Tuesday, September 19 at 5:30 PM
I was once the guy who missed countless family Thanksgiving dinners and my own surprise birthday party because I prioritized work and career above all else. Unaware I was headed down a path that would only lead to a lifetime of regret, it took a moment of disruption and 4 words from my wife to alter the course of my future permanently. I have since devoted my life to creating a journey of personalized growth, which promotes a simple philosophy that, at its core, is the integration of (or marriage between) life and work.
Al Chiaradonna is a self-proclaimed “Minister of Integration”. While he is not an actual minister, he is a husband, a dad, a coach, a friend and a business executive who has spent the last two decades trying to make his way in the world by “marrying” life and work. To him, it’s not a balance of one over the other, but rather a limitless set of experiences that have afforded him a career designed to enable the life he is blessed to lead.
SPEAKER-When Al Chiaradonna looked in the mirror on his graduation day, all he thought was “I need to get to work”. By the age of 22, he had lost both of his parents and felt paralyzed by fear that he only had himself to rely on and it was time go to work.
Thirty years later, Al is on the executive management team for leading financial services firm, SEI Investments, and serves as an adjunct professor for Villanova University’s Executive MBA program. At Villanova, Al teaches leadership and executive coaching courses, including a course called Managing Yourself and Your Career. It’s a topic that he is passionate about it.
A lot of personal and professional experiences occurred between
these two time periods in Al’s life. Al
helped manage businesses ranging from start-ups to billion-dollar enterprises
and he has shaped strategies for numerous Fortune 500 companies. He has spoken
all over the globe on topics ranging from industry dynamics and global talent
management to leadership, business strategy and work-life integration. As an active member of his community, Al sits
on the school board of Gwynedd Mercy Academy Elementary School, as well as AIM
Academy and is co-founder of the non-profit organization, Project Gumball. Along the way he met and married the love of
his life and together they have three beautiful children.
Today, Al writes about managing the journey and growing as
leaders and individuals through everyday life experiences on a blog he authors
for SEI, called Front and Centered. You can follow him on twitter @SEIAlCh and watch a recent TEDx he gave
on work-life integration.
Since that day over thirty years ago, Al has followed a
journey of personal and professional growth. A journey he never sees ending.