2008 Conference Theme: Leading in Challenging Times: Overcoming Crisis, Sustaining Excellence, and Growing Intelligently
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Ryan Allis
Ryan Allis

Chief Executive Officer and co-Founder, iContact

Ryan P. Allis, 23, is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of iContact, the leading provider of email marketing tools for small businesses. Ryan has built Durham-based iContact from its start in July 2003 to its current size with over 80 employees, 18,000 customers, and $10 million in annual sales. In 2005, Ryan was named by BusinessWeek as one of the "Top 25 Entrepreneurs Under 25." He is the author of the book Zero to One Million: How I Built a Company To $1 Million in Sales and How You Can Too, published by McGraw-Hill.   The book was recently #2 on Amazon’s best seller list.

A social entrepreneur and an entrepreneur, Mr. Allis’s lifetime focus is to work to reduce poverty and human suffering at home and in developing nations while building stronger communities and encouraging access to technology, healthcare, education, and nutrition. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors for Advocates for Grassroots Development in Uganda, Nourish International, Leadership Triangle, and Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina.

Allis has been featured on ABC News and The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch and in Fortune Small Business, Success magazine, Entrepreneur, Investors' Business Daily, the Daily Times of India, and Young Money magazine.

Allis is the founder of The Humanity Campaign, the founder of the entrepreneurship resource Zeromillion.com, and a member of EO Raleigh-Durham. Ryan’s long-term goals include being a U.S. Senator and starting a foundation that works to reduce poverty and improve healthcare and education in developing nations. Ryan attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was an economics major and a Blanchard Scholar.

Michael Cohl
Michael Cohl

Former Chairman, Live Nation

A contemporary entertainment industry visionary, Michael Cohl is responsible for four of the five top-grossing concert tours of all time and is the world's pre-eminent tour promoter, retail marketer, and producer. As a prolific producer and innovator of film and television programming, tens of thousands of global concerts as well as tour and branded merchandise for over 150 artists, Michael's current and past clients include the Rolling Stones, U2, Pink Floyd, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Stevie Wonder, Prince, The Who, Genesis and Crosby Stills Nash and Young.

In 1989, Michael developed the concept of “package” touring with the Stones' STEEL WHEELS tour. Working directly with the artists, Michael strategized, routed and promoted the dates, ultimately ensuring an exciting touring experience for both artists and fans. He then assisted in the development and exploitation of the lucrative aftermarket – books, television specials, videos, films and merchandise. This concept allowed Michael to maintain a great deal of control over the tour as a whole and ensured that he was only producing the world's finest shows and spectacles that were always larger than life. It is a format that has proven successful, but one not easy to emulate.

In 2005 Michael Cohl produced the Rolling Stones tour ‘A BIGGER BANG. Redefining the concert experience, A BIGGER BANG was the highest grossing tour in history. The tour drew an audience of 3.5 million ticketed customers and included an historic free show at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro which was seen by an estimated 2 million people. Another highlight of the tour was two performances by the band at the Beacon Theatre in New York City which were filmed by Academy Award winning director Martin Scorsese for the feature film titled SHINE A LIGHT, which Michael helped produce.

With a career that spans five decades and tens of thousands of shows, Michael is at the forefront of the international entertainment industry and is one of the world's most successful producers.

Lieutenant General Martin Dempsey
Lieutenant General Martin Dempsey

Acting Commander of U.S. Military Central Command

General Martin Dempsey is Acting Commander, United States Central Command (USCENTCOM) – the Unified Command whose Area of Responsibility (AOR) stretches from Egypt to Pakistan, and has responsibility over Iraq and Afghanistan. A warrior-scholar, he is a graduate of West Point and holds Masters Degrees in English from Duke University, in Military Art and Science from Army Command and General Staff College, and in National Security and Strategic Studies from the National War College.

Dempsey knows the CENTCOM AOR well, first deploying to Southwest Asia with the 3rd Armored Division during Operations Desert Storm. Following duty on the Joint Staff as Assistant Deputy Director for Politico-Military Affairs and then as Special Assistant to the Chairman, he departed Washington on September 10, 2001 to be the Senior Advisor to the Saudi Arabian National Guard. General Dempsey then served two command tours in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom: 2003-2004 as Commanding General of the 1st Armored Division and 2005-2007 as Commander of Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq.

In 2007 LTG Dempsey assumed his position as Deputy Commander USCENTCOM, becoming the acting commander upon ADM Fallon’s departure in early 2008.

Donald Friedman
Donald Friedman

Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, CA, Inc

Don R. Friedman is the executive vice president and chief marketing officer at CA. Don joined CA in 2005.

Don brings a unique set of business and marketing experience and capabilities to CA, having been in senior executive roles in development, sales, marketing and general management at both large and small companies.

Prior to joining CA, 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. He also was CEO of International Flex Technologies, a high-tech electronics packaging business and Sheldahl, a manufacturer of high-end electronics and specialty materials, and was acting CEO of Protegrity, a database security software company.

Friedman spent three decades at IBM and served in various senior management roles, including vice president of marketing and strategy for the company's Server Group, and as general manager of three international business units, including IBM's personal computer company, General Business and the AS/400.

Friedman earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, and is a member of the school's Advisory Board. He also attended Executive Programs at Northwestern and the University of Virginia


John Glushik
John Glushik

General Partner, Intersouth Parthers

John Glushik is a general partner with Intersouth Partners, one of the most active and experienced early-stage venture funds in the Southeast region with more than 80 investments in private companies over the last 22 years. Intersouth manages more than $750 million in seven venture capital limited partnerships, the most recent of which was established in May 2006 and totals $275 million. As a member of the leadership team at Intersouth, Mr. Glushik’s work covers all aspects of venture investment and portfolio management. He has led multiple venture financings and managed a number of successful liquidity events. John is an active member of the entrepreneurial community, serving on the boards of the North Carolina Council for Entrepreneurial Development, the Atlanta Venture Forum and the Florida Venture Forum. He also serves on the advisory boards of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of the Southeast, Southeast TechInventures and the Georgia Research Alliance.

Glushik is an Adjunct Professor at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina. He speaks frequently at North Carolina State University and The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University where he is an Entrepreneur Affiliate. John serves on the Engineering Alumni Council and Devil Fund Board at the School of Engineering at Duke.

Prior to Intersouth, Glushik worked as an engineer and consultant in the information technology and aerospace industries. His previous experience includes software development, telecommunications engineering, data communications research and strategic market consulting.

Glushik holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering and materials science from Duke, an M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Eric Greenspan
Eric R. Greenspan

Partner, Myman Abell Fineman Fox Greenspan Light LLP

Eric Greenspan (Duke '72) is a senior partner at the entertainment law firm of Myman, Abell, Fineman, Fox, Greenspan, Light, LLP in Los Angeles, California.  Mr. Greenspan's entertainment career began at Duke as Chairman of Major Attractions. Upon graduation from the Washington College of Law Eric moved to Los Angeles in 1975.  In 1985 he joined Myman Abell as the head of the music department.  The firm has a significant client list, including such notables as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Christina Aguilera, Harmonix Music (the creators of Guitar Hero and Rock Band), Billy Bob Thornton, Jack Johnson and Giada DeLaurentiis. 

Eric Greenspan
Campbell R. Harvey

J. Paul Sticht Professor of International Business, Duke University

Campbell R. Harvey is the J. Paul Sticht Professor of International Business at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. He is also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Harvey is an internationally recognized expert in portfolio management and global risk management. His work on the implications of changing risk and the dynamics of risk premiums for tactical asset allocation has been published in the top academic and practitioner journals. He has published over 100 scholarly articles and books. Additionally, Professor Harvey serves as a consultant to some of the world's leading asset management and consulting firms. These days he is best known for a September 2008 policy paper that outlined a comprehensive plan to get us out of the credit crisis.

Harvey's ideas have been featured multiple times over the past few weeks in The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Time, Fortune, NPR, the Washington Post, and many other outlets. He is also the author of a prominent blog.

Janet Hill
Janet Hill

Board Member, Sprint Nextel, Inc., Wendy's International, Inc., and Dean Foods, Inc.

Janet Hill is the Vice President of Alexander & Associates, Incorporated, a corporate consulting firm in Washington, D.C. She provides corporate planning, advice and analyses to directors, executives and managers.

From 1978 until 1981, Janet was the Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. Prior to her work for the Army, she was a scientist with a private consulting firm in the Washington, D.C. area. She was responsible for data analysis regarding ambient noise levels and shipping distributions.

Hill is a member of the Boards of Directors of Sprint Nextel, Inc.; Wendy’s International, Inc.; and Dean Foods, Inc.; and the Vice President of Hill Ventures, Inc. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Duke University, and a member of the Board of Visitors of the Fuqua School of Business at Duke.

Hill earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Wellesley College and a Masters of Arts in Mathematics from the University of Chicago.

Michael Hurley
Michael Hurley

Site Manager, World Trade Center

Michael Hurley is the manager of the World Trade Center.  In this capacity, he managed all aspects of the site operations. Prior to this role, he was the Fire Director at the World Trade Center, and was responsible for fire command, emergency management and procedural activities with the New York City Fire Department and other emergency response agencies. He has been employed by the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey for twenty eight years.

Mr. Hurley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in fire engineering, a Master's degree in administration, and a graduate certificate in public management. He is an adjunct professor at a New Jersey state university and regularly instructs classes for various government agencies and private industry. He also frequently lectures at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

During his career, Hurley has been commended on various occasions. Most notably, he has been awarded valor and heroism medals and exceptional service awards for his actions during the 1993 terrorist bombing of the World Trade Center and the terrorist attacks of September 11th.

Hurley is also an honorary member of the New York City Fire Department, holding the rank of Battalion Chief.

Liz Mellon
Liz Mellon

Executive Director, Duke Corporate Education

An executive director at Duke Corporate Education since 2004, Liz Mellon has designed and taught on programs for, among others, The New York Times, HSBC, Shell, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deutsche Bank, AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Credit Suisse First Boston, Rio Tinto, Unilever, Standard Bank and Schering AG.  She works on six continents (not Antarctica yet) and was recently tapped to assist Duke University's Fuqua School of Business in its redesign and launch of a more global Cross Continent MBA.  She coordinates Duke CE's efforts in social entrepreneurship in South Africa and India, and as a student of how to improve public sector leadership and ensure a pipeline of talent dedicated to the not-for-profit sector,

Mellon heads a Duke University pilot to address the challenge of the significant shortfall of health care workers in sub-Saharan Africa, aiming to create a template for sustainability.  Her research on finding best practices that could be transferred from the private to the not-for-profit sector was captured in her London Business School PhD on leaders' values and the book Managing Public Services

Biggs Porter
Biggs C. Porter

Chief Financial Officer, Tenet Healthcare

Biggs C. Porter serves as Chief Financial Officer of Tenet Healthcare Corporation.  Porter, 54, is in charge of the company’s finance, accounting, investor relations and related functions. Porter joined Tenet in June 2006 from Raytheon Co. where he served as Vice President and Corporate Controller.  He also served as Raytheon’s principal accounting officer.

Porter joined Raytheon as Vice President and Controller in May 2003 and served as acting Chief Financial Officer from April 2005 until March 2006.  From December 2000 to May 2003, he was Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller of TXU Corp., a large public utility based in Dallas.

Prior to December 2000, he held positions as Chief Financial Officer of Northrop Grumman Corporation’s integrated systems sector, Vice President, Controller and Assistant Treasurer of Vought Aircraft Company, and as corporate manager of external financial reporting for LTV Corporation.  From 1978 to 1987, he began his career in various audit positions with the accounting firm of Arthur Young and Co. in Dallas and Houston.

A certified public accountant, Porter holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Duke University and a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.  He has twice been selected as one of the 100 most influential people in finance by Treasury and Risk Magazine

Biggs Porter
David W. Rhode

Ernestine Friedl Professor of Political Science, Duke University and Director of the Political Institutions and Public Choice Program

David Rohde is the Ernestine Friedl Professor of Political Science  His research has included various aspects of American national politics, including the Congress, the presidency, the Supreme Court, and presidential and congressional elections.  He was editor of the American Journal of Political Science, and chair of the Legislative Studies Section of the American Political Science Association).  He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Rohde is the author of Parties and Leaders in the Postreform House (University of Chicago Press, 1991), and coauthor of a series of books each national election since 1980, the most recent of which is Change and Continuity in the 2004 and 2006 Elections. 

Current projects deal with parties in the House and Senate, congressional elections and districting, and the measurement of congressional roll-call voting.

Dov Seidman
Dov Seidman

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, LRN

Dov Seidman is a best-selling author and the Chairman and CEO of LRN.  Fourteen years ago Dov founded LRN with a vision of inspiring people to do the right thing. Today LRN provides comprehensive solutions to foster ethical leadership and improve corporate cultures for Disney, Dow, Proctor & Gamble and more than 350 others.  Dov is also the author of “HOW: Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything…in Business (and in Life)”, in which he argues that companies and individuals can win in the marketplace by literally outbehaving the competition.  Dov has been featured in a wide range of media including The New York Times, Good Morning America, The Charlie Rose Show, and The National Press Club.

Cynthia Smith
Cynthia Smith

Vice President, Human Resources, The Nature Conservancy

Cynthia Smith is the Vice President for Human Resources at The Nature Conservancy. As vice president, Cynthia oversees global remuneration, employee benefits, employee relations, talent management and training and learning. She also works with the board of directors to set the strategic direction for human resources globally.

Smith's distinguished 15-year career at the Conservancy has included positions with responsibility for performance management, compensation and recruitment, and regional HR operations. After a three-year absence in which she was director of human resources at IntraHealth International, Inc., an international nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable women and their families around the world, Smith re-joined the Conservancy in September 2005. Before that she served as assistant director of human resources for the University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics, and manager of wage and salary systems for the entire five-campus university system.

Smith holds a master's degree in public administration from the University of Missouri and a bachelor's in English from Southeast Missouri State University.

Daniel Verneer
Daniel Verneer

Executive Director, Corporate Sustainability Initiative, Duke University

Daniel Vermeer, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of Duke University's Corporate Sustainability Initiative (CSI). CSI's mission is to bring together business decision makers, academics, and other stakeholders to produce innovative sustainability strategies, and to design creative approaches to develop the next generation of sustainable business leaders. Dan comes to Duke from The Coca-Cola Company, where he led an enterprise-wide initiative to integrate sustainability into Coca-Cola's core business practices. Dan also founded and led Coca-Cola's Community Water Partnerships program, resulting in 125 public-private water projects in 50 countries, and designed an industry “gold standard” Water Risk Methodology. Dan's work at Coca-Cola also explored sustainability issues in the value chain, including upstream supply impacts and downstream retailer and consumer sustainability opportunities.

He is the founder and chief architect of the Global Water Challenge (GWC), a multi-partner organization for innovative water and sanitation initiatives, co-author of the CEO Water Mandate (signed by several Fortune 500 companies), and lead contributor to several policy documents issued through the World Economic Forum, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and the United Nations Foundation.

William C. Weldon
William C. Weldon

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Johnson & Johnson

William C. Weldon is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Johnson & Johnson, the world’s most comprehensive and broadly based health care products company.  Mr. Weldon assumed his current responsibilities in April, 2002.  Previously Mr. Weldon served as Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals Group, and a Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors.  He was elected to the Board in February, 2001.

Mr. Weldon joined Johnson & Johnson in 1971 in the sales and marketing department of its McNeil Pharmaceutical subsidiary.  In 1982 he was named manager, ICOM Regional Development Center in Southeast Asia.  Mr. Weldon was appointed executive vice president and managing director of Korea McNeil, Ltd., in 1984 and managing director of Ortho-Cilag Pharmaceutical, Ltd., in the U.K. in 1986.  In 1989, he was named vice president of sales and marketing at Janssen Pharmaceutica in the U.S., and in 1992 he was appointed president of Ethicon Endo-Surgery.  In 1995 Mr. Weldon was named a company group chairman of Johnson & Johnson and Worldwide Franchise Chairman of Ethicon Endo-Surgery, the Johnson & Johnson affiliate that develops new procedures for minimally-invasive surgery and designs related products.  In 1998 Mr. Weldon was promoted to the Executive Committee and named Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals Group.

Weldon is a member of the Board of Directors of JPMorgan Chase & Co. He is also Chairman of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, Vice Chair of The Business Council and a member of The Sullivan Commission on Diversity in the Health Professions Workforce. He also serves on the Liberty Science Center Chairman’s Advisory Council and as a member of the Board of Trustees for Quinnipiac University.  He previously served as Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).

Weldon is a graduate of Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut.

Richard West
Richard M. West

President and Chief Executive Officer, Advanced Liquid Logic

Richard M. West is currently Chief Executive Officer of his third life sciences startup. Advanced Liquid Logic is a Duke spinout developing a lab-on-a-chip for point-of-care medical diagnostics and other applications. Rich was previously founder and Chief Executive Officer of TriVirix, a venture-funded medical equipment contract manufacturer that he grew to over 500 employees. West has an engineering degree from Duke, an MBA, and a decade of general management experience.

West also serves on the Board for the Council for Entrepreneurial Development. He is a past Board Chairman of Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers (TROSA), a non-profit that serves recovering substance abusers, and teaches entrepreneurship in Duke’s MEM program.

Kevin M. White, Ph.D.
Kevin M. White, Ph.D.

Vice President and Director of Athletics, Duke University

Kevin White was named the seventh director of athletics in Duke University history on May 30, 2008. White previously served as director of athletics at Notre Dame since 2000, where he led Notre Dame's athletics program to success both on the playing fields and in the classroom. During his eight years at Notre Dame, the Irish claimed four national championships — women's basketball (2001); fencing (2003 and 2005) and women's soccer (2004).

He also has held a number of prominent national leadership roles within intercollegiate athletics, including his service in 2006-07 as president of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and in 2005-06 as president of the Division I-A Athletic Directors Association.

In August 2003, SI.com (the Sports Illustrated web site) listed White third in its rankings of the most powerful people in college football. In January 2004, The Sporting News listed him in its Power 100 as third among five names in the “front office” category (and the lone college athletics director among the 100).

White, who holds a Ph.D. in education, has taught graduate-level classes since 1982 and taught a sports business course in the management department of the Mendoza College of Business as part of Notre Dame's MBA program.

White is a 1972 graduate of St. Joseph 's College in Rensselaer , Ind.  He later earned a master's degree in 1976 from Central Michigan and a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois in 1983.

Alan Yuspeh
Alan Yuspeh

Senior Vice President and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA)

Alan Yuspeh is the Senior Vice President and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer for the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). HCA includes 170 hospitals and various other health care facilities. Prior to his 11 years with HCA, Mr. Yuspeh worked for 24 years in Washington, DC -- with McKinsey, as a large law firm partner, and in two senior positions on United States Senate staffs.

Yuspeh has also served as Coordinator (executive director) of the Defense Industry Initiative on Business Ethics and Conduct, as Chairman of the Board of Ethics for the City of Baltimore, and as president of the Health Care Compliance Association.

Yuspeh earned his BA degree at Yale, holds an MBA from Harvard, and completed his law degree at Georgetown.


2008 Conference Theme: Leading in Challenging Times: Overcoming Crisis, Sustaining Excellence, and Growing Intelligently


Our increasingly complex world poses new leadership challenges than those faced by our predecessors.  Because of the global market, political context, and the speed at which business moves, today's leaders face a myriad of issues.  These include internally inherited or externally generated crisis; new competitors, customers, and vendors; and a dramatically different workforce dynamic.  Even leaders of rapid growth organizations face challenges in expansion while remaining true to the organization's core mission, and those in highly successful organizations face challenges involving innovation and potential complacency.  This conference will bring these various issues to bear and present new perspectives on leading in challenging times.

Monday, October 20, 2008

5:30 PM - 7:45 PM


6:15 PM - 6:25 PM

Registration and 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
Lead Like No One is Watching

Martin E. Dempsey, Lieutenant General, Acting Commander, U.S. Military Central Command (USCENTCOM)

7:10 PM - 7:25 PM

The Washington Duke Inn

Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski
, Head Basketball Coach, Duke Men’s Basketball and Executive-in-Residence, Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics (COLE)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Registration and Breakfast
The Fox Center, Fuqua

9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Opening Session
Geneen Auditorium

William Boulding, Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Marketing, The  Fuqua School of Business, Duke University

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Geneen Auditorium

Lessons from the Music Industry: The Challenge of  Making Sense of a Radically Changing World

Michael Cohl, Former Chairman, Live Nation
Eric R. Greenspan, Partner, Myman Abell Fineman Fox Greenspan Light LLP
Moderator: Aaron Chatterji, Assistant Professor of Management, The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM


11:15 AM - 12:30 AM


Leading Across Cultural and Generational Divides

Ryan Allis, Chief Executive Officer and co-Founder, iContact
Janet Hill, Board Member, Sprint Nextel, Inc., Wendy’s International, Inc., and Dean Foods, Inc.
Moderator: James Emery, Ph.D., Research Director, Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics (COLE)

Leading Through Inspiration – Building an ethics and values-based organization

Dov Seidman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, LRN and Author, eHOW
Alan Yuspeh, Senior Vice President and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA)
Moderator: Wayne Norman, Mike and Ruth Mackowski Professor of Ethics, The Kenan Institute for Ethics and Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Leading Technology Innovation in Chaotic Times
Session developed in conjunction with the Master of Engineering Management Program, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University

John Glushik, General Partner, Intersouth Partners
Richard M. West, President and Chief Executive Officer, Advanced Liquid Logic
Moderator: Jeffery T. Glass, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Hogg Family Director of Engineering Management and Entrepreneurship, Duke University

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

The Fox Center, Fuqua

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Pulse on Leadership: Results from the Executive Leadership Survey

Session led by James Emery, Ph.D., Research Director, Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics (COLE)

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Practice Session in Cameron Stadium

Duke Men’s Basketball Training Practice
Led by Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski
Head Basketball Coach, Duke Men’s Basketball and Executive-in-Residence, Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics (COLE)

6:00 PM - 9:15 PM

Gala Dinner
Scharf Hall, Michael W. Krzyzewski Center for Academic & Athletic Excellence

Keynote Address
Leveraging a Broader View: Enhancing Leadership Effectiveness By Drawing on "Outside" Experiences

Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski , Head Coach, Duke Men's Basketball and Executive-in-Residence, Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics (COLE)
Kevin White, Ph.D. Vice President and Director of Athletics, Duke University

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

7:30 AM - 8:15 AM

The Fox Center, Fuqua

8:15 AM - 9:15 AM

Geneen Auditorium

The Financial Crisis

Campbell R. Harvey, J. Paul Sticht Professor of International Business, The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
David W. Rohde, Ernestine Friedl Professor of Political Science, Duke University
Moderator: Sim B. Sitkin, Professor of Management and Faculty Director, Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics (COLE)

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM



Sustaining Success When The Organizational Priorities Shift

Biggs C. Porter, Chief Financial Officer, Tenet Healthcare
Daniel Vermeer, Executive Director, Corporate Sustainability Initiative, Duke University
Moderator: Wendy W. Kuran, Associate Dean, The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University

Leading Through Crisis

Donald Friedman, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, CA, Inc.
Michael Hurley, Site Manager, World Trade Center
Moderator: Joseph N. G. LeBoeuf, Jr. (Col., U.S. Army, Ret.), Professor of the Practice of Management, The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University

Passionate Leadership and Other Gleanings from The Nature Conservancy
Session developed in conjunction with Duke Corporate Education

Liz Mellon, Executive Director, Duke Corporate Education
Cynthia Smith, Vice President, Human Resources, The Nature Conservancy

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM


10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Keynote Address
Geneen Auditorium

William C. Weldon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Johnson & Johnson

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Closing Summary Remarks
Geneen Auditorium

Sim B. Sitkin, Professor of Management and Faculty Director, Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics (COLE)

12:00 PM -12:45 PM

Deli Style Lunch
The Fox Center, Fuqua



Technology innovation is the life blood of many venture capital firms and start-up companies. Our society also depends on technological innovation and new venture activity for economic development and job creation. So how does this system respond to periods of high uncertainty and chaos? This panel will explore leading technology companies and early stage investment activities in today's uncertain climate. In addition to audience questions in this area, we will discuss such questions as;

  • How do new ventures manage the risk of such an uncertain environment?
  • As a leader of a young venture, how do you attract and motivate key employees when risk appears to be magnified by such a climate?
  • How does such a climate affect investment decisions in new technologies?
  • Can such a climate actually increase the opportunities to invest new technologies?
  • What areas of technology are particularly attractive or unattractive in this environment?


This session will present the preliminary reuslts from our recent survey of executives to identify perspectives on organizational leadership issues such as:

  • What are the top leadership challenges facing organizations?
  • What are the most important leadership skills for today's executives?
  • Which performance evaluation, training, and development programs are organizations using?
  • How do executives evaluate the effectiveness of leadership development activities?

The survey is conducted by the Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethcs (COLE) in partnership with John Wiley & Son's.


Whether imposed from without or inspired from within, change is a significant force in organizational life. Setting and communicating new organizational priorities and holding people accountable are among the core challenges of leadership. Drawing upon the insights and experiences of leaders whose careers have included turn-arounds and global initiatives in health care, defense contracting, consumer package goods and professional services, this panel will explore the leadership behaviors that help companies establish and achieve new priorities in times of both crisis and opportunity. In addition to audience questions in this area, we will discuss such questions as:

  • How does a leader help set new priorities and create buy-in and action in times of crisis?
  • What are the key similarities and differences between leading formally, from the top, as a C-Suite executive and leading informally, from "the side," as an internal change-maker?
  • What are the most successful communication strategies? What role do incentives play?
  • To what extent do you need to change organizational culture in addition to behavior? How can this be accomplished?
  • How can these lessons learned be applied to the new world companies find themselves in because of the world financial crisis?


Do your employees live the mission statement, are they naturally entrepreneurial, can they influence and collaborate across business units?  Mission-driven organizations such as The Nature Conservancy foster a collegial and results-driven culture while influencing NGOs, governments, and corporations who don't share their passion—a skill that for-profit corporations often lack.  Can we learn how they do it?  And how does the global war for talent affect us all, as we seek to build these skills?  Join a conversation between The Nature Conservancy's top human resources officer and Duke Corporate Education's executive director in charge of social entrepreneurship on what it means to lead with passion.