Barbara Hayes was president and CEO of the Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization for nearly 15 years. She is now president and CEO of Strategic Excellence, LLC, an economic development and management consulting firm that assists organizations and professionals achieve their highest potential.
I am an intrepid student of leadership. I read books on the subject, I seek out speakers who are experts in the field and I admire leaders when I see them in action — and try and take from their repertoire to add to my own. I have been lucky enough to have been surrounded and influenced by true leaders from a very young age and throughout my professional career.