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Words of Wisdom from a Kick-Ass Woman, Andrea Crews


November 26, 2013

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3 minutes


Marketing and Business Development Director Andrea Crews contributed to CBD Marketing's digital flipbook, “Words of Wisdom from Kick-Ass Women.” Created to celebrate CBD’s 25th anniversary as a women-owned business, the book is a compilation of quotes and advice from inspirational women. Fashion designers, business leaders and philanthropists all weighed in when asked:

“If you were in an elevator for a moment with the scrappy 20-year-old version of yourself, what would you say to her?”

Andrea responded:

The thing about women who kick ass is they don't need to be told to be confident, take risks, aim high, or appreciate challenges. Even the younger, scrappy, versions of these women know they are special, full of both drive and ambition, resolve and determination. Built with grit, this is a woman who can spot opportunity a mile away. She knows how to both set and achieve goals. So, to my 20 year old impatient self, I offer up the following piece of advice; Use your pause button.

It's okay to wait to respond with words or by email. Almost always, a good night's sleep is the best next move. In most cases, 22 year olds should not get married. Vacations and adventure are necessary. And because it's almost certain you'll get it, know that taking time, a deep breath and a step back is how to determine what you really want out of this blink called life.

An excerpt was featured in the ebook alongside responses from 30 other notable female leaders.


Mary Ann Ahern
Political Reporter
NBC 5 News, Chicago
 Deb Giampoli
Director, Global Strategic
Agency Relations
 Wendi Miles-Boykin
V.P., Marketing
Western Union

Melissa Bean
President & CEO
The Executives Club of Chicago
and former U.S. Representative,
 Susan Abbott Gidel
SusanGSays, LLC
 Stacy Ratner
Founder & CEO
Open Books

LoriLee Sadler Bielski
Gamma Partners
 Joan Gunzberg
Former Executive Director
Arts & Business Council of
 Aileen Robinson
Coordinator, Program Development
Chicago Police Department

Lee Botts
Alliance for the Great Lakes
 Eugenie Johnson
 Nancy Ronquillo
President & CEO
Children's Home + Aid

Sarah Miller Caldicott
President & CEO
The Power Patterns of Innovation
 Lisa Klotnia
Chicago Canine Rescue
 Paula Scheller
Director, Marketing
Firestone Building Products

Delmarie Cobb
The Publicity Works
 Susan Kryl
Kryl & Company
 Dana Schueller
Senior Marketing Leader

Sophia Reyes David
Fashion Designer
Sophia Reyes, LLC
 Sherren Leigh
President & Publisher
Today's Chicago Woman
 Pattie Cagney Sheehan
Second Act

Larisa Drake
Sr. Vice President, Marketing
Equity Lifestyle Properties, Inc.

Barbara Levine
Founder & CEO
Project B
 Amy Shivvers
Director of Events
Crain's Chicago Business

Jessica George
Founder & Executive Director
Aparecio Foundation &
Hasana, Inc.

Rebecca MacKay
V.P., Strategy, Insights &
Dairy Management, Inc.
 Joan Steltmann
Executive Director
Starlight Foundation

Dawn Geras
Founder & President
Save Abandoned Babies

Kate Maddox
Executive Editor
BtoB MagazineRobin Winer
Director of Innovation
Reynolds Consumer Products


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