Mike Farrell, with aspenIbiz, attended the recent Deloitte Partners Meeting in San Francisco, CA. He provides an overview of the education, leadership, inspiration, and networking at the meeting.
Mike Farrell with aspenIbiz Marketing Group attended the recent Deloitte Retired Partner Meeting that was held Oct 9th “ 12th 2012 at the Marriott Marquis and Moscone Center in San Francisco, California.
Farrell is a Retired Partner of Deloitte, one of the world's premier Accounting and Consulting Firms. He served 21 years with the Firm working his way up from Junior Consultant to Partner. He lead various working groups during the merger of Deloitte Haskins and Sells and Touche Ross and served many clients both domestically and internationally. During his many engagements with global clients, he lived overseas at client locations including Saudi Arabia, Australia, Africa, and several sites in Europe.
He joined a community of over 500 Retired Partners of Deloitte where he reconnected with former colleagues and owners of the Firm, met with upcoming thought leaders and captains of industry, and gleaned insight from CEOs of some of Deloitte's largest clients.
Having attended over 10 Deloitte Partners Meetings, Farrell says this event provided an outstanding opportunity to receive an update from the Firm's leaders, learn from luminaries at benchmark institutions, and listen to high-ranking government leaders, key influencers, and national headliners that are in the news.
Punit Renjen, Chairman of the Board of Deloitte LLP, served as Master of Ceremonies for the meeting and he announced the theme of the Deloitte Partners Meeting was œLeading on All Fronts with the objective to sustain and extend the leadership capabilities in each of us. Farrell added that œIt is best to network with and learn from those that are having success and can share what it takes to generate six figure incomes, as your net worth will be closely associated with the value of your network.
Renjen highlighted the recent growth of the Firm indicating that there were 5,300 active partners in attendance; Farrell indicated that when he retired from the Firm there were about 2,000 active partners.
Renjen said that Farrell was one of 600 Retired Partners in attendance out of a total of 1,800 Retired Partners.
Farrell said that when he joined the Firm in 1979, it was estimated that Deloitte had 300 consultants; Renjen indicated that today there are over 30,000 consultants in the Firm.
Renjen said that in this past year, even with the economic turmoil, Deloitte interviewed 425,000 people in order to hire 18,000 individuals to be a part of the professional services staff.
Keynote Speakers included the following luminaries. James Gorman, CEO of Morgan Stanley discussed œThriving in a Regulated Environment. Howard Shultz, CEO of Starbucks, indicated we have had a fracturing of leadership in this country and he described how he was able to get 200 CEOs to sign a pledge to not contribute to incumbent political campaigns until the partisan gridlock in Washington DC stops. Condi Rice, currently a professor at Stanford and former head of National Security Agency and Secretary of State during the Bush administrations indicated that she uses history as a guidepost and described the situation and resulting turmoil when William Seward bought Alaska from the czar of Russia. The closing speaker was Fareed Zakaria, author of several books, contributor to Time magazine, and moderator of GPS (the Global Public Square) every Sunday morning on CNN. His message was œThe Case for Optimism indicating that we are in a crisis but the USA system is resilient; energy independence is near; a manufacturing renaissance is underway; housing is reviving; and the politicians in DC will figure it out once they will understand that 1+1=2 and the math will get the issues resolved ¦ he said to run fast but not run scared.
In addition, Deloitte Digital was announced as the rebranding of a recent acquisition with a mission to be part business, part creative, part technology, and 100% digital. A status update about Deloitte University was provided. The update indicated that Deloitte University was established and broke ground two years ago on a piece of property northwest of the DFW area. In those two years, over 25,000 students from over 60 countries have attended a student day at Deloitte University. In addition, over 25 clients have asked for the ability to send various members of their senior staff to attend courses at Deloitte University.
The Partners Meeting concluded with inspiring testimonials from some of the crown jewel clients of the Firm including but not limited to Nike, Bristol Myers Squibb, United Technology Corp, Cigna, Walmart, Caterpillar, Morgan Stanley, Vanguard, and Starbucks.
In addition to the knowledge transfer, Farrell says a Deloitte Partners Meeting is an event where life long business and personal relationships are formed and renewed. He points out that some of the best-kept secrets of the business world are shared and passed on to fellow Partners of the Firm.
Farrell, a former Rocket Engineer with General Dynamics and Management Consultant Partner at Deloitte ¦ is on a mission to empower individual entrepreneurs and small business owners to understand and leverage the power of the Internet to make money online, earn a second income, and generate multiple streams of income.
He favors a recent quote from Warren Buffet. The Oracle of Omaha suggests that if you don't focus on being an online entrepreneur, being self-employed, or being a small business owner, it will be a very tough road in the months and years ahead; actually it will be an uphill battle.
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When not traveling for Business or Pleasure, Farrell serves the clients of aspenIbiz Marketing Group, an Internet Marketing Company and Consulting Firm from the Mountains of Colorado. He also is co-founder of Vim Innovate, a Boulder-based advisory firm serving technology focused startups and early stage companies.