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Thursday, March 3, 2011

6:00 - 7:30pm - Welcome, Reception, Poster Session & Book Fair

Friday, March 4, 2011

7:00 - 7:55am - Continental Breakfast

8:00 - 8:45am - Martin Carver

Martin Carver

Martin Carver, Randall L. Tobias Chair and Principal of MG Consulting, LLC

Martin G. Carver is Principal of MG Consulting, LLC and former Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of Bandag, Inc., a Muscatine, Iowa-based company that provided retreading materials, equipment and tire management services to franchised dealers in more than 100 countries. Under Carver’s leadership, Bandag became the world’s largest supplier of material and equipment to the retreading industry. By 1994, Bandag had over 1,350 franchised dealers in 116 countries, giving the company a global footprint that ranked among the largest of any U.S. business. Carver visited dealers in nearly every country where Bandag was franchised, and his passion for learning from different cultures has never waned. A native of Muscatine, Carver earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Iowa in 1970. He earned an MBA from Indiana University in 1972.

9:00 - 9:45am - Frances Hesselbein

Holly Brower

Frances Hesselbein, President and CEO of the Leader to Leader Institute.

Leaders of the Future - Challenges and Opportunities

Frances Hesselbein, whose new book, My Life in Leadership: The Journey and Lessons Learned Along the Way, will be published in February, will share lessons learned along the way, and the new opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for leaders in the future. In 1998, Frances Hesselbein was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which recognized her leadership as CEO of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. from 1976-1990, her role as the Founding President of the Drucker Foundation, and her service as “a pioneer for women, volunteerism, diversity and opportunity.” She has served on two Presidential Commissions on National and Community Service. In 2009 she was appointed the Class of 1951 Chair for the Study of Leadership at the United States Military Academy at West Point, in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership.  She was the Chairman of the National Board of Directors for Volunteers of America from 2002-2006 and is the recipient of twenty honorary doctoral degrees.

10:00 - 10:45am - Paper Session I

11:00 - 11:45am - Richard Gunderman

Richard Gunderman

Richard Gunderman, Professor of Radiology, Pediatrics, Medical Education, Philosophy, Liberal Arts, and Philanthropy - Indiana University

Portrait of Leadership Gone Bad

Discussions of leadership often focus on the attributes of effective leaders and their desirable habits. In fact, however, we can learn as much from bad leaders as from good leaders. In some cases, leaders are merely ineffective and exert little influence. In others, they are highly influential but produce disastrous results. This presentation focuses on one of history’s best known leaders, who is also one of the most popular subjects of biography in world literature. What made him so effective, and why did he go so disastrously wrong?

Richard Gunderman is Professor of Radiology, Pediatrics, Medical Education, Philosophy, Liberal Arts, and Philanthropy at Indiana University, where he also serves as Vice Chair of Radiology. He is also a Fellow of the Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence and serves on the Board of Governors of the Institute for Advanced Study, the Kinsey Institute and the Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Medical Society.

11:50am - 12:50pm - Lunch

1:00 - 1:45pm - Paper Session II

2:00 - 3:00pm - Lyndia Downie and Max Klau

Jean Lipman-Blumen, Thorton F. Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Organizational Behavior







Max Klau, Senior Researcher for Leadership and Evaluation at City Year

Homelessness and High School Drop-outs

City Year is a national service and leadership development program headquartered in Boston that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service, giving them skills and opportunities to change the world while making a difference for at-risk children in schools and classrooms. During their year of service, corps members develop civic leadership skills they can use throughout a lifetime of community service.  Max Klau is a developmental psychologist with an expertise in leadership in complex systems.  He received his doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2005.  He has also conducted research exploring youth leadership, and served as the lead editor of an issue of the journal New Directions for Youth Development focused on that topic.

Lyndia Downie, President and Executive Director of Pine Street Inn

Ms. Downie has spent her entire professional career at Pine Street, celebrating her 25th anniversary in 2009. During her tenure as President, Lyndia has transformed Pine Street Inn, creating partnerships with other nonprofits, state legislators, business leaders and philanthropists to facilitate the organization’s work. With a $34 million budget and services provided at 32 sites, Pine Street is the largest agency in New England serving homeless individuals. It offers a full continuum of services ranging from street outreach, emergency shelter, and job training, to permanent housing services with on-site support for more than 1,300 homeless individuals and a small number of families every day. She has increased the Inn’s affordable housing development by 60% in her nearly 10 years as president. Her collaboration with other key agencies and the City of Boston has resulted in a five-year, 30% decrease in the number of chronically homeless people living in shelters.

3:15 - 4:00 - Wallace Renfro

Richard Gunderman

Wallace Renfro, NCAA Vice President and Chief Policy Advisor

What will drive us: An examination of values as a balance point between self-interest and self-denial in decision making

Wallace Renfro has worked more than four decades in the communications and public relations field, including nearly 40 years at the National Collegiate Athletic Association. He has served in various public relations functions with the NCAA and was Director of Public Relations from 1997 until his departure in June 2002 to form Renfro & Associates Communications Solutions, LLC. Renfro returned to the Association in January 2003 as Senior Advisor to new NCAA President Myles Brand and has continued to serve in that capacity with the interim administration. In January 2011, he was named Vice President and Chief Policy Advisor with a broad portfolio to address critical issues within intercollegiate athletics and the Association’s national office. Renfro has served as a spokesperson for the NCAA in every major-market newspaper in the country; has participated in hundreds of television and radio interviews; and has media trained senior management for interviews on HBO Real Sports, ESPN Outside the Lines, FOX Sports News, 20/20, Court TV, CNN and CBS 60 Minutes; has. His op-eds and columns have been published in USA Today, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a number of other publications.

4:15 - 5:00 - James Clawson

James G. S. Clawson

James G. S. Clawson, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia 

Level Three Leadership: New Lens on an Old Problem

Professor Clawson will offer provocative concepts regarding the challenges of leading amidst a sea of human habituality, self-leadership, the relationship between feel and performance and a framework for strategic thinking. These thoughts will likely include questions you’ve never been asked before and what Mr. Clawson believes to be the most important question in life.


Saturday, March 5, 2011

8:30 - 8:45am - Paper Session III

9:00 - 9:45am - Steve Campbell

Mary Gentile

Steve Campbell, President of Campbell Strategies, LLC and former Deputy Mayor of Indianapolis

Governmental Leadership in the 21st Century

Steve Campbell is the president of Campbell Strategies LLC, an Indianapolis-based communications and strategy development firm.  Campbell, the former deputy mayor of Indianapolis, also is an adjunct instructor at the Indiana University School of Journalism in Indianapolis.

9:30 - 10:15am - Kevin Armstrong and Greg Jones

L. Gregory Jones

L. Gregory Jones, Vice President and Vice Provost for Global Strategy and Programs, Professor of Theology, Duke University, and Kevin Armstrong, Senior Pastor, North United Methodist Church

Leadership as Crossing Borders 

Drawing on their experience in the academic and public spheres, Jones and Armstrong will explore how today's leaders must be willing to cross borders to those who are different, those who have been identified as"enemies" or those who've simply been dismissed as people who think differently. The only way in which taking a standwill really be transformative for the world is if vital leaders are also willing to risk crossing borders. L. Gregory Jones is Vice President and Vice Provost for Global Strategy and Programs at Duke University. Kevin R. Armstrong is Senior Pastor at North United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. They are co-authors of Resurrecting Excellence: Shaping Faithful Christian Ministry (Eerdmans, 2006).

10:30 - 11:15 - Mary Gentile

Mary Gentile

Mary Gentile, Senior Research Scholar at Babson College and director of the business curriculum, Giving Voice to Values.

Giving Voice to Values: The "How" of Business Ethics

Mary Gentile will share a groundbreaking new approach to preparing business managers and leaders for values-driven decision making. . Rather than a focus on ethical analysis, Giving Voice to Values focuses on ethical implementation and asks the question: “What if I were going to act on my values? What would I say and do? How could I be most effective?” Giving Voice to Values holds the promise to transform the foundational assumptions upon which the teaching of business ethics is based, and importantly, to equip future business leaders to not only know what is right — but how to make it happen.


11:30am - 12:00pm - Closing Remarks

12:00pm - Box Lunch Pick-Up