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Duke Forms Three-Way Partnership to Hold Leadership Conference Featuring CEOs, Coach K, and Faculty

April 24, 2002

DURHAM, NC-Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, Duke's Athletics Department, and Duke Corporate Education Inc. will present The Coach K/ Fuqua School of Business Conference on Leadership August 21-23 on the Durham campus.

"Never before have we worked this closely with other parts of Duke to make a major contribution to the understanding of leadership both in the corporate board room and on the basketball court, " Duke Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "There are valuable lessons on leadership that our speakers have learned in both places, and that is what we hope to impart to our audiences in August."

Fuqua Dean Douglas T. Breeden said, "We were working separately on this subject of leadership earlier this year but came together when we learned about each other's plans. We admire what Coach K has written about leadership in his two best-selling books, and we know a lot as well. This is an extraordinary opportunity for us to pass that along."

"I have never seen a stronger group of speakers and sponsors come together on this topic," according to Duke Corporate Education CEO Blair Sheppard. "From Wednesday night through Friday night, the variety and depth of the conference will be unequaled."

The kickoff address on leadership will be given by Coach K Wednesday night Aug. 21 in a speech in newly air-conditioned Cameron Indoor Stadium.

On Thursday, Aug. 22 at Fuqua, a series of keynote addresses and panel discussions will feature:

Stephen Cooper, the restructuring specialist who is the interim CEO of Enron; Ivan G. Seidenberg, co-CEO and president of Verizon Communications; John J.Mack, CEO of Credit Suisse First Boston; G. R. Wagoner, Jr., CEO of General Motors; Alan D. Schwartz, co-president of Bear Stearns; Robert Ingram, chief operating officer and president, pharmaceutical operations, of GlaxoSmithKline; James M. Benson, president of MetLife individual life insurance; Betsy Holden, co-CEO of Kraft Foods; Martin Luther King III, president and CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; Mark V. Hurd, president of NCR and COO of its Teradata Division; and Laurence Kirshbaum, chairman and CEO of AOL Time Warner Book Group.

Topics include: Leadership in Turnaround Firms; Leadership in Mergers; Leadership and Social Responsibility; Ethics, Compensation, and Balancing Disclosure vs Company Secrets; and Leadership in Sports Management.

Thursday night Aug. 22, there will be a Coach K Celebrity Roast in Page Auditorium featuring former Duke basketball players and celebrities from the worlds of entertainment and sports. Jay Bilas, a former Duke basketball star and current ESPN commentator, will be master of ceremonies for the roast.

A Charity Celebrity Golf tournament, hosted by UPS, will be held Friday Aug. 23 at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club.

That night the conference will conclude with the second annual Duke Basketball All-Star Charity Game featuring Duke alumni battling other NBA stars in Cameron. As with the roast of Coach K, donations will be made to the Emily Krzyzewski Family Life Center in Durham, which is named for the coach's late mother, and to the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership Initiative.

Sponsors of the three-day conference are Credit Suisse First Boston, FORTUNE magazine, AOL Time Warner Book Group, GlaxoSmithKline, Kraft Foods, the Teradata division of NCR, Nike, and the State of North Carolina Department of Commerce. The Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club is the official host hotel of the conference.

Registration is $1,000 for the leadership conference the night of Aug. 21 and all day August 22. Tickets to the roast, golf tournament, and basketball game will go on sale separately beginning June 3 through the Duke Ticket Office.

To register or get more information, telephone 1-800-375-7566 or
go online at www.fuqua.duke.edu/conference.