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GSU MBA Leadership Speaker Series

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I was invited to present my career overview to a group of MBA candidates at Georgia State's Robinson School of Business. This documents my journey from Corporate America to owning my own business, with side trips as a midlife Peace Corps Volunteer and part of a successful dot-com start-up, WebMD.

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GSU MBA Leadership Speaker Series

  1. 1. Leadership Speaker Series! Confessions of a Presented%by%The%Graduate%Business%Associa,on% Corporate Refugee Nancy Chorpenning Managing Director, C-Suite Advisors “My Journey from Corporate America to Owning My Own Business” by Nancy Chorpenning, C-Suite Advisors Date% Thursday,*October*25 *2012* Time% 7:30PM*–*8:30PM* th Loca,on% Aderhold*Learning*Center,*Room*223* The%GBA%welcomes%Nancy%Chorpenning,%Managing%Director%for% Atlanta>based%business%advisory%firm,%C>Suite%Advisors.%%She% Leadership Speaker Series has%20+%years%of%experience%providing%Fortune%500%companies% with%strategic,%opera,onal%and%marke,ng%solu,ons.%% Presented by The Graduate Business Association Specifically,%Nancy%was%an%integral%part%of%the%management% team%that%developed,%launched%and%managed%%the%WebMD% plaNorm.%%She%has%also%worked%with%Time%Warner%and%Times% Mirror.% Nancy%is%a%graduate%of%Northwestern%University’s%Kellogg%Thursday, October 25, 12 Graduate%School%of%Management%and%the%GBA%looks%forward%to%
  2. 2. Confessions of a Corporate Refugee Timeline Lessons DreamsThursday, October 25, 12
  3. 3. “Managed Up”Thursday, October 25, 12
  4. 4. Publishing Publishing Market Contraction Medical Pub 1975 - 80 US companies Medical Pub 2012 - 1 US company (McGraw Hill) Times Mirror (LA Times & Chandler family) bought YBMP in 1965; merged with Mosby in 1989; Mosby-YearBook acquired by Harcourt General in 1998; in 2000 Reed Elsevier Times Mirror (2000 Tribune takeover by Sam Zell - pensions in danger) Little, Brown (founded in 1837) acquired by Time, Inc. 1968; Professional Publishing acquired in 1996 by Wolters-KluwerThursday, October 25, 12
  5. 5. Publishing Mentors Lessons B School Information ProductsThursday, October 25, 12
  6. 6. Stop the World... “I’m too OLD to be a Peace Corps Volunteer!”Thursday, October 25, 12
  7. 7. Thursday, October 25, 12
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  9. 9. Papua New GuineaThursday, October 25, 12
  10. 10. 2008 Presidential Inaugural Parade Washington, DCThursday, October 25, 12
  11. 11. DotCom Era 1997-2000 Dot-Com Boom, Dot-Com Bubble, Internet Bubble Overlooked traditional metrics (e.g., P/E ratio) in favor of confidence in technology Healthscape → Healtheon (1996) Healtheon-WebMD (Jim Clark meets Jeff Arnold) IPO 1999- $7B Merger - $120/ share - $20B market capThursday, October 25, 12
  12. 12. Alliances & Departures WebMD Physician Website Bringing offline online Parting of the WaysThursday, October 25, 12
  13. 13. Sabbatical #2 “It feels like I’ve been in an abusive relationship.” Friends and Colleagues Start-Over Start-Up The Meaning of PartnershipThursday, October 25, 12
  14. 14. Discovering Small Business Corporate Kool-Aid Actual statistics Passionate People Women-Owned BusinessesThursday, October 25, 12
  15. 15. LIVING!Thursday, October 25, 12

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