Anne Devereux-Mills follows a nonlinear path of life, exploring and succeeding across multiple careers and interests. Anne discovered that she was a leader as a Wellesley College undergraduate student and parlayed that into a terrific career in advertising, rising to become CEO of several companies.
The triple threat of cancer, an empty nest, and job loss caused her to reexamine her career and life choices. She figured out where her passion met her prowess, founding Parlay House, a national salon-style gathering for women.
Today, Anne is a noted speaker, author, philanthropist, and chief instigator at Parlay House. The question is, what can she not do?
(02:11) Wellesley and finding her way
(04:16) Insurance, what i was supposed to do
(05:10) Advertising: the best of both worlds
(06:38) The short window of time to lifelong opportunities
(08:59) Life inflection point: progressive cancer, empty nest, job loss
(11:47) Moving cross-country in a nonlinear fashion
(13:56) Parlay House in San Francisco
(14:28) When the going gets tough, different perspectives rise up
(16:11) Twelve strangers and a common thread of poetry
(18:15) Losing power and transactional friendships
(19:19) The Parlay Effect
(24:17) The pandemic and lasting impacts of change
(27:14) Equaling the playing field through philanthropy
(32:30) The intersection of who you are and what you value
(35:05) The blind date and its foundation of philanthropy
(38:47) Rediscovering my 18 year old self
Visit www.parlayhouse.com to listen to the podcast Bring A Friend, read the book Parlay House: How Female Connection Can Change the World, or contact Anne herself. You can also get involved with SHE-CAN, an organization fostering women’s global leadership, or watch the Emmy-nominated film, The Return. Hear more stories of people who found new meaning and fulfillment in the third act of their life on Liz Tinkham’s Third Act podcast at thirdactpodcast.com.