Sunday, Jan. 22

1:00–2:30 PM
Welcome and Opening Key Session
Every Conversation Counts

Riaz Meghji, Host, "Breakfast Television Vancouver"

We need to build meaningful relationships to be successful. To build meaningful relationships, we need to have meaningful conversations. Riaz Meghji documents the memorable conversations that some of the world's most fascinating figures have engaged in to achieve success and—more importantly—realize their true sense of purpose.

Through intimate interviews, he uncovers what makes for great, life-changing social intercourse. And, he explains how simple conversation rules—learn something new, let someone know they matter, introduce an idea—can change everything. Meghji takes a candid and far-ranging look at how creative conversations have the potential to reinvent your business, reenergize your brand and further develop your career. A conversation can change everything or nothing. It's up to you.

Monday, Jan. 23
9:00–10:30 AM
Key Session
The Need for Strategic Agility

Kathy Pearson, President, Enterprise Learning Solutions and Adjunct Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania

Every organization, whether publicly traded or privately held, whether large or small, must balance the need for positive short-term results and positive long-term results. Fundamentally, the management behaviors and practices for meeting short-term objectives are vastly different than those necessary to meet long-term objectives, and often senior leaders must excel in both areas.

Using research and real-world examples from industry to validate the concepts, Kathy Pearson outlines the challenges in managing the uncertainty of the future and the need for agility and adaptability.

Tuesday, Jan. 24
8:30–10:00 AM
Key Session 
A Garden of Leaders

Paul Woodruff, Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Texas at Austin

Every institution wants to claim that it prepares its students for leadership, and your school probably has good evidence—from the careers of your graduates—to support the claim. But, aside from military schools, few give much thought to what they are actually doing in the classroom to yield such results—or out of it.

A good school helps every kind of student grow toward leadership by giving every student a chance to lead, and by hiring people who set good examples of leadership. In good schools, classroom activities foster leadership. Outside the classroom, teams and student organizations develop leadership under the fine mentoring good schools provide. Independent schools are especially well adapted for these roles because they typically allow students a high degree of independence in and out of the classroom. In addition, such schools are especially good at teaching the communication skills that leaders need, along with the values that make leaders trustworthy.

Paul Woodruff draws on his experience as a student and as a teacher to demonstrate how top schools inspire as they educate, sending leaders out into the real world.

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