Project http://www.gwu.edu/~erpapers/abouteleanor/erbooks.cfm The FDR Presidential Library and Museum http://fdrlibrary.marist.edu/
  35. 35. Thank you! Brenda Huettner @bphuettner

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