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Liz Levin Leadership Salon Series— When Nice Ladies Finish First

January 22, 2009

Dear Clients, Colleagues, and Friends,

It is my pleasure to announce with joy Liz’s 2009 Leadership Salon Series—When Nice Ladies Finish First. This series is inspired by the women leaders I know who are truly nice to their core. They create a leadership style in their organizations that is built on their caring for and understanding of people. These women finish first not despite their niceness but because of their niceness. In this year of tough economic times and difficult choices, this series is designed to showcase leaders who can lift us up, make us smile, and encourage us to be kinder to each other every day. The speakers are:

Thursday, February 26, 2009, 5 pm

See Elisa’s remarks

Thursday, April 2, 2009, 5 pm

Thursday, April 2, 2009, 5 pm

Please join us for this fascinating series. Share drinks and wonderful company with nice ladies and nice guys in my salon at 342 Bunker Hill St. in Boston’s Charlestown. Space is limited; RSVP now for the first program of this series by e-mailing The series is free of charge and serves as a thank you for your special support of my business.

This series is in honor of my mother, Violet Raum, who is 96. Widowed at 41 with three young children, she dedicated her life as a mother and a lawyer to raising children who were ethical and nice.

Warm Regards,

Liz Levin, President

Like salon discussions of bygone eras, Liz’s Leadership Salons are intimate, educational, and fun, with great people and great discussion. You’ll hear powerful stories from leaders who exemplify a variety of today’s most important leadership strengths.

Topic and Speaker Information

Elisa Speranza

Thursday, February 26, 2009

speaker statement

I have a sign in my office that reads: “Be Nice or Leave.” Throughout my career, I’ve often heard from supervisors, “you’re too nice.” Fortunately, I decided to ignore their advice to adopt a tougher, less caring attitude. I think this is a trap for women leaders in particular, and luckily I have found a company that embraces values such as compassion, teamwork, and respect.

If I had to sum up my leadership style in one word, it would be “positive.” I have found that leadership attributes such as honesty, integrity, humility, communication, empathy, and demonstrating values (walking the talk) are highly prized and effective.

elisa speranza

A recognized leader in the North American water profession, Ms. Speranza is President of CH2M HILL’s Operations & Maintenance Business Group (OMI). She directs operations, administration, and client relations for the 1700+ person division, and is responsible for establishing and achieving the company’s vision, market strategy, and performance objectives.

From 1992 to 1996, she was Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority and previously was a Project Manager for the Boston Water and Sewer Commission.

Ms. Speranza is the Vice President of the global nonprofit Water For People. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Boston College and a masters in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. A lifelong Bostonian and rabid Red Sox fan, she now lives in New Orleans and Denver.


Employee-owned CH2M HILL is a global leader in engineering, procurement, construction, management, and operations for government, civil, industrial, and energy clients. The company has revenues of $5.8 billion and over 25,000 employees.

The company’s services in the OMI Business Group include water and wastewater system optimization; contract O&M of water, wastewater, and other utilities; and complete municipal operations, including administration, public works, and community development — all backed by a commitment to safety, quality, innovation, and customer service.