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October 20, 2013

Red Robin CEO speaks at inaugural luncheon

NORMAN — The Assistance League of Norman was the place to be Thursday afternoon as several women in the community gathered for the inaugural Women’s Leadership Luncheon.

The luncheon, hosted by the Norman Chamber of Commerce Women’s Leadership Group, featured Pattye Moore, chairman of the board of Red Robin Burgers, as its guest speaker.

“As I think back on my career, I’ve been so blessed and so fortunate. I’ve had some great mentors and some great advisors. I’ve worked for some incredible bosses, I’ve worked for some not so incredible bosses,” Moore, a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, said.

Moore’s resume includes a stint as a business strategy consultant, a speaker and the author of “Confessions from the Corner Office,” a book on leadership instincts. She also serves on the board of directors for QuikTrip Corporation and Giant Impact.

Through her lifetime, Moore said that she has reflected back on the two lessons she learned from her mother.

“There were two things that she used to hammer home to me. One was no matter what job you are being asked to do, give it 110 percent. If I’m asking you to dust the furniture or if you are sweeping the floors, if you are in a job you absolutely hate and you think you are ill suited for, it doesn’t matter. Her advice was focus on doing the best you can and don’t worry about what the next job is, just do the best job you can and the rest will take care of itself,” Moore said.

The second piece of advice Moore learned from her mother was to be happy, no matter what your circumstances.

“We didn’t have a lot of money growing up and she used to say happiness comes from within. It doesn’t come from what house you live in, what clothes you wear, what car you drive. Those were incredible wise words we often forget,” Moore said.

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