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When Ilene Gordon took a job as a consultant in 1976, the notion of a work/life balance didn't exist - or at least it wasn't acknowledged as an option in the corporate world. "If you were going into the business world, you'd do what the company wanted you to do," said Gordon, who delivered the talk "Thriving - Personally and Professionally - in a Global Environment" Feb. 22 at the Kellogg School. Along with being skilled at multitasking, Gordon says she stays true to a six-point set of beliefs that she established many years ago: Value your education; get operating experience; find a mentor; get international experience; don't be afraid to take risks; and take charge of your own career.

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