Death of a woman CEO
In case you missed it, The Miami Herald ran an obituary on the death of Cinda Hallman. I always found her story a sad tale about Corporate America and work/life balance. Hallman gave work her all. She lived and breathed work and proved herself a strong leader. She accomplished what only a handful of women have been able to do -- become CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Hallman looked the part of a CEO and advocated for the advancement of women. Yet, she had little balance in her life -- no significant other, no children. She was hard at work leading Spherion to new heights and holding a board seat at Toys R Us when one day she fainted at work and had to be taken away in an ambulance.
It turned out, she had a brain tumor. (Although her exact illness was never publicly disclosed) Before long, Spherion replaced her with a qualified man. Corporate boards no longer had interest in Hallman because her thinking was affected by her illness. And so, on this past Christmas Eve, Hallman passed away at age 63. It must have been difficult for Hallman at the end of her life. Work friends are quick to move on. I had heard she tried to reenter her corporate circles but was never really accepted again. I had wanted to interview Hallman about her life, her success, her regrets but I never got around it. I'm left to wonder what she would say about her choices in life. I'm left thinking about her as I make my choices.