Success habits are specific things leaders have learned to apply over and over again in their leadership – because they really work. As the Good Leadership Breakfast continues to evolve, we are keenly focused on helping our speakers identify their success habits, so they can share them with you!

Terry Rasmussen is yet another successful executive who grew up on a farm. And she’s yet another example of how there is no straight line from childhood to becoming a CEO. When I asked her the question “growing up, did you always want to be a CEO?” she quickly answered: “Absolutely not”.

Today, as the CEO of company #369 on the Fortune 500 list, Terry and her executive team are thoughtfully positioning Thrivent within a sea of prosperous, profitable financial services companies. The idea of “living generously” is a space they happily pursue while others pursue wealth accumulation and protection.

“Humanity thrives when we make the most of the gifts we’ve been given,” Terry explains with beautiful simplicity. “We find great purpose in helping people live a life full of meaning and gratitude – and that’s not a direct correlation with how much money you have.”


What can we learn from Terry? Tune into the virtual broadcast to hear three success habits gleaned from interviewing people on Terry’s executive team:

  1. One Big Goal
  2. “Time without Terry”
  3. Intensely Personal Check-ins

On a personal note, I first met Terry Rasmussen while I was the Chair of the Board at Lutheran Social Service many years ago. I knew back then she was destined for something really special in her career. Shazam!  She has become one of only 41 female CEOs on the Fortune 500 list.

I’m so excited to share the stage with Terry Rasmussen. Join the virtual Breakfast.