For Immediate Release
Technology and Management Solutions
Media Contact: Theresa M. Szczurek

Bestselling Author and Chicago Native Theresa M. Szczurek, Ph.D.
June 18-20, 2005

New Book Reveals Strategies for Combining Zest for Life
with Purpose and Passion in Work

Chicago, IL [June 8, 2005] — "It is the pursuit of passionate purpose, not only its attainment, that brings satisfaction and meaning to life," reports author and entrepreneur Theresa M. Szczurek, Ph.D. based on a multi-year, original research study she conducted on this topic. Especially in these challenging times when the 2004 U.S. Job Recovery and Retention Survey by the Society of Human Resource Management and confirms that about 75 percent of all employees are dissatisfied and are looking for new employment opportunities, many people seek to ignite their spirit, find meaningful purpose, and keep the fire burning while intensely pursuing results. But how? Szczurek, a popular speaker and catalyst for extraordinary results, delivers a practical answer in the "Pursuit of Passionate Purpose: Success Strategies for a Rewarding Personal and Business Life" programs in the Chicago area. The public is invited.

Saturday June 18, 2005
Mini-seminar and book signing at Borders Bookstore from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM CDT at 1500 16th Street, Suite D in Oakbrook, IL. No charge. Contact 630-574-0800 for information.

Monday June 20, 2005
"Service Above Self as Pursuit of Passionate Purpose" panel discussion from 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM CDT at the 2005 International Rotary Convention in Chicago. With Norris Hermsmeyer, incoming Rotary District Governor, Ted Manning, District Trainer, Sam Pottinger, Boulder Rotary President, and Rotarian Theresa Szczurek. Room N427 in McCormick Place. Visit for information on the Rotary International convention.

The answer. In her new book, PURSUIT OF PASSIONATE PURPOSE: Success Strategies for a Rewarding Personal and Business Life (Wiley; $24.95 hardcover/$35.99 Canada; January 2005), Szczurek moves beyond resumes and cover letters to share the personal stories of successful individuals — including world marathon champion Mark Plaatjes, co-inventor of the baby carrier Margaret Hansson, teacher Kevin Streicher of Chicago, and many others — and reveal the practices that have allowed these individuals to achieve their life goals. Drawing on decades of experience in senior management positions at top flight companies as well as her own five-year research study following 80 individuals from all walks of life, Szczurek has pulled together a proven action plan to achieve the real rewards of a fulfilling career — meaning, balance, peak performance and financial results. The popular book has soared to many bestseller lists including Amazon, 800-CEO-READ, and others.

Like many of the subjects featured in PURSUIT OF PASSIONATE PURPOSE, Szczurek embarked on a defined path of self-discovery, which included a formalized process and strategies to promote personal growth and opportunities for reflection as well as defined efforts to reach out and partner with people who could help move her venture forward. Her disciplined approach paid off: Szczurek co-founded, grew, and sold Radish Communications Systems — a company that increased the efficiency of telephone computer transactions — for over $40 million in just six years.

Who should attend? Anyone seeking more clarity of purpose and passion in professional and personal life should attend including: Individual contributors, managers, lay-off survivors, and those in transition. Attendees gain insights into how to follow the step-by-step approach and live the life you want. The outcome can be more creativity, positive results, and satisfaction.

About the Author and Presenter. Dr. Theresa M. Szczurek's firm Technology and Management Solutions is a catalyst for extraordinary results, specializing in worldwide marketing, strategic planning, organization development and business development. Her clients include Storage Technology Corporation, University of Colorado, Saltwater Institute, Polish Chamber of Commerce, V-SPAN and many others. An award-winning speaker and management consultant who graduated from St. Mary of Czestochowa grade school and Morton East high school in Cicero, IL, Szczurek has a B.S. from Western Illinois University, an M.S. in Operations Research from Stanford University, and an M.B.A. and Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Colorado.

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