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Building World-Class Leadership Teams Focus of Fuqua/Coach K Conference

October 03, 2007

DURHAM, N.C. –-  Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business will host the sixth annual Fuqua School of Business and Coach K Leadership Conference on October 15-17. Convened by the Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership & Ethics (COLE), the conference will gather 25 prominent business leaders in faculty-moderated sessions to share their thoughts on best practices for fostering leadership in their organizations.  

“Leadership is a skill that can be learned and developed,” said Sim Sitkin, COLE’s Faculty Director. “To lead with integrity and ethics requires intense commitment, reflection and understanding. The Fuqua and Coach K Leadership Conference provides an opportunity for business leaders to stay abreast of innovation and emerging trends that will expand their leadership skills beyond technical expertise.”

This year’s conference theme, “Building World-Class Leadership Teams,” is reflected in a wide range of panel discussions, keynote addresses, and breakout sessions. Session topics will include: building ethical teams; creating a culture of innovation; making effective execution the core competency of your team; identifying and developing entrepreneurial leadership teams; and what teaching hospitals can teach business about building world-class leaderships teams.

Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, who is also the coach of the U.S. national team, will deliver a keynote on adaptability and leadership. A new session for this year will feature a dialogue between Fuqua Dean Blair Sheppard and John Allison IV, chairman and CEO of BB&T, on current and future business needs centering on leadership capabilities.  

Other keynote speakers include Joseph Hogan, CEO, GE Healthcare; G. Kennedy Thompson, chairman, CEO and president, Wachovia Corporation; and Mellody L. Hobson, president, Aerial Capital Management, LLC.

Partner organizations supporting the 2007 Leadership Conference include: Aramark, American Express, CNN, Cushman & Wakefield, Financial Times, Heidrick & Struggles, CNN, and Mass Mutual Financial Group.

For complete details on the conference, as well as registration information, visit www.conferenceonleadership.com   or contact Tejumade Ajasa at tajasa@duke.edu or 919-660-7792.

The Fuqua/Coach K Center of Leadership & Ethics (COLE) was established by The Fuqua School of Business, in collaboration with the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke and the Duke Athletics Department, to advance leadership and ethics through research and education. 

The mission of The Fuqua School of Business is to provide the highest quality education for business and academic leaders, and promote the advancement of the understanding and practice of management through research.