2006 Conference Theme: Seeking the Edge
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Fernando Aguirre
Fernando Aguirre

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chiquita Brands International

Fernando Aguirre is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chiquita Brands International, Inc., where he assumed the leadership role in January, 2004.

Prior to Chiquita, Aguirre worked for more than 23 years in brand management, general management and turnarounds at Procter and Gamble. (P&G).  Aguirre began his P&G career in 1980 in marketing in Mexico, moved to Cincinnati in 1986, then moved to Canada in 1988, and in 1991 became General Manager of laundry, household and cleaning products back in Mexico. 

In 1992, Aguirre became President & GM of P&G Brazil, where he led an unprofitable business and turned it into the second-largest and second-most-profitable Latin America P&G subsidiary.  He became President of P&G Mexico in 1996, where his team increased profit nearly tenfold. 

In 1999, Aguirre became Vice President of P&G’s global and U.S. snacks and food products. In July 2000, Aguirre was promoted to President of global feminine care. In July 2002, Aguirre was named President, special projects, reporting to P&G’s Chairman and CEO, working on strategy.

He joined Young Presidents Organization in 1991 and served as president of the Mexico City chapter in 1997-1998. He is currently a member of YPO’s Cincinnati chapter and of YPO’s International Chapter.  He serves on the board of directors for Chiquita Brands International, Coca-Cola Enterprises and is also a member of the International Board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  In 2001, Aguirre helped form a corporate advisory board for the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, where he served as its first chairman for three years. He is also a member of the Cincinnati Business Committee (CBC).

A native of Mexico, Aguirre obtained a full baseball scholarship at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, where he competed four years.  He earned his bachelor of science degree in business administration with a specialty in marketing in 1980.  Aguirre is married and has two sons, ages 18 and 14. He holds a tae kwan do brown belt and plays recreational golf.

Jennifer Azzi
Jennifer Azzi

Chief Executive Officer, Azzi Training

Jennifer Azzi is one of greatest women to ever play basketball.  At Stanford University,  Azzi won a National Championship and was named the NCAA’s Most Valuable Player. She was awarded both the Wade and Naismith trophies, honoring her as the best athlete in the nation.  After graduating from Stanford, Jennifer continued to triumph as an Olympic Gold Medalist.  

Off the court Jennifer is CEO of her award-winning wellness and fitness company, Azzi Training, where the focus is on participants committing to real change from the inside out.  

Jennifer is a respected author, keynote lecturer, and motivational speaker.

Steven M. Blondy
Steven M. Blondy

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, R.H. Donnelley

Steve Blondy is EVP and CFO of R.H. Donnelley (RHD), one of the nation’s leading Yellow Pages and local online commercial search companies.

Since joining RHD in 2002, Blondy has helped lead the company’s transformation into a leading integrated media company, including negotiating and financing the multi-billion dollar directory acquisitions of Dex Media, Sprint Publishing and SBC Illinois.  He has also introduced a comprehensive shareholder value framework and decision-making process; created a professional investor relations function; rebuilt the entire finance and accounting team at new NC headquarters; and modernized the company’s financial systems.

Prior to joining RHD, Blondy was SVP - Corporate Development at Young & Rubicam, Inc., where he spearheaded the strategic development program and generated numerous acquisitions and venture investments.  He also helped negotiate the company’s $4.5 billion sale to the WPP Group.  Before Y&R, Blondy was CFO for Poppe Tyson, a leading Internet and integrated marketing communications agency; and CFO for Grundy Worldwide, an independent producer of television programs in Europe and Australia. 

His early career included more than 12 years as an investment banker for Merrill Lynch and Chase Manhattan where he was responsible for dozens of M&A and financing transactions on three continents.

Blondy received a B.A. and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Jack O. Bovender Jr.
Jack O. Bovender Jr.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, HCA, Inc.

Jack O. Bovender, Jr. is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nashville, Tenn.-based Hospital Corporation of America, the nation’s leading provider of healthcare services. HCA has 180 hospitals and over 80 ambulatory surgery centers in the United States, Great Britain, and Switzerland.  The company has over $24 billion in revenue and is a Fortune 100 company.

Bovender is a 35-year veteran of the healthcare industry and has worked at HCA for more than 25 years.  After spending eight years as a hospital CEO, Bovender held several senior-level positions with HCA, including Division Vice President in HCA’s Atlanta Division, President of HCA’s Eastern Group Operations, and President and Chief Operating Officer.  He was appointed to HCA’s Board of Directors in 1999 and was named President and CEO in 2001. He became Chairman and CEO of HCA in January 2002.

Bovender currently serves on the Board of Visitors of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.  He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Duke University in 1967 and his master’s degree in hospital administration from Duke University in 1969. Bovender and his wife, Barbara, live in Nashville.

T.J. Chung
T.J. Chung

President, Brunswick New Technologies Corporation

T.J. Chung is currently corporate vice president of Brunswick Corporation and president of BNT (Brunswick New Technologies Division).  BNT is comprised of several operating units including Navman, MotoTron, IDS, WDI and Northstar Technologies.   Chung also serves on Brunswick’s operating committee.

Chung was first elected executive officer and vice president, strategic planning for Brunswick Corporation in July 2000.  Brunswick Corporation is a Fortune 500 company known for leading recreational product brands such as Sea Ray, Bayliner, Boston Whaler, Mercury Marine and Life Fitness.

Prior to joining the corporate headquarter, Chung was senior vice president of strategy and IT for Mercury Marine, a $1.6 billion division of Brunswick.  He was responsible for the strategic planning, information technology, and e-business.

Prior to Brunswick, Chung served as the director of international sales/marketing for the industrial motors division of Emerson Electric.  Prior to Emerson Electric, Chung was a software systems engineer for Alcatel.

Chung was named to Chicago Crain’s “40 under 40” in 2002.  Chung serves as a board member of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois and on the board of visitors, The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.  Chung is also a member of the Chicago Club and the Chicago Executive Club. 

Chung holds a MBA from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.  Chung also received a Masters of Science in Computer Science from North Carolina State University and a Bachelor of Science with honors in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Chung currently resides in Lake Forest, Illinois, with his family.

Billy Dexter
Billy Dexter

Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, MTV Networks

Billy Dexter is executive vice president and chief diversity officer of MTV Networks. MTVN, a unit of Viacom International, is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms with 111 channels, 94 websites reaching 167 countries and territories worldwide. Dexter works with the executive team to develop strategy and global initiatives to foster the highest levels of diversity throughout every aspect of the business.

Dexter works with MTV Networks current Diversity Council and teams to create more formal structures and processes for implementing key recommendations. Dexter forges new partnerships with relevant outside organizations and represents the company’s diversity efforts externally. Previously, Dexter was president of Hudson’s Inclusion Solutions, a global diversity consulting firm based in Chicago.

His favorite inspirational quote is: “If it is to be … It’s up to me.”

Thomas J. Evans
Thomas J. Evans

Chief Learning Officer, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Thomas J. Evans is the Chief Learning Officer of PricewaterhouseCoopers, which provides industry-focused assurance, tax and advisory services for public and private clients.  PwC is a global organization with offices in 769 cities in 144 countries with a combined headcount of more than 122,000.     

In his role, Tom is responsible for all of the Firm’s technical expertise, professional development, management and leadership development, industry and functional skills, diversity, ethics as well as technology required learning for the Firm’s U.S. partners and employees.

Tom oversees a national team of 210 L&E professionals and an annual budget that exceeds $150 million. 

In PwC, L&E is viewed as an integral driver in executing business strategy and Management and L&E work side-by-side to execute on Firm goals.  In Tom’s position he is a member of the Firm’s national human capital leadership team and reports to the Firm’s US Management Committee. 

Tom joined the Firm in 1977 and is a Certified Public Accountant.  He became the COO for the Firm’s Middle Market Sector and the Global L&E Leader for the Financial Advisory Services Group, and has had continually progressive career positions with the Firm.  He was admitted to the Firm’s partnership in 1998 and in 2003 he was appointed to his current position as Chief Learning Officer.  In addition to his US responsibilities, Tom also serves as the global governance chair for the Learning Technology Group and is a member of the Firm’s knowledge management steering committee.

Jeffrey H. Fox
Jeffrey H. Fox

Group President of Shared Services, Alltel

Jeff Fox is responsible for the Network Planning and Operations, Information Technology, Human Resources, Security, Procurement, and Strategic Applications  functions of Alltel Corporation. Alltel is the nation’s 5th largest wireless service provider with more than  $8 billion annual revenue and  11 million wireless customers across the country. Fox joined Alltel in 1996 with responsibility for the company's information services subsidiary, Alltel Information Services. He served as President of that operation from 1996 through it’s divestiture in 2003, when he assumed responsibility for the Shared Services functions of Alltel.

 Prior to joining Alltel, Fox worked in investment banking for 12 years, including 10 years at Stephens Inc. in Little Rock. At Stephens, Fox primarily worked on merger, acquisition and private investment transactions across multiple industries. Prior to joining Stephens, Fox was  an analyst with Merrill Lynch in New York and worked on merger, acquisition and leveraged buyout transactions.

 As an Alltel executive, Fox has been involved with all forms of strategic transactions as Alltel has transformed it’s business into the 5th largest wireless carrier in the U.S. He has sponsored and managed  multiple internal  start-up initiatives along with managing the integration and separation process as Alltel has purchased and divested operations since 1996.

 As a private investor, Fox  has invested in several private start-ups including companies in the following industries : specialty foods, medical technology, consumer products, business application software and retail banking.

 Fox graduated from Duke University in 1984 with a degree in economics.

Donald Friedman
Donald Friedman

Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, CA

Don Friedman is executive vice president and chief marketing officer at CA, Inc. (formerly Computer Associates), responsible for CA's worldwide corporate marketing function, including managing the company's overall marketing strategy, branding and integrated marketing initiatives. In addition, Don works with the product marketing organizations that reside within CA's business unit organizations. He joined CA in 2005.

Don spent three decades at IBM and served in various senior marketing and management roles, including vice president of marketing and strategy for the company's Server Group. Prior to that, he served as general manager of three international business units for IBM Europe, Middle East and Africa , the PC Unit, General Business and the AS/400 Unit.

Most recently, Don was the managing director at Sound Beach Partners, where he provided management and marketing consulting to a variety of technology companies on re-branding, marketing and channel development. Previously, he was CEO of three global companies: Protegrity, a database security software company; International Flex Technologies, a high-tech electronics packaging business; and Sheldahl, a manufacturer of high-end electronics and specialty materials.

Don earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, and is a member of the Hoboken, New Jersey based school's Advisory Board.

William J. Fulkerson
William J. Fulkerson

CEO & CMO, Duke University Hospital 
VP, Duke University Health System
Professor of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine

Dr. Fulkerson is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and Duke University Fuqua School of Business.  In 23 years with Duke, he served in various clinical and administrative positions before being appointed VP/CEO in 2002.  He is a nationally recognized specialist in pulmonary and critical care medicine, is active in clinical research, and has authored/co-authored numerous books, chapters, and peer-reviewed publications.  A member of numerous academic societies, he serves on the Board of Trustees, NCHA and the Regional Policy Board, AHA.   He is Chairman-elect of the Board of Directors, NC Chapter, American Lung Association.

William Gimson
William “Bill” Gimson

Chief Operating Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

As the Chief Operating Officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Mr. Bill Gimson is responsible for the overall operations of CDC. He has direct and substantial impact over the agency’s fiscal resources of nearly $10 billion, as well as the agency’s workforce of 9000 federal employees and 5000 contractors.

Mr. Gimson began his career with CDC in 1974. After field assignments in Chicago, New York, and Puerto Rico as a Public Health Advisor, Mr. Gimson came to CDC headquarters in 1985 and served as part of the organizational design team that created the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. He later became the understudy to the Director of the Financial Management Office, and in 1996, was appointed Director of CDC’s Financial Management Office. He received an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business in 2002. In January 2003, Dr. Julie Gerberding, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, appointed Mr. Gimson to serve as the CDC Chief Operating Officer (COO) as part of an effort to improve the management structure of the agency.

Mr. Gimson has led the change in CDC’s management approach with the creation of the Management Council – a group that has responsibility for the overall strategic business agenda and operations. His efforts to strengthen management practices of the agency have led to the implementation of 30 business service improvements and a redirection of more than 600 positions and $75 million from support to core mission activities. He led the development of customer service metrics for all business units, resulting in the establishment of core Key Performance Indicators to measure successful implementation of improvements – a first in agency history. 

In 2002, Mr. Gimson was elected as a Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration.   In 2005, he received the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award, which is awarded to the top 1% of the approximately 2 million employees in the federal workforce.  Mr. Gimson resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife Susana and three children.  A part-time rosarian, he also enjoys riding his motorcycle, snow skiing, and attending his daughter’s dance recitals.

Bernard Harris
Bernard Harris

President and Chief Executive Officer, Vesalius, Inc.

Bernard A. Harris, Jr., M.D. is an accomplished astronaut, physician and businessman. He is the first African-American to walk in space. Selected by NASA in 1990, Harris was a Mission Specialist on the Space Shuttle Columbia STS-55/Spacelab D-2 in 1993. As Payload Commander on Space Shuttle Discovery STS-63 in 1995, he served on the first flight of the joint Russian-American Space Program. At the time of his retirement from NASA in 1996, he had logged more than 438 hours in space and traveled over 7.2 million miles. Equally as impressive as his space career, Harris has developed a broad range of business talents. Currently, Harris is president and founder of The Harris Foundation, which supports math/science education and crime prevention programs for America’s youth and president and CEO of Vesalius Ventures, a unique venture capital vehicle solely dedicated to funding the development of new technologies in order to advance the world of telemedicine.

Harris holds a bachelor of science in Biology from the University of Houston, a master of medical science from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, an MBA from the University of Houston and a doctorate of medicine from Texas Tech University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, a National Research Council Fellowship in Endocrinology at the NASA Ames Research Center and trained as a Flight Surgeon at the Aerospace School of Medicine, Brooks Air Force Base. Throughout his career, he has received numerous awards and recognition, including the election as Fellow of the American College of Physicians and is a recipient of the Horatio Alger Award.

Frances Hesselbein

Chairman, Leader to Leader Institute

Bill Johnson
Bill Johnson

President and Chief Operating Officer
Progress Energy, Inc.

Bill Johnson is President and Chief Operating Officer of Progress Energy, Inc.  In this role, Johnson oversees the generation and delivery of electricity by Progress Energy Carolinas and Progress Energy Florida.  Johnson has been with Progress Energy (previously CP&L) in a number of roles since 1992, including group president for Energy Delivery, president and chief executive officer for Progress Energy Service Company, and General Counsel and Secretary for Progress Energy, Inc. 
Before joining Progress Energy, Johnson was a partner with the Raleigh office of Hunton & Williams, where he specialized in the representation of utilities. He previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable J. Dickson Phillips Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Johnson serves in a number of volunteer and leadership roles with local and professional agencies.  He graduated from Duke University summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in history, and received a law degree with high honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1982.

Billy King
Billy King

General Manager, Philadelphia 76ers

Billy King joined the 76ers on June 2, 1997; today King enters his 10th season, marking his fourth as the president of the organization. King oversees all aspects of basketball operations, as well as business operations. 

King served as an assistant coach for the Indiana Pacers and as an assistant at Illinois State University. He also spent one year as a color analyst for ESPN's basketball coverage of the Ohio Valley Conference.

King joined the Sixers on June 2, 1997, as vice president of basketball administration, a role in which he served as the point person for basketball operations. Less than a year later (May 19, 1998), he was promoted to general manager, and on April 5, 2000, he signed a new multi-year contract with the team.
Serving on the USA Basketball Men’s Senior National Team Program Advisory Panel since 2005, King is also currently a member of USA Basketball’s 2005-08 board of directors.

Honored in 2000 as the Sports Executive of the Year, in 2001 by Street and Smith’ as one of the industries "Forty under 40", he was also inducted into Duke’s Hall of Honor in 2001.  In 2003, Sports Illustrated named King, one of the “101 Most Influential Minorities in Sports,” King also was honored by the African-American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame.

Alison Levine
Alison Levine

Team Captain, 1st American Women's Everest Expedition and President, Daredevil Strategies™

Alison Levine is an entrepreneur who is no stranger to risk-taking. She has climbed the highest peak on each continent, served as team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, and skied 100 miles across the Arctic Circle to the geographic North Pole. She has survived sub-zero temperatures, hurricane-force winds, sudden avalanches and a career on Wall Street – all without the use of supplemental oxygen.

She is the founder and president of Daredevil Strategies, a consulting firm specializing in organizational effectiveness, leadership development and team dynamics.  Drawing parallels between staying alive in the mountains and thriving in a fast-paced business world, Levine focuses on the topics of leadership, teamwork, tackling fear, taking responsible risks and dealing with changing environments.

James F. McCaffrey
James F. McCaffrey

Executive vice president of operations & strategy for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.)

Jim McCaffrey is executive vice president of operations & strategy for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.)  In this capacity, he leads a team of senior executives responsible for managing Turner Strategic Planning, New Products, Research & Development, Network Operations, Turner Studios and Technology Development, and the CNN Systems, Technology and Engineering units.   As lead strategist for Turner, he is charged with the assessment of long-term risks and opportunities, and the development of all strategic initiatives across the company’s domestic and international entertainment, news and sports portfolio.  McCaffrey works closely with Time Warner on matters involving Turner Broadcasting and its parent company.  He is based in Atlanta and reports to Philip I. Kent, chairman and CEO, TBS, Inc.

McCaffrey joined TBS, Inc. in 1995 from the O&W Group, a worldwide consulting and systems development company specializing in providing technological and operations solutions to large corporate clients.  Earlier in his career, he held positions in new product and business development at Beatrice Companies, and in brand management at Cadbury-Schweppes.

McCaffrey earned his undergraduate degree at Cornell University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration at the Stern School of Business.  He serves on the board of trustees of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming to the basic cable industry.

Jack McKeon
Jack McKeon

Special Advisor to the Florida Marlins and Former team manager

Jack McKeon has spent over 50 years in professional baseball. That career includes 10 seasons as a catcher in the minor leagues, 17 years as a minor league manager, stints as a manager of five Major League clubs, and front office positions with three Major League teams. His experience includes over 1,000 wins as a manager in both the minor leagues and Major Leagues. He has led one Major League team to a World Series appearance from the front office and another to a World Series title as a manager.

McKeon received his first taste of managing in the Majors with Kansas City (1972-75) and later Oakland (1977-78). In 1980, he began a 10-year relationship with the San Diego Padres where he earned the nickname “Trader Jack” for his penchant for multi-player deals. As the Vice President of Baseball Operations, McKeon assembled a club that experienced great success including an appearance in the 1984 World Series against Detroit. He later added the title of manager for the Padres from 1988-90.

In 1993, McKeon joined the Cincinnati Reds organization as the senior advisor for player personnel. Following four seasons in the front office, he took over the managerial role for the Reds in 1997. McKeon held that spot through 2000, earning National League Manager of the Year accolades for a 96-67 season in 1999.

McKeon was called back to baseball in 2003 when he was hired by the Florida Marlins after the season had already begun. When hired he was the third-oldest manager in Major League history at 72. By the end of the season, McKeon once again earned National League Manager of the Year recognition when he became the oldest manager to win the World Series. McKeon, the 2003 “Sportsman of the Year” by The Sporting News, went on to pace the Marlins to two more winning campaigns in 2004 and 2005. He is currently a special advisor to the Marlins.

A graduate of Elon University, McKeon resides in Elon, NC.

Bruce Mosler
Bruce E. Mosler

President & Chief Executive Officer, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.

Bruce E. Mosler, president and chief executive officer, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc., is executive in charge of the global real estate services firm, which has 11,000 employees and 192 offices in 58 countries. As president and CEO, Mr. Mosler expanded C&W’s global quality services delivery through the 2005 acquisitions of Stiles & Riabokobylko, Russia’s largest real estate services firm, and Royal LePage, Canada’s leading real estate services firm. He has also overseen the growth and expansion of C&W’s Global Capital Markets & Principal Activities, which includes the number one-ranked national office investment sales practice in 2004, and the nationally top-ranked valuation group. In December 2004, Mr. Mosler was chosen in a poll of his peers as the Commercial Property News’ “Brokerage Executive of the Year,” an honor he repeated in 2005. In March 2002, CPN named Mr. Mosler as national “Property Services Executive of the Year.”

Bob Rathbun
Bob Rathbun

Sports broadcaster

Bob Rathbun's broadcast career started at the ripe, old age of 12 when he was asked to broadcast a half-inning of an American Legion baseball game. And he hasn't stopped since!

Since that night at Newman Park in Salisbury, North Carolina, Bob has gone on to become one of the most respected and popular sports broadcasters in the country.

Annually, Bob broadcasts well over 100 games and events. He is the signature voice of Fox Sports Net South, handling the networks' main play-by-play responsibilities for the Atlanta Braves and the Atlanta Hawks. He also announces numerous college football, basketball, and baseball games for FSN South, as well as reporting for the Southern Sports Report.

Bob is also back for his 14th season calling the action for Atlantic Coast Conference basketball on the Jefferson-Pilot/Raycom regional network. A seven-time state sportscaster of the year in Virginia and Georgia, Bob has garnered three Emmy awards for his broadcasting excellence. In 2004, Bob expanded his work into the realm of motivation, leadership and team building, as he joined John Maxwell's Maximum Impact speakers bureau as a host and speaker. Bob is also a past host of Nightingale-Conant's Success Streams audio series. Now, Bob has taken what he has learned as an announcer and interviewer and put it all together as a keynote speaker and lecturer.


Stuart H. Reese
Stuart H. Reese

President and CEO MassMutual Financial Group

Stuart H. Reese is the president and chief executive officer at Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), headquartered in Springfield, Mass.

Prior to being named to this position in June 2005, Reese served as executive vice president and chief investment officer, responsible for the management of the company’s General Account and a key advisor on the company’s overall business strategy. Reese also held various leadership positions at several MassMutual subsidiaries, serving as chairman and CEO of Babson Capital Management LLC; chairman of Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC and as a member of the Board of Directors of Oppenheimer Acquisition Corporation.

Reese joined MassMutual in 1993, coming from Aetna Life and Casualty Company.

A native of Reading, Pa., Reese earned a BA in biology at Gettysburg College.  He earned his MBA with high distinction at the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College, where he was an Edward Tuck Scholar. 

John W. Rogers, Jr.
John W. Rogers, Jr.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ariel Capital Management

John W. Rogers Jr. is the chairman and CEO of Ariel Capital Management, LLC—a money management firm and mutual fund company he founded in 1983.  Today, Ariel has over $19 billion in assets under management.  Rogers graduated with an AB in economics from Princeton University where he was also captain of the varsity basketball team. He is a recipient of the B.F. Bunn Trophy, an award given to the basketball team member who best exemplifies leadership both on and off the court.  Rogers serves on a variety of corporate and civic boards including Aon Corporation; Bally Total Fitness; Exelon; McDonald’s; the Chicago Urban League and The University of Chicago. 

Marleah Rogers

Chief Executive Officer and President, Emily Krzyzewski Family Life Center Marleah Rogers is the president and chief executive officer of the Emily Krzyzewski Family Life Center. Rogers brings to the Center more than 25 years of experience in the corporate world as a leader in global businesses. Her background includes strategic development and planning, portfolio management and restructuring, new market entry and business start-ups, development of strategic partnership and business models and complex merger integration with large global companies. Rogers works with the executive board and expert advisors from the private and public sectors to provide the strategic direction and operational leadership necessary to support the achievement of the organization’s purpose and mission. Working with best practice delivery providers, the Center helps at risk kids achieve academically today and develop the skills, confidence, character and capability to prepare them to become the future leaders of tomorrow. Using best practice providers and leveraging a network of partnerships has resulted in a collaborative team focused on positively impacting more kids.

Previously, Rogers was a director at Navigant Consulting, Inc. A former United States Army Company Commander, Rogers has presented, co-led seminars and contributed to articles and books on Leading Large Scale Change and Transformational Leadership.

Rita Smith
Rita Smith

Dean, Ingersoll Rand University

Rita Mehegan Smith is the Dean of Ingersoll Rand University, reporting into the Office of the Chairman. Ingersoll Rand is a $10 billion global, diversified industrial company. Ingersoll Rand University is responsible for developing strategic organizational competencies, providing leadership education, and for driving the IR culture across the globe. Dr. Smith has over 25 years of progressive leadership roles in the learning and development field. She has led learning functions in a variety of Fortune 500 companies; including the travel, financial services, and high tech manufacturing industries. The combination of her MBA, and EdD, coupled with her Six Sigma background, enables her to leverage a practical, applied business approach to learning and development. Her professional writings, most recently in the 2005 Pfeiffer Annual, similarly reflect this pragmatism. Always active in ASTD, Dr. Smith is currently the Chair for the 2007 ASTD International Conference and Expo.

Kelvin Thompson

Global Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, Heidrick & Struggles

Jonathan M. Tisch
Jonathan M. Tisch

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Loews Hotels

Jonathan M. Tisch is chairman and chief executive officer of Loews Hotels and is co-chairman of the Board and a member of the office of the president of Loews Corporation, one of the largest diversified financial holding companies in the U.S.

Tisch has engineered the company’s expansion as a leading luxury hotel chain, infusing the properties with a widely praised corporate culture that places a high value on partnerships. His leadership philosophy, explored in his best-selling book, The Power of We: Succeeding Through Partnerships, provides a blueprint for achieving success through partnerships that empower employees, satisfy customers, contribute to communities, and improve the bottom line.

Tisch also hosts the television series, Open Exchange: Beyond the Boardroom, where he goes one-on-one with the nation’s leading CEOs.  The program reveals the person behind the successful executive and shows that business is about more than just numbers, but rather guts, hard work, imagination and people.

He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Tufts University, as well as on the boards of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the Tribeca Film Institute and the New York Giants football team, where he is also treasurer.

Dan Warmenhoven
Dan Warmenhoven

Chief Executive Officer, Network Appliance

Dan Warmenhoven is the CEO of Network Appliance, a leader in enterprise data management and open network storage solutions.

Warmenhoven joined NetApp in 1994 and led the company's IPO in 1995. Today, NetApp has over 4,000 employees and distribution channels in over 120 countries. The company is included in the S&P 500 and NASDAQ 100 indices and has been ranked as one of Fortune magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work for in America the past four years. In 2004, Warmenhoven won the prestigious National Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. In 2001, Business Week named Warmenhoven one of its Top 25 Managers for the year.

Previously, he served as chairman, president, and CEO of Network Equipment Technologies. He is a veteran of Hewlett Packard and IBM.   Warmenhoven holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering, with honors, from Princeton University.

Monday, October 16
5:30 PM - 7:45PM

Welcome Reception at Fuqua

Welcome by Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski
Head Basketball Coach, Duke Men’s Basketball and COLE Executive-in-Residence

6.00 PM  -  6:45 PM

Keynote Address An Anatomy of Leadership: Leading with Heart, Guts, and Brains

  • Fernando Aguirre, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chiquita Brands International

Introduced by Sim Sitkin, Professor of Management and Faculty Director, COLE

Tuesday, October 17
7:45 AM - 8:45 AM Registration and Breakfast
The Fox Center, Fuqua
8:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Opening Session

  • Peter Lange, Provost and Professor of Political Science
  • Douglas T. Breeden, Dean, Fuqua School of Business
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Keynote Session
The Power of Partnerships in Seeking the Organizational Edge

Jonathan M. Tisch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Loews Hotels
Introduced by Coach K

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Competing at the Edge: Is Your Team Up to It?

  • L. Kevin Kelly, President, Asia Pacific and Europe Regions, Hedrick & Struggles
  • Billy Dexter, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, MTV Networks
  • Alison Levine, Team Captain, 1st American Women’s Everest Expedition and President, Daredevil Strategies™

Moderated by Blair Sheppard, CEO, Duke Corporate Education and Professor of Management, Fuqua

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM Break
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Classroom A
Creating the Entrepreneurial Edge within Large Companies

  • Jeffrey H. Fox, Group President of Shared Services, Alltel
  • Tzau.J. Chung, President, Brunswick New Technologies Corporation

Moderated by Rick Larrick, Associate Professor of Management, Fuqua

Classroom B
Edge-Ready Ethics

  • Bill Johnson, President and Chief Operating Officer, Progress Energy
  • Stuart H. Reese, Chairman and CEO, Massachusetts Mutual Foundation Group

Moderated by Noah Pickus
Panel developed in conjunction with The Kenan Institute for Ethics

Classroom E
The Leadership Edge: Being a Trusted Advisor

  • Bruce E. Mosler, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cushman & Wakefield
  • John W. Rogers, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ariel Capital Management

Moderated by Joseph LeBoeuf (Col Ret), Professor of the Practice, Fuqua

Classroom F
Leveraging Crisis as a Capability Enhancing Opportunity

  • Donald Friedman, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, CA
  • Jack O. Bovender Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, HCA, Inc.
  • Bill Fulkerson, MD, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, Duke Hospital

Moderated by Jim Emery

1:15 PM Box lunch, Cameron
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Practice Session in Cameron Stadium

Led by Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski
Head Basketball Coach, Duke Men’s Basketball and COLE Executive-in-Residence

Free time
5:30 PM - 6:45 PM

Cross-Fertilization at the Edge: Mutual Benefits of Business and Sports

  • Michael P. Crowley, President, Oakland Athletics Baseball Co.
  • Jennifer Azzi
  • Billy King, General Manager, 76ers

Moderated by Bill Boulding, Associated Dean of Daytime MBA Program and Professor of Marketing, Fuqua

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Hall of Honor, Cameron Stadium
Leading Winning Teams – Lessons from Baseball

Jack McKeon, Special Advisor to Florida Marlins and Former Major League Baseball Manager and General Manager

Dialogue with Bob Rathbun

Wednesday, October 18
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Breakfast
Fox Center, Fuqua
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Keynote Session
Leadership In A People First Culture - Creating & Sustaining The Edge

William J. Pesce, President & CEO, Wiley & Sons, Inc.

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM Break
9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Classroom A
Leveraging the Organizational Edge – Building Partnerships and Alliances

  • William “Bill” Gimson, Chief Operating Officer, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  • Marleah Rogers, Chief Executive Officer and President, Emily Krzyzewski Family Life Center

Moderated by Kimberly Jenkins, Executive in Residence, Duke Pratt School of Engineering

Classroom B
Can Leaders Be Taught? Creating a Competitive Edge by Growing Your Own.

  • Rita Smith, Dean, Ingersoll Rand University
  • Thomas J. Evans, Chief Learning Officer, PriceWaterHouseCoopers

Moderated by Greg Marchi, Managing Director, Duke Corporate Education
Panel developed in conjunction with Duke Corporate Education

Classroom E
Failure is Not an Option: High Reliability Organizations on the High Stakes Edge

  • Bernard Harris, President and Chief Executive Officer, Vesalius, Inc. and Former NASA Astronaut
  • Rick Searfoss (COL, USAF, RET.) and Former NASA Astronaut

Moderated by Jeffrey T. Glass, Professor, Electrical and Computer Eng., and Hogg Family Director, Eng. Management and Entrepreneurship, Duke University.

Classroom F
The Role of Leadership in High Growth Organizations

  • Dan Warmenhoven, Chief Executive Officer, Network Appliance, Inc
  • Steven M. Blondy, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, R.H. Donnelley

Moderated by Jon Fjeld, Professor of the Practice and Executive Director, CEI
Panel developed in conjunction with the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM Break
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

Innovations for Global Media

  • Chrystia Freeland, US Managing Editor, Financial Times
  • James F. McCaffrey, Executive Vice President, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Moderated by Debu Purohit, Professor of Marketing, Fuqua

12.30 PM – 1.00 PM

Closing remarks

  • Sim B Sitkin, Professor of Management and Faculty Director, COLE
  • Sanyin Siang, Managing Director & Sr. Research Associate, COLE
1.00PM – 2.00 PM Lunch and Closing


Conference Sponsors
  • American Express
  • Aramark
  • CNN
  • Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.
  • Financial Times
  • Heidrick & Struggles
  • Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • MassMutual Financial Group