Six Degrees of Lois Weisberg

“Lois is a type – a particularly rare and extraordinary type, but a type nonetheless. She’s the type of person who seems to know everybody, and this type can be found in every walk of life.”

Lois Weisberg (1925 – 2016), first Commissioner of Cultural Affairs of Chicago, from 1989 until January 2011, was profiled by writer Malcolm Gladwell in a 1999 New Yorker essay, “Six Degrees of Lois Weisberg” where he highlights the “social power” that she possessed. Gladwell called Weisberg a “connector” for her ability to connect different people.

Read this profile of one of Chicago’s most influential people who made networking famous before social media platforms made it a household name. Gladwell’s article emphasises on the power of networking and how you can meet 52 new people every year with conscious effort - https://www.cs.princeton.edu/~chazelle/courses/BIB/gladwell.pdf

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