Chapter 8. The Third P: Priorities

What Is Most Important to You, Where You Are in Life?

A Slightly Different Perspective

Ms. Clarena Tolson currently serves as streets commissioner of the City of Philadelphia, a major public works agency consisting of five divisions: sanitation, highway, traffic engineering, street lighting, and administration. In this position, she oversees more than 2,100 employees with an annual operating budget of $147 million. I had the fortune to see her in a Women in Leadership panel discussion at Wharton, where she had studied.

A major topic was predictably work/life balance. (I promise I kept my mouth shut when the topic was presented in this fashion.) Another Wharton graduate who had recently retired with a small fortune ...

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