Sweet Serendipity or Shrewd Strategy?

Alicia Abella, Ph.D., Executive Director, Innovative Services Research, AT&T Labs
October 3, 11:00 am - 11:30 am

As the adage suggests, luck is when preparation meets opportunity. And, once we put ourselves in a position to take advantage of opportunities, new ones often present themselves. If you've ever thought "He is so lucky," or "She was just at the right place at the right time" and you're waiting for Lady Luck to swoop in with a gracious reward, then perhaps it is time to change your approach. In this presentation, Alicia Abella will review several techniques that have helped her, and can help you, to recognize and take advantage of opportunities that can transform strategy into what the external world may view as serendipity. Alicia will share examples from her own career, like when a chance conversation led to a meeting with a corporate board of directors and an impromptu panel moderator role led to a Presidential Advisory appointment.