2007 Conference Theme: Building World-Class Leadership Teams
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John A. Allison IV
John A. Allison IV

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BB&T Corporation

John A. Allison, chairman and CEO of BB&T Corporation, a $127.6 billion financial-holding company, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, where he received a bachelor’s in business administration. He earned a master’s in management (Duke University), is a Stonier Graduate School of Banking graduate, and has Honorary Doctorate degrees from Clemson University, East Carolina University and Mount Olive College. A member of the American Bankers Association and The Financial Services Roundtable, he serves on the boards of visitors of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hilll, and is a member of the boards of directors of The Financial Clearing House, Independent College Fund and the Global TransPark Foundation.

Jared Bleak
Jared Bleak

Executive Director, Duke Corporate Education

Jared Bleak designs and delivers customized educational programs as an executive director at Duke Corporate Education, teaching, facilitating, and coaching across the U.S., Europe and Asia for clients such as Siemens, Schering, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Progress Energy, Lehman Brothers, Rio Tinto and Lafarge.  He holds a doctorate from Harvard University, where his research focused on organizational culture, leadership, and governance, and where he taught negotiation and financial management. Jared’s current research and teaching centers on how corporations can improve their learning environments by embedding learning into everyday work routines.  He is co-author of The Leadership Advantage: How the Best Companies Develop Their Talent for Future Success, and the author of When For-Profit Meets Nonprofit: Educating Through the Market.

Suzanne Burns
Suzanne Burns

President Fluid Management Inc.

Ms. Burns is President of Fluid Management, Inc., a subsidiary of IDEX Corporation and a leading global manufacturer of precision dispensing and mixing equipment for the architectural paint, coatings, personal care, cosmetics, life sciences and food and beverage industries.

Prior to this role, Ms. Burns served as Vice President/General Manager of Eaton Corporation's global power quality business earning Frost & Sullivan's "Power Quality Company of the Year" award 2004, 2005 and 2006.  Previously she led Eaton's growth investments as Integration Director and Director-International Development and advised GE, Xerox and Bayer as a manager at A.T. Kearney, Inc.

Greg D'Alba
Greg D'Alba

Executive Vice President and COO, CNN Advertising Sales and Marketing

Greg D’Alba is chief operating officer of CNN Advertising Sales and Marketing.   In this capacity, he oversees all domestic ad sales and marketing strategies and initiatives for the CNN portfolio of news networks and businesses, including CNN/U.S., CNN Headline News, CNN Airport Network and CNN.com. 

D’Alba was named one of the top industry figures comprising the annual CableFax 100 roster two years in a row.  His team is consistently ranked as the top television news sales unit by The Jack Myers Report, which has placed the department among the top ten divisions in the marketplace.

Thomas J. Evans
Thomas J. Evans

Chief Learning Officer, Pricewaterhouse Coopers

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.     

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.  This training is delivered through PwC’s Learning and Education function and provides training for more than 200,000 participants per year, totaling over 1.8 million hours of formal education annually.  Tom oversees a national team of 210 L&E professionals and an annual budget that exceeds $150 million. 

A Certified Public Accountant, Tom joined the Firm in 1977. 

Tom Finke
Tom Finke

President, Babson Capital Management

Thomas Finke is President of Babson Capital Management LLC, where he oversees the firm’s U.S. leveraged loan business and its non-investment operations including Distribution, Marketing, Finance, Compliance, Human Resources and Operations.    

Mr. Finke has over 19 years of financial industry experience.  He was President and Co-Founder of First Union Institutional Debt Management, (IDM), a $3.6 billion loan management company acquired by Babson Capital in June 2002.   Prior to founding IDM, Mr. Finke started and was Head Trader for the Par Loan Trading Desk at First Union Securities, Inc. (now known as Wachovia Securities Capital Markets, LLC).  Before that, Mr. Finke served as Vice President in Bear, Stearns & Co., Inc.'s High Yield Department.

Mr. Finke received an M.B.A. from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce.  Mr. Finke was also a member of the founding Board of Directors of the Loan Syndications and Trading Association.

Patricia K. Gillette

Founder, Opt-In Project

Patricia Gillette is Co-Chair of the Labor and Employment Practice Group and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Gender Diversity Committee.  She is the Founder of the Opt-In Project, a nationwide initiative to recruit and retain women in the legal profession.
Ms. Gillette’s practice encompasses all aspects of employment law, including wrongful discharge and discrimination litigation in both state and federal court, preventive counseling, and training.

Prior to joining Heller Ehrman, Ms. Gillette was in charge of the Personnel Advice Section of Bank of America’s Legal Department.

Suzanne Gordon
Suzanne Gordon

Vice President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, SAS Institute, Inc.

Suzanne Gordon is the Chief Information Officer and VP of IT at SAS, a privately held computer software company in Cary, NC. Gordon was elevated to CIO in 2003, the same year she was named a ComputerWorld Premier 100 IT leader.  Gordon has also served as the Director of National Technical Consulting and Director of Management Information Systems at SAS. 

A graduate of North Carolina State University with bachelor's degrees in math and computer science and a master's degree in statistics, Gordon maintains close ties to the university. A member of the board of trustees, she has also served on the alumni association board and College of Management Advisory board. Gordon is also on the board of Alliance Medical Ministry.

Gordon has been married to Ralph Gordon for 35 years and has a daughter Emily, 20 and a son Stuart,17.

Philipp Hensler
Philipp Hensler

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DWS Scudder

Philipp Hensler joined DWS Scudder 1998 as Country Head and CEO for DeAM in Switzerland, after 15 years of Asset Management experience, including head of retail investment distribution for Zurich Scudder Investments in Switzerland, portfolio management positions at Coutts & Co., Switzerland that included lead fund manager for Coutts Continental European Equity and Global Equity Fund as well as the bank's private pension fund assets.  Prior to joining Coutts & Co., he held private banking positions at Rothschild Bank and Swiss Bank Corporation.  He holds a degree in business economics from the Kaderschule Zurich; an MBA from Duke University; and is a Certified European Financial Analyst (CEFA)

Mellody L. Hobson
Mellody L. Hobson

President, Ariel Capital Management, LLC

As President of Ariel Capital Management, Mellody Hobson has responsibilities related to firmwide management, strategic planning and marketing.  Mellody has worked at Ariel since 1991 after earning her Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University.  Mellody is a regular financial contributor on ABC’s Good Morning America. In addition, she works with a variety of civic and professional institutions. She serves on the board of directors of Estee Lauder Company, SKG Dreamworks, and Starbucks.

Joe Hogan
Joe Hogan

Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, GE Healthcare

Joseph M. Hogan is Senior Vice president and Chief Executive Officer of GE Healthcare, a position he has held since November, 2000. Formerly US-based GE Medical Systems, GE Healthcare is now a $17 billion global business, and is currently the only GE business headquartered outside the United States.   During his tenure at GE Healthcare, the business has more than doubled in revenue and has been transformed into the leading diagnostics, information technology and life sciences company worldwide.

Mr. Hogan began his career at GE in 1985 and advanced through a series of leadership roles at GE Plastics in sales, marketing and product management.

In March, 1998 Mr. Hogan was named President and Chief executive Officer of GE Fanuc Automation North America, Inc., a global supplier of industrial controls systems and a joint venture between GE and FANUC, Ltd. Japan.

Mr. Hogan earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Geneva College and an M.B.A. from Robert Morris University. He sits on the Boards of the New York Academy of Medicine, the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and the Advisory Board of the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  Mr. Hogan is also on the Board of Advamed.

Mr. Hogan and his wife live in London, and they have three sons. They enjoy various outdoor sports together.

Michael M.E. Johns, M.D.
Michael M.E. Johns, M.D.

Chief Executive Officer, Woodruff Health Services Center, Emory University

Michael M.E. Johns, MD, has led the Woodruff Health Sciences Center at Emory University since July 1996. He has positioned the center as one of the nation’s preeminent academic health centers and has led the most extensive facilities improvement plan in Emory history. From 1990 to 1996, Dr. Johns was Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Dr. Johns is widely renowned as a catalyst of new thinking in many areas of health policy and health professions education. He has been a significant contributor to many of the leading organizations and policy groups in health care, including the Institute of Medicine (IOM), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), The Commonwealth Fund Task Force on Academic Health Centers, and the Association of Academic Health Centers. He frequently lectures, publishes, and works with state and federal policy makers, on topics ranging from the future of health professions education to national health system reform.

Dr. Johns received his MD from the University of Michigan and remained at Michigan for his internship and residency. As a cancer surgeon of head and neck tumors he has been internationally recognized for his work and his studies of treatment outcomes. He was editor of the Archives of Otolaryngology from 1992 – 2005, and serves on the editorial board of theJournal of the American Medical Association.  

Kevin Kelly
L. Kevin Kelly

Chief Executive Officer, Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc.

Kevin Kelly was named Chief Executive Officer of the world's leading headhunting firms Heidrick & Struggles in September 2006. One of a new generation of global CEOs, Kelly regularly contributes to the public debate on the nature of leadership today, with particular insights into cross cultural subtleties, leveraging technology and social networks. 

With a decade's experience in Tokyo, Kelly spent the last 3 years in London running Heidrick & Struggles' EMEA operations before returning to his native America.
Named "Headhunter of the Year" in 2000 by Finance Intelligence Asia magazine and "One of Asia's Top Recruiters" four years running by AsiaMoney magazine Kelly has extensive first hand experience in building senior leadership teams for the world's most successful companies at board level across Asia Pacific and Europe

This personal experience with clients informs his view on what it takes to lead a global organization in the twenty first century. He believes passionately that culture drives commercial success.

Kelly holds a bachelor's degree from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, where he serves on the Board of Visitors. Kelly publishes his first book on global CEOs this fall.

Dan Levitan
Dan Levitan

Co-founder, Maveron, LLC

Dan Levitan co-founded Maveron in 1998, bringing a wealth of experience in the retail, consumer and financial sectors. Levitan currently serves on the boards of Cranium, Potbelly Sandwich Works, The Motley Fool, Internet REIT (iREIT), Kinetix Living and Vetinsurance. Prior to founding Maveron, Levitan was a Managing Director at Schroders. At Schroders, he headed consumer investment banking, new business development and founded the West Coast investment banking division. Levitan met co-founder Howard Schultz in 1991, when Starbucks began planning for its IPO. Levitan has acted as a consultant to numerous private, public and philanthropic organizations, including Duke University's Trinity College of Arts & Sciences Board of Visitors, The Rock Center for Entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School and Pilchuck Glass School. He is a graduate of Horace Mann School, Duke University and Harvard Business School.

Timothy J. Mayopoulos
Timothy J. Mayopoulos

Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Bank of America Corporation

Timothy J. Mayopoulos is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Bank of America Corporation.

Prior to joining Bank of America, Mayopoulos held a variety of legal positions in other global financial services companies, in private law practice and in public service.

Mayopoulos received his J.D. cum laude from New York University School of Law in 1984 and his bachelor’s degree with distinction from Cornell University in 1980.

Bernard J. Mullin
Bernard J. Mullin

President & Chief Executive Officer, Atlanta Spirit, LLC

Dr. Bernie Mullin is President and CEO of Atlanta Spirit, LLC--parent company of the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Thrashers and Philips Arena. During his 30-plus years in sports and entertainment, Mullin has held senior positions with teams in Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and NCAA Athletics.

Prior to joining Atlanta Spirit in April 2004, Mullin was the NBA's Sr. Vice President, Marketing and Team Business Operations for four years. There, he marketed the NBA, WNBA and NBDL brands, and also directed Team Marketing and Business Operations that provides management consulting and strategic information and analysis on business and revenue generating initiatives. 

Mullin also spent more than a dozen years in intercollegiate athletics and higher education, having served as Vice Chancellor of Athletics for the University of Denver in the mid-to-late 90’s and Professor of Sport Management at UMass from 1977-86.

He has published the best-selling text, Sport Marketing, which is now in its third edition and in nine languages. The Liverpool, England native played semi-professional soccer for the Oxford City Football Club, and captained his varsity team to back-to-back British Polytechnic Championship finals in 1972 and 1973. Mullin earned a Ph.D. in Business, an MBA and an MS in Marketing from the University of Kansas, and graduated from Coventry University in England with a BA in Business Studies.

Mullin is active in the Atlanta community, serving on the boards of Central Atlanta Progress, the Atlanta Sports Council, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and the Metro Atlanta YMCA. He resides with his wife, Valerie, in Chastain Park and has three children, Julie (31), Lara (29) and Steven (27), a stepson Chad (29), and two grandchildren, Ian (11) and Niame (7).

Donna Orender
Donna Orender

President, WNBA

Donna Orender is President of the WNBA, leading the longest and most successful women’s team sports league in U.S. history that features the best female basketball players in the world. 

Previously, she spent over 17 years with the PGA Tour where she served in the Office of the Commissioner responsible for the overall business of the Tour.  

Orender was named 2007 WISE Woman of the Year and was the recipient of the 2006 March of Dimes Sports Leadership Award.  In 2005, she was named to the prestigious Sporting News’ annual “Power 100” list, and FoxSports.com’s “10 Most Powerful Women in Sports” list. 

She played three seasons in the Women’s Basketball League (WBL), where she was an All-Star.   A graduate of Queens College in New York, she studied social work in graduate school at Adelphi University and received an honorary doctorate degree in May 2007. 

Her philanthropic activities include serving on the boards of the Hadassah Foundation, First Tee of Metropolitan New York, Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, among others.  

Orender is married to MG Orender, past President of the PGA of America and owner/partner in Hampton Golf, Inc.  She has twin boys, Jacob and Zachary and two stepchildren, Morgan and Colleen.

Tom Schmitt
Tom Schmitt

President and Chief Executive Officer, FedEx Global Supply Chain Services

Serving as Chief Executive Officer and President of FedEx Global Supply Chain Services and Senior Vice President of FedEx Solutions, Tom has responsibility for a wide range of solutions for FedEx customers and internal Sales and Operations divisions across all FedEx operating companies.

FedEx Global Supply Chain Services specializes in logistics solutions that maximize supply chain, transportation, integrated fulfillment, returns management, and orchestrated delivery efficiencies.

FedEx Solutions’ extensive range of internal services, which includes solution design and implementation expertise, helps FedEx Sales and Operations deliver the best in customer care across the FedEx operating companies.

Tom joined FedEx in 1998 as vice president of sales and development for FedEx's logistics and eCommerce division.

Prior to joining FedEx, Tom spent eight years with the prestigious consulting firm McKinsey & Co, which advises leading companies on issues of strategy, organization, technology, and operations. While at McKinsey, he worked with many Fortune 500 companies, providing strategy development and operations efforts for the transportation, logistics, retail, utilities, and telecom industries.
Prior to his time with McKinsey, Tom worked for London-based British Petroleum (BP), where his work included project management and financial analysis for the company’s retail marketing network redesign initiative. He later moved from BP’s London headquarters to serve in a line management capacity for BP in Cleveland, Ohio.

Tom was born and raised in Biberach, Germany and holds degrees from Harvard Business School (MBA with highest distinction) and Middlesex University (B.A. with First Class Honors) in London. Tom serves on the board of LOGTECH, an advisory organization to the Department of Defense, and as an advisory panel member of the Corporate Executive Board. Tom also serves as a Director on the Executive Board of the Memphis Regional Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee for Ballet Memphis.

Tom Schmitt
Blair Sheppard

Dean, Duke University's Fuqua School of Business

Blair Sheppard is dean of Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and chair and founder of Duke Corporate Education. 

He has extensive experience working as a researcher, consultant, and teacher in the areas of leadership, corporate strategy, negotiation, organizational relationships, and organization design.  He has consulted to over a hundred companies and governments including ABB, BAE, the Canadian Government, Deutsche Bank, Eli Lilly and Company, Ernst & Young, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, LaFarge, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Norfolk Southern, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Siemens, Toronto Dominion Bank, United States Postal Service, Verizon, and Wachovia. His research has been on the same topics with over fifty books and articles. 

Blair earned a BA and MA from the University of Western Ontario and his PhD in social and organizational psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.

G. Kennedy Thompson
G. Kennedy Thompson

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, & President, Wachovia Corporation

Upon becoming CEO of First Union in 2000, Ken Thompson led a bold restructuring of the company, which had grown rapidly through acquisition.  The result: a clearly defined business model and strategy, dramatic improvement in customer service and strong organic revenue and earnings growth.  In 2001, Thompson engineered the groundbreaking merger with Wachovia.  Since then, Wachovia has delivered industry-leading customer service and superior shareholder returns. For the past six years Wachovia has ranked #1 in Customer Satisfaction among large banks according to the University of Michigan’s American Customer Satisfaction Survey. 

Also under Thompson’s leadership, Wachovia acquired Prudential Financial’s brokerage business to become the third largest retail brokerage company in the nation and acquired SouthTrust Bank, strengthening Wachovia’s position as the number one bank in the Southeast.  On October 1, 2006, Wachovia acquired Golden West Financial, parent of World Savings Bank.  With this merger, Wachovia strengthens its position in California, Texas, Florida, New Jersey and New York, and enters attractive metropolitan areas in five additional states: Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, and NevadaIn addition, Wachovia gains mortgage lending operations under the World Savings Bank name in 39 states. 

In 2003 and 2005, Ken was named one of Business Week’s best managers, and in 2005 he was named “Banker of the Year” by the American Banker newspaper.

In his 31 years with the company, Thompson has served in leadership positions in the Corporate and Investment Bank, Human Resources, and Florida and Georgia banking operations. 

Thompson is a member of The Clearing House (Chairman 2004-2005), the Federal Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board (President), the Financial Services Roundtable (Chairman 2005), the Financial Services Forum, the International Monetary Council and The Business Council.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of Hewlett-Packard, Carolinas Healthcare System and the PGA Tour, and serves as a Trustee for the Morehead Foundation. Thompson also serves on the boards of Teach For America, United Way of Central Carolinas, the Foundation For The Carolinas, and the YMCA Metropolitan Board.  He earned his B.A. from University of North Carolina, where he was a Morehead scholar, and his M.B.A. from Wake Forest University.

Harold Tinkler
Harold Tinkler

Chief Ethics Officer, Deloitte & Touche

In 2003, Harold J. Tinkler became the first Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer for Deloitte & Touche USA LLP and its U.S. subsidiaries (“the Deloitte U.S. Entities”).  A 39-year veteran with the organization, Tinkler’s appointment followed 23 years as a partner in key supervisory and leadership roles.

Today, Tinkler oversees the development and execution of the ethics policy for Deloitte & Touche USA and its subsidiaries, providing guidance and oversight and directing resources.  These resources include an ethics “helpline” that is available to personnel, clients, or vendors to assist with questions and reports about ethics and professional behavior.

Prior to his appointment as Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Tinkler was managing partner for Deloitte & Touche LLP’s audit practice in Connecticut, as well as senior technical partner for that practice.  He also served as an audit partner in its Tri-State practice, headquartered in New York City.

Tinkler serves on the professional ethics committee of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants, is a member of the Board of Directors for the Ethics and Compliance Officers Association, and is the lead partner in overseeing Deloitte & Touche’s registration with the PCAOB.  His areas of professional experience include the technology, manufacturing, and service sectors.

In addition, Tinkler has been invited to speak on the topic of ethics at many institutions and universities including Baruch College, the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, the Center for Professional and Applied Ethics at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte, the Ethics and Compliance Officers Association annual meeting of members, and the Financial Executives International (Austin, TX).

Along with his leadership and client service accomplishments, Tinkler is actively involved in his community.  He has served as a board member of the Inner-City Foundation, Child Guidance Center, Better Business Bureau of New York, United Way of Stamford, and the Wilton (CT) YMCA.  He also has been a member of the Junior Achievement Blue Ribbon Panel for Ethics Education.  Tinkler holds a bachelor of science degree from Hunter College in New York.

David Turner
David Turner

Senior VP of Finance, The Thomson Corporation

David Turner is Senior Vice President of Finance for The Thomson Corporation.  Thomson is a leading global provider of information-based solutions to business and professional customers and with revenues of approximately $9Bn.  David joined the company in September 2001 as Chief Financial Officer of Thomson Financial. 

David’s career commenced in 1982 when he joined Price Waterhouse having graduated with an honors degree in economics from St. Andrews University in Scotland. He worked for Price Waterhouse until 1991 initially in the audit practice and later in the newly formed Corporate Finance practice. David joined Reuters in 1991 as the Chief Financial Officer for Reuters UK and Ireland operations, based in London. In 1995 David was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Reuters America Holdings Inc. based in New York.  In 1999 he was appointed as global CFO and Commercial Director of Reuters Information division, which was responsible for all Reuters information services revenues globally totaling around $2.5 billion.

David is active with a number of charities. He currently serves as a board member for the Intrepid Museum Foundation, the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation and Community Centers Incorporated.  David holds both U.S. and UK citizenship and he lives in Greenwich, CT with his wife and two children.

Max Wallace

Chief Executive Officer, TheraLogics

Max Wallace is Chief Executive Officer of TheraLogics, an early-stage biopharmaceutical company. He previously co-founded and served as President of Trimeris, a public biopharmaceutical company that created and brought to market the world’s first entry inhibitor, establishing a new class of drugs for HIV/AIDS and other viral diseases.  He also founded and developed several other biopharmaceutical companies, including Sphinx Pharmaceuticals Corporation (now a division of Eli Lilly & Co); SARCO (now a part of PPD/Pharmaco); and Cogent Neuroscience. Prior to starting Trimeris, Max was a founding Investment Director of Duke Management Company and a co-founder of Duke’s Program in Non-Profit Management.

Max recently served as a Senior Fellow in Leadership and Innovation at the Institute for Emerging Issues at NC State University. He has previously served as President of North Carolina’s Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) and he co-founded and served as President of the North Carolina Bioscience Organization (NCBIO). He has served on the boards of directors of the Emerging Companies Section of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and the Kenan Institute of Engineering, Technology and Science and on the Advisory Board for the Whitehead Institute at MIT.  Max received his Bachelor’s degree from Duke University in 1974 and his JD degree from the University of Florida in 1977.

Jay G. Wilkinson
Jay G. Wilkinson

Executive Vice President, Group Management Division, AIG VALIC

Jay Wilkinson is Executive Vice President of AIG VALIC where he is responsible for the acquisition and expansion of AIG VALIC’s large group employer sponsored retirement plans.  Prior to joining AIG VALIC Mr. Wilkinson served as Director of Third-Party Distribution for INVESCO and was President of the Public Employees Benefit Services Corporation (PEBSCO). 

Mr. Wilkinson received his B.A. from the Duke University in 1964 and his B.D. from The Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1967.  While at Duke University, Wilkinson was named a First-Team All-American football player and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Player of the Year in 1963.  Mr. Wilkinson is author of “Bud Wilkinson: an Intimate Portrait of an American Legend,” a biography of his father published in 1994.  He is a recipient of the United States Conference of Mayors Distinguished Service Award and the National Collegiate Athletic Association Silver Anniversary Award.

Scot Wingo
Scot Wingo

Chief Executive Officer, Channel Advisor

As President and CEO of ChannelAdvisor, Scot Wingo leads the company in its mission to provide retailers and manufacturers with the services and technology they need to successfully utilize paid search, comparison shopping engines and online marketplaces as effective sales channels.

In July of 1999, Scot co-founded AuctionRover.com, his second startup company. In a nine-month period, the company launched, received funding, and signed an agreement with eBay. In April 2000, GoTo (renamed Overture, now part of Yahoo!) acquired AuctionRover. Com. The deal created GoTo Auctions, a premiere online auction destination. In July 2001, Overture spun off ChannelAdvisor and invested in the new company.

Ryan Wuerch
Ryan Wuerch

Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer

Ryan Wuerch founded Motricity in 2001, and is chairman and CEO of one of the wireless industry's leading mobile content service providers.

Motricity, reaching more than 250 million mobile subscribers, attracted over $200 million from premier investors’ earned numerous industry accolades, and was named one of the top 15 wireless companies by Fierce Wireless and one of the top 100 technology companies in North America by Red Herring.

Wuerch, recognized as the Carolinas' Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, serves on the boards of directors of Open Range Communications, the Council for Entrepreneurial Development and the Miss America Organization.


View the 2007 conference panel topics and descriptions

Monday, October 15, 2007
5:30 PM - 7:45 PM Welcome Reception
The Washington Duke Inn

Welcome by Sim B. Sitkin, Professor of Management and Faculty Director, Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics (COLE)
6:25 PM - 7:10 PM Keynote Address
The Washington Duke Inn

Joe Hogan, Chief Executive Officer, GE Healthcare
Introduced by Sanyin Siang, Managing Director and Senior Research Associate, Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics (COLE)
7:10 PM - 7:25 PM Closing
The Washington Duke Inn

Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski
, Head Basketball Coach, Duke Men’s Basketball and COLE Executive-in-Residence
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
7:45 AM - 8:30 AM Registration and Breakfast
The Fox Center, Fuqua
8:30 AM - 8:45 AM
Opening Session
Geneen Auditorium

Blair Sheppard, Dean, The Fuqua School of Business
8:45 AM - 9:45 AM Dialogue on Leadership for Now and for the Future: The Critical Need for World-Class Leadership Team
Geneen Auditorium

Blair Sheppard, Dean, The Fuqua School of Business
John A. Allison, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BB&T Corporation
9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
Geneen Auditorium

Building World-Class Leadership Teams from the Ground Up

L. Kevin Kelly, Chief Executive Officer, Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc
Dan Levitan, Founder, Maveron, LLC
Philipp Hensler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, DWS Scudder
Moderator: Lucy Reuben, Visiting Professor of Finance/Management, The Fuqua School of Business
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM Break
11:15 AM - 12:30 AM

Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Innovation in Technology-driven Companies

Classroom C

Session developed in conjunction with the Masters in Engineering Management Program, Duke Pratt School of Engineering
Suzanne Gordon, Vice President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, SAS Institute, Inc.
Suzanne Burns, President Fluid Management Inc.
Moderator: Jeffery T.  Glass, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Hogg Family Director of Engineering Management and Entrepreneurship
Building Ethical Teams
Classroom D

Session developed in conjunction with The Kenan Institute for Ethics
Harold Tinkler, Chief Ethics Officer, Deloitte & Touche
Max Wallace, Chief Executive Officer, TheraLogics
Moderator: Noah Pickus, Director, The Kenan Institute for Ethics and COLE Center Scholar
Making Effective Execution the Core Competency of Your Team
Classroom E

Michael M.E. Johns, M.D., Chief Executive Officer, Woodruff Health Services Center, Emory University  
Tom Schmitt, President and Chief Executive Officer, FedEx Global Supply Chain Services
Moderator: Jonathan Cummings, Associate Professor of Management, The Fuqua School of Business
Identifying and Developing Entrepreneurial Leadership Teams
Classroom F

Session developed in conjunction with the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Scot Wingo, Chief Executive Officer, ChannelAdvisor
Ryan Wuerch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Motricity
Moderator: Jon Fjeld, Professor of the Practice of Management and Executive Director, Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovations, The Fuqua School of Business
12:30 PM - 1:15 PM Lunch
The Fox Center, Fuqua
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Talent is Not Enough: Leading People to See Things in a New Way
Geneen Auditorium

Bernie Mullin, President & Chief Executive Officer, Atlanta Spirit, LLC
Donna Orender, President, WNBA
Moderator: Leslie M. Marx, Associate Professor of Economics, The Fuqua School of Business
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Practice Session in Cameron Stadium
Cameron Indoor Stadium

Duke Men’s Basketball Training Practice
Led by Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski
Head Basketball Coach, Duke Men’s Basketball and COLE Executive-in-Residence
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM Free Time
6:45 PM - 9:45 PM Gala Dinner
Emily Krzyzewski Center

Leadership and Adaptability

Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski
, Head Basketball Coach, Duke Men’s Basketball and Executive-in-Residence, Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Breakfast
The Fox Center, Fuqua
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Keynote Address
Geneen Auditorium

G. Kennedy Thompson, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, & President, Wachovia Corporation
Introduced by William J. Fulkerson,M.D., Chief Executive Officer, Duke University Hospital
9:30 AM - 9:45 AM Break

What Can Teaching Hospitals Teach Business About Building World-Class Leadership Teams
Classroom C

Session developed in conjunction with Duke Corporate Education
Tom Evans, Chief Learning Officer, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Jared Bleak, Executive Director, Duke Corporate Education
Background Reading
Leveraging Diverse Leadership Teams to Create a Successful Organization
Classroom D

Patricia K. Gillette, Founder, Opt-In Project and Partner, Heller Ehrman
Timothy J. Mayopoulos, General Counsel, Bank of America
Moderator: Kimberly Jenkins, Executive-in-Residence, Duke Pratt School of Engineering
Current Challenges in Leading Financial Services
Classroom E

Jay G. Wilkinson , Executive Vice President, Group Management Division, AIG VALIC
Thomas Finke, President, Babson Capital Management
Moderator: James Emery, PhD, Research Director, Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics (COLE)
Creating Effective Cross-Silo Leadership Teams
Classroom F

Greg D'Alba, Executive Vice President and COO, CNN Advertising Sales and Marketing
David Turner, Sr. VP of Finance, Thomson Corp
Moderator: Joseph N. G. LeBoeuf, Jr. (Col,,U.S. Army, Ret.), Professor of the Practice of Management, The Fuqua School of Business
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM Break
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Keynote Address
Geneen Auditorium

Mellody L. Hobson, President, Ariel Capital Management, LLC
Introduced by: Rick Staelin, Edward and Rose Donnell Professor of Marketing, The Fuqua School of Business
12:15 PM - 12:30 PM Closing Summary Remarks
Geneen Auditorium

Sim B. Sitkin, Professor of Management and Faculty Director, Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics (COLE)
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM Deli Style Lunch
The Fox Center, Fuqua

Please see the conference highlights page for examples of programs from past years.

We are developing several plenary and concurrent panels.  These sessions will look at the theme of building world-class leadership teams through different subtopics and viewpoints. 

Building Ethical Teams
Session developed in conjunction with The Kenan Institute for Ethics

This panel will surface perspectives on ethical leadership, provide examples of ethics in action in the speakers' organizations, and examine the ethics surrounding teams.  Key questions to be addressed will include:

  • What is ethical leadership and how do you get ethics taken seriously by the leaders of the company?
  • What are examples of ethical dilemmas that the speakers have faced and how have they responded?
  • How do you get the leadership team and the teams in the organization to go beyond a compliance approach to ethics?
  • What are particular ethical dilemmas that teams are prone to?

What Can Teaching Hospitals Teach Business About Building World-Class Leadership Teams
Session developed in conjunction with Duke Corporate Education

If your workplace feels high-stress and high-risk, replete with fast-paced technological advances, the constant influx of new information, and enormous time and economic pressures, then it has a lot in common with America’s teaching hospitals. We studied four of America’s top academic medical centers to see what the corporate world could learn from a system that still turns out the best doctors in the world. What we learned about the uses of failure, the importance of evidence over instinct, and the nature of highly functioning teams may surprise you.

Background Reading: http://www.dukece.com/spotlight/TeachingHospitals.htm

Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Innovation in Technology-driven Companies
Developed in conjunction with Duke’s Master of Engineering Management Program

This panel on innovation and technology leadership developed in conjunction with Duke’s Master of Engineering Management Program will discuss the role of leadership and technology in creating a culture of innovation across differences in culture, geography, age and gender.  In today’s instant messenging, email intensive, geographically dispersed environment, how are leadership processes and technology integrated to support innovation and optimize performance.  Key questions to be addressed include the following but will also be driven by audience interest.

How do leaders:

  • build a culture supportive of innovation in a technology driven enterprise?
  • bridge internally across functional areas, cultures, age groups, geographical distances, race, and gender, to build sustained success?
  • insure that technology groups (both product development and operations) are effectively integrated with business functions to create commercial success?
  • utilize leadership processes and technology to enhance product innovation?
  • utilize leadership processes and technology to better understand their customers?
Conference Sponsors
  • American Express
  • Aramark
  • CNN
  • Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.
  • Financial Times
  • Heidrick & Struggles
  • MassMutual Financial Group