Design Your Life

Former IKEA Executive Shares Her Tools for Personal Success

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Design Your Life

Former IKEA Executive Shares Her Tools for Personal Success

Pernille Spiers-Lopez

Pernille Spiers-Lopez, former President and CEO for IKEA North America, global Chief HR Officer took real action to create the change she wanted to see. In Design Your Life, she challenges all of us to redefine true success and take full ownership of our own lives.

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Book Description

Thanks to an amazing life and a career at the top of the corporate ladder, and beyond, Pernille has gained the experiences and insights needed to be the business leader, coach, and mentor she is today.

But Design Your Life is not a “seven steps to success” or “how to make it rich” book. It’s not about adjusting yourself to be someone perfect or saint-like. It’s not about following a role model or guru.

It’s a challenge—to take leadership in all aspects of life, to own the change you want to be in the world while navigating the everyday infrastructure of the modern-day life. It’s about getting the proper insight that can help you achieve your dreams, know yourself and what you want, and get in touch with your personal values.

Say goodbye to the illusion of being perfect, welcome the ability to wash away regret and replace it with courage to stand for who you are—in good times and bad. Give yourself the tools you need to guide yourself into a better space so that you can bring your power and wisdom to others.      

For every book purchased, $1 will be donated to Save the Children.



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Meet the Author

Pernille Spiers-Lopez

Pernille Spiers-Lopez is an international business leader with over twenty years executive experience with a unique focus on developing both business and personal growth. Among several top executive positions, Pernille has held the position as President and CEO for IKEA North America, global Chief HR Officer, and was a member of the executive management team of the IKEA Group for ten years. Pernille left IKEA in 2011 after commuting between Chicago and Europe for more than two years. Without a plan B, She then took a year off to learn to “do nothing” and take the time to figure out what was next. Today, Pernille is a corporate and non-profit director in both the United States and Europe, including Save the Children, Meijer Corporation, and Coop DK, as well as a coach and mentor of executives and entrepreneurs of all ages.   

Press Reviews

“"This book will be extremely useful to anyone aspiring to lead, but it is especially helpful for women would-be leaders. Providing useful tools along the way, Pernille shows us the path—along with its pitfalls—that brought her to the top of a major international corporation. In telling her fascinating personal story with honesty rarely revealed in books by successful people (most of them men!), she makes it seem possible for other women to follow in her footsteps.”

Cokie Roberts
political commentator for NPR and ABC News and author

“We can all relate to the challenges of work, family, and a myriad of life's complexities that can overwhelm us. This story empowers us to take control and design the life we want to lead...an uplifting experience.”

Anne M. Mulcahy
former chair and CEO of Xerox Corp, chair of Save the Children US

“Paying attention to what really matters in our lives clearly takes work. Pernille is the consummate guide.”

Lois Zachary
president of Leadership Development Services
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