Past Dean's Innovative Leader Series Speakers

Mostafa Terrab SM ’82 & PhD ’90

CEO
OCP
Monday, February 10, 2014
Wong Auditorium, 12 Noon
Light lunch available

Severin Schwan

CEO
Roche
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Wong Auditorium, 12 Noon
Light lunch available

Ann Fudge

Former CEO
Young and Rubicam
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Wong Auditorium, 12 Noon
Light lunch available

Tom Siebel

CEO
C3 Energy
Friday, Octeober 11, 2013
Wong Auditorium, 12 Noon

Carlos Brito

CEO
Anheuser Busch InBev
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Wong Auditorium, 12 Noon

John Krafcik, SM ’88

President and Chief Executive Officer
Hyundai Motor America
Monday, April 29, 2013
Wong Auditorium, 12 Noon

John Krafcik, president and chief executive officer of Hyundai Motor America, is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the company’s operations in the United States.

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Brian Mullaney

Co-founder & CEO, WonderWork
Co-founder & former CEO, Smile Train
April 12, 2013
Wong Auditorium, 12 Noon

Brian Mullaney is CEO and Co-founder of WonderWork. WonderWork is a new charity that helps children suffering with medical challenges that can be solved through quick and inexpensive surgery. Previously, Mr. Mullaney helped create and manage Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft charity.

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Ilene Gordon, SB ’75, SM ’76

Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Ingredion, Inc.
March 7, 2013
Wong Auditorium, 12 Noon

Ilene Gordon joined Ingredion Incorporated (NYSE: INGR), formerly Corn Products International, in May 2009 as chairman, president and chief executive officer. A FORTUNE 500 company, Ingredion reached $6.2 billion revenue in 2011 and has more than 11,000 employees. The Company produces nature–based ingredient solutions for food, beverage, brewing and industrial customers around the world.

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Robin Chase, SM '86

Founder and CEO, Buzzcar
November 19, 2012
Wong Auditorium, 12 Noon
Light lunch, 11:30am.

Robin Chase is founder and CEO of Buzzcar, a service that brings together car owners and drivers in a carsharing marketplace. Buzzcar.com empowers individuals to take control of their mobility, without looking to governments or big businesses for solutions. Robin is also founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest carsharing company in the world, and GoLoco, an online ridesharing community.

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Joseph "Jay" Hooley

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer State Street Corporation

Mr. Hooley oversees one of the world’s leading providers of financial services to institutional investors. Since joining State Street in 1986, Mr. Hooley has held a number of diverse leadership positions with increasing responsibility. He was named Chairman and CEO in 2010 following Chairman and CEO, Ronald Logue’s retirement.

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Kevin Kennedy

Kevin Kennedy

President and CEO, Avaya
September 27, 2012

Kevin Kennedy is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Avaya, a leading global provider of next-generation business collaboration and communications solutions.

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Guler Sabancı

Güler Sabancı

Chairman and Managing Director, Sabancı Holding
May 4, 2012

Co-Sponsored by the Office of External Relations and the MIT Leadership Center

Güler Sabancı is Chairman and Managing Director of Sabancı Holding, the parent company of the Sabancı Group, Turkey’s leading industrial and financial conglomerate.

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Dominic Barton

Dominic Barton

Global Managing Director, McKinsey & Company
March 1, 2012

Dominic Barton is the Global Managing Director of McKinsey & Company. In his 25 years with the firm, Dominic has advised clients in a range of industries—including banking, consumer goods, high tech and industrial—but his core area of work is in financial sector development and reform.

Prior to his current role, Dominic was McKinsey’s Chairman of Asia from 2004–2009, based in Shanghai, and he led McKinsey’s office in Korea from 2000–2004.

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Marjorie Mun Tak Yang

Marjorie Yang, SB ’74

Chairman, Esquel Group
November 29, 2011

Marjorie Yang is Chairman of Esquel Group, a leading textile and apparel manufacturer with operations throughout the world.

Marjorie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in pure mathematics from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She was appointed Chairman of the Esquel Group in 1995. Ms. Yang is one of the world’s most successful businesswomen, named in the FORTUNE top 50 Most Powerful Women in Business 2009.

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Eric E. Schmidt

Eric E. Schmidt

Executive Chairman, Google
November 15, 2011

Co-sponsored by the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence in honor of the Center’s 5th anniversary

Since joining Google in 2001, Eric Schmidt has helped grow the company from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology. As executive chairman, he is responsible for the external matters of Google: building partnerships and broader business relationships, government outreach and technology thought leadership, as well as advising the CEO and senior leadership on business and policy issues.

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Gary Hirshberg

Gary Hirshberg

Chairman, President, and CE-Yo, Stonyfield Farm
September 28, 2011

Gary Hirshberg is currently the Chairman, President, and CE-Yo of Stonyfield Farm, the world’s leading organic yogurt producer. He is the author of Stirring It Up: How to Make Money and Save the World and a frequent speaker on topics including sustainability, climate change, sustainable economic development, organic agriculture, and the profitability of green and socially responsible business.

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Ellen J. Kullman

Ellen J. Kullman

Chair of the Board & Chief Executive Officer, Dupont
September 26, 2011

Ellen Kullman, 54, is chair of the board and chief executive officer of DuPont. She is the 19th executive to lead the company in more than 207 years of DuPont history.

Ellen became CEO on Jan.1, 2009, and chair of the board on Dec. 31 that year. She was president from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, 2008. Prior to that, she served as executive vice president and a member of the company’s office of the chief executive.

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Roger Agnelli

Roger Agnelli

Former CEO, Vale
September 14, 2011

Roger Agnelli served as CEO and President of Vale from 2001 through 2011. Under Agnelli’s leadership, Vale grew to become the second largest diversified mining company in the world and Brazil’s largest exporter with a market capitalization of $180 billion with operations in 32 countries, and 145,000 employees globally. Today, Vale is the largest producer of iron ore and nickel in the world, and is a major producer of copper, manganese, aluminum, coal, potash, phosphate, and energy in addition to exploring for oil, and gas.

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Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger

Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger

Pilot, US Airways (ret.)
April 28, 2011

Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger, III is the heroic pilot who masterfully landed US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River and saved the lives of 155 people. Captain of what has been dubbed the “Miracle on the Hudson,” Sullenberger is an aviation safety expert and accident investigator who also is the founder and chief executive officer of Safety Reliability Methods, a consulting company dedicated to management, safety, performance and reliability consulting.

Sullenberger was born and raised in Denison, Texas. After high school, he enrolled at the United States Air Force Academy to pursue his childhood love of aviation.

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Jack Welch

Jack Welch

Founder - Jack Welch Management Institute
April 26, 2011

Jack Welch is the author of Winning, a #1 Wall Street Journal and international bestseller. In 2001, he wrote his #1 New York Times and also international best-selling autobiography, Jack: Straight from the Gut. From 2005 – 2009, together with his wife Suzy Welch, he wrote a widely read weekly column, The Welch Way. This column appeared in BusinessWeek magazine and was published by the New York Times syndicate and appeared in more than 45 major newspapers around the world, reaching more than 8 million readers. He recently launched the “Jack Welch Management Institute,” a unique online MBA program aimed at giving students around the world and at every career level the tools to transform their lives and the organizations of the future.

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Ursula M. Burns

Ursula M. Burns

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Xerox Corporation
March 3, 2011

Burns joined Xerox in 1980 as a mechanical engineering summer intern and later assumed roles in product development and planning. From 1992 through 2000, Burns led several business teams including the office color and fax business and office network printing business. In 2000, she was named senior vice president, Corporate Strategic Services, heading up manufacturing and supply chain operations. She then took on the broader role of leading Xerox's global research as well as product development, marketing and delivery. In April 2007, Burns was named president of Xerox, expanding her leadership to also include the company's IT organization, corporate strategy, human resources, corporate marketing and global accounts. At that time, she was also elected a member of the company's Board of Directors. Burns was named chief executive officer in July 2009 and assumed the role of chairman of the company on May 20, 2010.

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Ellyn McColgan

Ellyn McColgan

Director, Primerica, Inc., and Executive Advisor, Aquiline-LLC
February 24, 2011

Ellyn McColgan has been a senior executive in the financial services industry for over 25 years. She is widely recognized as a transformational leader and is known for her ability to build successful businesses with a commitment to outstanding service delivery. Ellyn is an inspirational speaker and is frequently asked to address the subject of how leadership values drive business results.

Ellyn began her career in the industry with Shearson American Express after graduating from Harvard Business School in 1983. She joined Fidelity Investments in 1990 where she worked for 17 years developing an expertise in growing the retail and institutional distribution businesses.

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Orit Gadiesh

Orit Gadiesh

Chairman, Bain & Company
February 14, 2011

Orit Gadiesh is widely acknowledged as an expert on management and corporate strategy. As Chairman of Bain & Company, the global strategy consulting firm, Ms. Gadiesh has worked with hundreds of CEOs and senior executives of major international companies on strategy development and the implementation of change within the corporation.

Ms. Gadiesh has advised top level management in structuring and managing portfolios, developing and implementing global strategy, executing turnarounds, improving organizational effectiveness, determining marketing channel and supply chain strategies, designing both cost reduction and growth programs.

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Dan Akerson

Dan Akerson

CEO, General Motors
February 10, 2011

Daniel F. Akerson was elected chief executive officer of General Motors Company on August 11, 2010. He became CEO effective September 1. Prior to joining General Motors, Akerson was a managing director of The Carlyle Group and the head of global buyout. He served on the firm's executive committee and was based in Washington, D.C. He joined the GM board of directors July 24, 2009.

Akerson is a seasoned executive with extensive operating and management experience, having served as chairman, chief executive officer, or president of several major companies, including General Instrument, MCI, Nextel, and XO Communications.

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José María Aznar

José María Aznar

Former Prime Minister, Spain
December 6, 2010

José María Alfredo Aznar López became Prime Minister of Spain in 1996, following the electoral victory of the Partido Popular (Popular Party). He was re-elected in 2000 and led the country until 2004, when he voluntarily chose not to run for office again.

Throughout his two terms as Prime Minister, Aznar led an important process of economic and social reform. During his tenure, almost five million jobs were created in Spain, the Spanish GDP increased 64 percent over eight years, and the public deficit decreased from an alarming 6 percent of GDP to a balanced budget.

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Tom Glocer

Tom Glocer

CEO, Thomson Reuters
September 23, 2010

Tom Glocer is Chief Executive Officer of Thomson Reuters, the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. It combines unmatched industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, healthcare, science and media markets, powered by the world's most trusted news organization.

Mr. Glocer joined Reuters Group in 1993 as Vice President and Deputy Counsel, Reuters America. He held a number of senior leadership positions at Reuters, including President of Reuters LatAm and Reuters America, before being named CEO of Reuters Group PLC in July 2001.

He is a director of Merck & Co., Inc., and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Board of Directors of the Partnership for New York City, the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, the Columbia College Board of Visitors, the President's Council on International Activities at Yale University, the Advisory Board of the Judge Institute of Management at Cambridge University, the European Business Leaders Council, the International Advisory Board of British American Business Inc., the International Business Advisory Council London, and the Madison Council of the Library of Congress.

Mr. Glocer holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Columbia University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

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John W. Henry

John W. Henry

Chairman, John W. Henry & Co., Inc.
Principal Owner, Boston Red Sox
(in conversation with Professor Phil Cooper)
May 3, 2010

In February of 2002, John W. Henry and his partners purchased the Boston Red Sox and its affiliates, creating New England Sports Ventures, LLC. As principal owner, Mr. Henry heads New England Sports Ventures which owns the Boston Red Sox; Fenway Sports Group; certain real estate, including Fenway Park; and the New England Sports Network. He also serves on Major League’s Baseball’s Executive Council, a number of various MLB committees and is a board member of MLB.com.

After purchasing the Red Sox, Mr. Henry and his partners created the Red Sox Foundation, which has quickly become a powerful philanthropic force with the help of support by Red Sox ownership, staff, Red Sox players, and fans. Since 2002, the Red Sox Foundation has donated over $30 million to non-profit programs focused on health, education, recreation and social service programs serving at-risk children and their families in New England.

In 2007, Fenway Sports Group partnered with Roush Racing of NASCAR to form Roush Fenway Racing -- the first time that owners of a professional franchise in one of the four major leagues have crossed over into the world of NASCAR. The partnership provides both organizations with the necessary resources to remain competitive at the highest levels of their respective sports.

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Bill Porter SF ‘67

Bill Porter SF ‘67

Co-Founder & Chairman Emeritus
E*TRADE Financial Corporation
(in conversation with Prof. Howard Anderson)
April 28, 2010

William A. Porter is a founder and the first Chairman of ISE. His career is marked by significant innovation, having conceived and developed several new technology-based businesses. Mr. Porter is co-founder and chairman emeritus of E*TRADE, the very first real-time online electronic brokerage service, which he established in 1992 and has since led the industry in bringing unmatched efficiencies and cost-savings to the investing public. Beginning in 1980, Mr. Porter conceived and implemented several new financial services, including the first online financial management service bureau. Mr. Porter is also a Managing Member of Casey Securities, LLC.

Mr. Porter has held numerous senior management positions, including Chairman of Trelleborg Rubber Company, President of Tretorn Shoes, President of Commercial Electronics Incorporated, as well as several senior-level positions in the science and technology arena. He holds 14 patents, having developed a number of electronic devices and processes. These include the first shoulder-mounted backpack broadcast color TV camera; the first electronic diesel-electric locomotive check-out system; the first infrared horizon sensor for satellite stabilization; and several other breakthroughs still in use today in a variety of fields.

Today, Mr. Porter is retired on the island of Kaua'i, Hawai'i, but he is far from truly retired! In Kaua'i, he has ventured into the world of agriculture by founding Kaua'i Fresh Farms, the island's only large-scale hydroponic tomato, lettuce and cucumber farm; and by planting 205-acres of tropical mahogany hardwoods, the largest mahogany hardwoods plantation in North America. Mr. Porter is also in the midst of developing and building an innovative blend of Hawaiian botanical gardens with miniature golf course, as well as a small outdoor amphitheater venue in Kaua'i. He, his wife Joan, and their babies Andara and MJ (two Bernese Mountain dogs), continue to remain very busy!

Mr. Porter has a M.S. in Management from MIT, where he was a Sloan Fellow; a M.S. in Physics from Kansas State College; and a B.A. in Mathematics from Adams State College.

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Raymond Offenheiser

Raymond Offenheiser

President
Oxfam America
April 21, 2010

Raymond Offenheiser has been President of Oxfam America for thirteen years. During his tenure, he has overseen the growth of Oxfam America from a small non-profit agency into a recognized world leader in the global social justice movement. Under his direction, Oxfam America has increased its annual budget fivefold to $75 million, substantial increased its’ donor base and created a diverse and highly professional staff.

Recently Mr. Offenheiser joined a high level group of think tanks to promote the modernization of foreign assistance. The intent is to replace the Kennedy and Cold War era vision for American aid with a new strategy, mandate, legislation and structure to guide America’s international aid efforts into the 21st century.

Mr. Offenheiser has also positioned Oxfam America as a leading actor in the field of corporate social responsibility by initiating the Private Sector division at Oxfam America. Under his leadership, Oxfam America has initiated a variety of innovative partnerships with Fortune 500 corporations.

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Edmund F. (Ted) Kelly, PhD ‘70

Edmund F. (Ted) Kelly, PhD ‘70

Chairman, President & CEO
Liberty Mutual
March 31, 2010

Ted Kelly was elected Chairman of Liberty Mutual in April of 2000. Mr. Kelly joined Liberty Mutual in 1992 as President and Chief Operating Officer, and was elected Chief Executive Officer in 1998.

Mr. Kelly has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Liberty Mutual Group since 1992. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America; a member of the boards of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, the EMC Corporation, the American Ireland Fund, the Insurance Information Institute; and he serves on various other community and education boards. In addition, Mr. Kelly is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Born in Ireland, Mr. Kelly graduated from Queen's University in Belfast and obtained his Ph.D. in mathematics MIT in 1970.

Paul Sagan

Paul Sagan

President & CEO
Akamai
February 18, 2010

Paul Sagan, president and CEO of Akamai, joined the company in October 1998. Mr. Sagan was elected to the Akamai Board of Directors in January 2005, and he became CEO in April 2005. He brings to Akamai the experience of leading visionary technology companies and media businesses and a wealth of management experience.

Previously, Mr. Sagan served as senior advisor to the World Economic Forum from 1997 to 1998, consulting to the Geneva-based organization on information technology for the world's 1,000 foremost multinational corporations.

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Jeffrey Hollender

Jeffrey Hollender

Co-founder & Executive Chair
Seventh Generation
November 17, 2009

This event is open to the MIT Community; Co-Sponsored with the Sustainability@Sloan Speaker Series.

Seventh Generation is quickly becoming the world's most trusted brand of safe and environmentally-responsible products for the home. As Chief Inspired Protagonist, Co-founder, and Executive Chairperson of Seventh Generation, Jeffrey is a well-respected leader in the socially and environmentally responsible communities. He has led Seventh Generation from its humble beginnings to its current position as the leading and fastest-growing brand of natural products for the home, and the leading authority on issues related to making a positive difference in the health of the planet and its inhabitants through everyday choices.

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S.D. Shibulal

S.D. Shibulal

Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, Infosys Technologies, Ltd.
October 27, 2009

This event is open to the MIT Community

What started as a group of entrepreneurial software professionals twenty-eight years ago is today a global leader in information technology and consulting services. Infosys Technologies Limited has been recognized by many as one of the world’s most innovative companies. S.D. Shibulal is one of the co-founders and member of the Board of Directors and has served as the company’s Chief Operating Office since April 2007. Join us for Shibulal’s reflections on his extraordinary journey with Infosys and discussion around leading during times of crisis.

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Larry Fish and Simon Johnson

Lawrence K. Fish

Former Chairman and CEO
Citizens Financial Group, Inc.
In conversation with:
Simon Johnson
Ronald A. Kurtz (1954) Professor of Entrepreneurship Professor of Global Economics and Management MIT Sloan School of Management
September 24, 2009

This event is open to the MIT Community

On September 24, 2009, two of the nation’s leading financial experts will discuss their perspectives about the current state of the economy, where it is headed, and what it means for the industry and financial job market.

About the speakers:
Larry Fish is the Former Chairman and CEO of Citizens Financial Group, Inc., a multi-state commercial bank holding company headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island. Under Fish's leadership, CFG has grown 30-fold since he joined the company in 1992. It is one of the 10 largest commercial bank holding companies in the United States in total assets and deposits. Fish has over 35 years of experience in the financial industry and has served as a leader on several federal and international financial advisory boards including the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the Federal Advisory Council.
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Simon Johnson is the Ronald A. Kurtz (1954) Professor of Entrepreneurship at MIT Sloan School of Management. He is also a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C., a co-founder of BaselineScenario.com, a widely cited website on the global economy, and is a member of the Congressional Budget Office's Panel of Economic Advisers. Mr. Johnson appears regularly on NPR's Planet Money podcast in the Economist House Calls feature, is a weekly contributor to NYT.com's Economix, and has a video blog feature on The New Republic's website. He is co-director of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) project on Africa and President of the Association for Comparative Economic Studies. From March 2007 through the end of August 2008, Professor Johnson was the International Monetary Fund's Economic Counselor (chief economist) and Director of its research department. At the IMF, Professor Johnson led the global economic outlook team, helped formulate innovative responses to worldwide financial turmoil, and was among the earliest to propose new forms of engagement for sovereign wealth funds.
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Linda A. Mason

Linda A. Mason

Chair, Mercy Corps
Chairman and Co-Founder
Bright Horizons Family Solutions
May 7, 2009

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Linda Mason is Chair of Mercy Corps, a $300 million international relief and development agency, operating in 37 countries serving 17 million people, with major programs in some of the most difficult environments in the world including Iraq, Afghanistan, Darfur, Somalia, and North Korea, among others. Ms. Mason is engaged with the strategy and development of the agency, serves a representational role abroad with foreign governments and at home, and develops support, visibility, and funding.

As chairman and co-founder, Ms. Mason has spent a large part of her career creating and building Bright Horizons Family Solutions, now a $1.3 billion education company. As the largest world-wide provider of worksite child care and early education, Bright Horizons operates more than 650 high quality child development centers for employers in 40 states and Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Canada. Clients include the US General Services Administration, United Nations, European Commission, Time Warner, Cisco Systems, IBM, Yale University, MIT, Universal Studios, and Paramount Pictures, among others. Bright Horizons also operates eight elementary schools, private and charter. The company employs 19,000 people and serves more than 80,000 families. Bright Horizons was selected by Fortune magazine in January 2009 for the 10th time as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For in America”.

Ms. Mason also co-founded Horizons for Homeless Children, a Boston-based organization that serves the needs of homeless children throughout New England. HHC has trained over 9,500 volunteers to work in 150 playspaces established by HHC in homeless shelters. In addition, HHC operates 3 full-service childcare centers for homeless children, also providing assistance to mothers to reach self-sufficiency. HHC is a national model for the care and early education of homeless children.

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Martin D. Madaus, Ph.D

Martin D. Madaus, PhD

Chairman of the Board, President, CEO
Millipore Corporation
April 9, 2009

This event is open to the MIT Community

Martin D. Madaus is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Millipore Corporation. Millipore, headquartered in Billerica, MA, is a global Life Science Tools company with revenues of approximately $1.5 billion. The company focuses on two business segments: biopharmaceutical manufacturing and life science research and analytical laboratories. The Bioprocess Division offers solutions that enable development and manufacturing of biologics. The Bioscience Division provides high performance products and application insights that improve laboratory productivity.

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Robert McDonald

Robert A. (Bob) McDonald

Chief Operating Officer
Procter & Gamble
March 3, 2009

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As Chief Operating Officer of The Procter & Gamble Company, Bob McDonald is focused on leveraging the scale of Procter & Gamble's $76.5-billion global business and building the organization's capabilities to generate sustainable value for consumers, customers and investors. He oversees all global operations and corporate functions including on-the-ground operations in more than 80 countries. Reporting to Mr. McDonald are the executive officers for Global Operations, Human Resources, R&D, Product Supply, External Relations, Information Technology, Marketing, Strategic Planning, and Customer Business Development.

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Emmanuel P. Maceda, SM ’89

Emmanuel P. Maceda, SM ’89

Chairman, Asia Pacific Region,
Bain & Company
February 18, 2009

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As chairman of the Asia Pacific region and a member of the global operating committee of Bain & Company, Maceda specializes in working with large corporate transformations involving strategy, reengineering, cost reduction, operational improvement, and organizational effectiveness. Join us as Maceda shares his perspective on how companies can deal with uncertainty and succeed regionally and globally in challenging economic times.

Terri Kelly

Terri Kelly

President & CEO
W.L. Gore & Associates
December 9, 2008

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Terri Kelly is president and CEO of W.L. Gore & Associates, a multi-billion dollar enterprise that employs more than 8,000 associates in 45 plants around the world. Gore specializes in fluoropolymer-based materials that are utilized in a wide array of high-value products, including GORE-TEX® fabric, medical devices, filtration and venting products and many other advanced technology solutions. Gore is as well known for its unique management philosophy and culture, as for its multitude of unique products.

Kelly joined Gore as a process engineer in 1983 after graduating summa cum laude from the University of Delaware with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. In her early years with the company, she gained experience as a product specialist with the military fabrics business — a unit she eventually led — helping it grow from a small start-up venture into a leading producer of protective products for the global armed forces.

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Bob Malone SF ’89

Bob Malone, SF ’89

Chairman & President
BP America
October 28, 2008

Bob Malone was named chairman and president of BP America Inc. effective July 1, 2006. He is BP's chief representative in the United States. He is based in Houston, Texas where BP business units are involved in oil and natural gas exploration and production, refining, chemicals, supply and trading, pipeline operations, shipping and alternative energy. In the US, BP owns over $40 billion in fixed assets and employs some 37,000 people. The company is the nation's largest producer of oil and natural gas and the second largest gasoline retailer.

Malone was raised in the Northeast Texas town of Daingerfield. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso, and was an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received a Master of Science in Management.

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Ann Moore

Ann S. Moore

Chairman & CEO, Time
October 15, 2008

Ann Moore was appointed chairman and chief executive officer of Time Inc. in July 2002. In this position, Moore oversees the world's leading magazine company. Time Inc. publishes approximately 125 magazines, which are read nearly 250 million times worldwide on a monthly basis, and account for approximately 20 percent of total advertising revenues of U.S. consumer magazines.

Before assuming her current position, Moore served as executive vice president of Time Inc. since June 2001, responsible for the business and development operations for several of the most popular consumer magazines in publishing — Time, People, In Style, People en Español, and Real Simple. In addition, she managed the consumer marketing division of Time Inc.

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Ronald A. Williams

Ronald A. Williams, SF ’84

Chairman and CEO, Aetna
October 9, 2008

Ronald A. Williams is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aetna Inc., a leading diversified health care benefits company, which had revenue of approximately $27.6 billion in 2007. Under his leadership, Aetna has sought to make a positive impact on health care in America by serving as a catalyst for change, focusing the industry, public policy leaders, physicians and employers on issues aimed at increasing access and affordability.

Joining Aetna in 2001, Mr. Williams has focused on creating innovation in the industry, especially through information technology, and bringing new levels of transparency to the health care system. In September 2001, Aetna became the first national insurer to offer a consumer-directed health plan. In August 2005, Aetna's launch of a new online consumer tool to view physician-specific price information was widely recognized as the beginning of a new era of transparency in the health care marketplace. More recently, Aetna led the effort to develop industry standards for electronic personal health records, which provide a new way for consumers to be more engaged in their health care.

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Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.

Louis V. Gerstner, Jr.

Retired Chairman and CEO, IBM
March 13, 2008

Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. was chairman of the board of IBM Corporation from April 1993 until his retirement in December 2002. He served as chief executive officer of IBM from 1993 until March 2002 and is credited for transforming the culture at IBM and the historic turnaround that saved the company from ruin in the 1990's.

In January 2003 he assumed the position of chairman of The Carlyle Group, a global private equity firm located in Washington, DC.

Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Gerstner served for four years as chairman and chief executive officer of RJR Nabisco, Inc. This was preceded by an 11-year career at American Express Company, where he was president of the parent company and chairman and CEO of its largest subsidiary, American Express Travel Related Services Company. Prior to that, Mr. Gerstner was a director of the management consulting firm of McKinsey & Co., Inc., which he joined in 1965.

Mr. Gerstner is also the author of Who Says Elephants Can't Dance, the best-selling account of IBM's transformation; and he is the co-author of the book Reinventing Education: Entrepreneurship in America's Public Schools (Dutton 1994).

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Rafael del Pino

Rafael del Pino, SM ’86

Executive Chairman, Grupo Ferrovial, S.A.
February 28, 2008

A leader in the European infrastructure business, Rafael del Pino currently leads Ferrovial, one of Spain's largest engineering and construction firms with a workforce of 100,000. Ferrovial is involved in construction projects throughout the world, including the designing, financing, building, operating and maintaining of toll roads running in the U.S. and Canada and the Chicago Skyway Bridge. In June 2006, Ferrovial acquired BAA, the company that owns London's Heathrow airport.

Rafael del Pino has an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidad Politécnica in Madrid and obtained an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. He is currently Executive Chairman of Ferrovial.

Ellen Kullman

Ellen J. Kullman

Executive Vice President, DuPont
February 13, 2008

Ellen J. Kullman is executive vice president — DuPont Safety & Protection; DuPont Coatings & Color Technologies; Marketing & Sales; Safety and Sustainability; Pharmaceuticals; and Risk Management and a member of the company's Office of the Chief Executive.

Ellen is a member of the board of directors of General Motors Corporation. She is on the Board of Trustees at Tufts University, serves on the board of overseers at Tufts University School of Engineering. She is also on the Board of Trustees, National Safety Council. For the past three years, Fortune magazine has named Ellen to its 50 Most Powerful Women in Business List. She is also the winner of the prestigious 2004 Aiming High Award and a member of the Committee of 200.


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Jim Yong Kim

Jim Yong Kim, MD, PhD

Co-Founder, Partners in Health
Professor, Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School
Chief, Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities, Brigham and Women's Hospital
November 19, 2007

Dr. Jim Yong Kim has been recognized as a global leader and distinguished professional, including being awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship in 2003; being named one of America's 25 best leaders by US News & World Report in 2005; and being named as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2006. He was a contributing editor to the 2003 and 2004 World Health Report, and his edited volume Dying for Growth: Global Inequity and the Health of the Poor analyzes the effects of economic and political change on health outcomes in developing countries.

Dr. Kim has 20 years of experience in improving health in developing countries. He is a founding trustee and the former executive director of Partners In Health, a not-for-profit organization that supports a range of health programs in poor communities in Haiti, Peru, Russia, Rwanda, Lesotho, and the United States.


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Bruce Gordon

Bruce Gordon, SF '88

Former President & CEO, NAACP
October 17, 2007

After a 35 year career in the telecommunications industry, Bruce S. Gordon retired in December 2003. In his final role, Bruce was president — Retail Markets Group for Verizon Communications, responsible for the company's consumer and small business customers. He also directed corporate advertising and brand management. Gordon managed a 35,000 person work force and was accountable for $23B in revenue. On August 1, 2005, Gordon became the President & CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He served for 19 months before resigning in March 2007.

Peter A. Wuffli

Peter A. Wuffli

Group Chief Executive Officer, UBS AG
April 24, 2007

Peter Wuffli joined Swiss Bank Corporation in 1994 as Chief Financial Officer and continued in this role after the merger with Union Bank of Switzerland in 1998 for the combined group. In 1999 he assumed the responsibility for UBS Asset Management. He was chairman and chief executive officer of this business group until the end of 2001, when he took over his present position. Prior to joining the bank, he was a partner at McKinsey & Company.

Wuffli holds a PhD from the University of St. Gall. He sits on the boards of The Institute of International Finance Inc., IMD the International Institute for Management Development (vice chairman), the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce (vice chairman), and the Zurich Opera House.

Jack Welch

Jack Welch

Former CEO, General Electric
April 12, 2007

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Jack Welch began his career with the General Electric Company in 1960 and in 1981 became the company’s eighth Chairman & CEO. In his 20 years as CEO of General Electric, he transformed the company from a bureaucratic behemoth to a dynamic and revered powerhouse. During his tenure, GE market value grew from $13 billion to $400 billion. In the process, Welch’s management innovations have made him the most influential CEO of his era.

Upon his retirement from GE in 2001, Mr. Welch wrote his No. 1 New York Times and international best-selling autobiography, JACK: Straight From The Gut. He has also spent much of his time traveling around the world, speaking to people at every level of an organization, answering their questions on dozens of wide-ranging topics. These sessions were the inspiration for his new best-selling book, Winning.

Welch is currently the head of Jack Welch, LLC, where he serves as an advisor to a small group of Fortune 500 business CEOs and speaks to business people and students around the world. During the fall of 2006, he taught a widely popular course at MIT Sloan.

George David

George David

Chairman and CEO, United Technologies Corporation
February 22, 2007

George David is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of United Technologies Corporation. He was elected UTC's President in 1992 and Chief Executive Officer in 1994. He joined UTC’s Otis Elevator subsidiary in 1975 and became its President in 1986.

He received his B.A. from Harvard and M.B.A. from the University of Virginia. He is a board member of Citigroup and a member of The Business Council and the Business Roundtable, and Vice Chairman of the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He has chaired the boards of the Graduate Business School at the University of Virginia, the National Minority Supplier Development Council, the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council, the Trans-Atlantic Business Dialogue and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Fine Arts.

He was awarded in 1999 the Order of Friendship from the Russian Federation for contributions to that nation’s economy and especially its aerospace industry. In 2002, France named him to its Legion of Honor.

Mike Lazaridis

Mike Lazaridis

President and Co-CEO, Research in Motion
February 8, 2007

Mike Lazaridis is known in the global wireless community as a visionary, innovator, and engineer of extraordinary talent. He traces his passion for his work to his hometown of Windsor, Ontario, where his love of science and fascination with electronics were nurtured in supportive family and school environments. As president and Co-CEO of Research In Motion (RIM), a company Lazaridis founded while a student at the University of Waterloo, he is responsible for product strategy, research and development, product development, and manufacturing.

Lazaridis is also a leader in his community and a passionate advocate for education and scientific research. He is a member of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Ontario Research and Innovation Council, and a Governor of the Information Technology Association of Canada. Lazaridis is also a long-standing member of the Board of Governors of the University of Waterloo and, in May 2003, was installed as its Chancellor.

Anne Mulcahy

Anne Mulcahy

Chairman and CEO, Xerox
November 9, 2006

Anne Mulcahy, a 30-year veteran of Xerox, has led the company through a massive transformation — reinventing Xerox into an innovative technology and services enterprise that helps businesses deploy smarter document management strategies and find better ways to work.

The combination of innovative technology and value-added services has delivered strong results, prompting MONEY Magazine to dub Xerox “the great turnaround story of the post-crash era — an IBM for the 2000s.” Building on Xerox’s rich heritage of social responsibility, Mulcahy ensures that the company’s business decisions and actions are aligned with a clear set of corporate values.

Dan Hesse

Dan Hesse, SF ’89

CEO of Embarq Corporation
November 2, 2006

Dan Hesse is the chairman and CEO of Embarq Corporation, the largest “independent” local exchange carrier in the U.S. This new Fortune 500, NYSE-listed company has over $6 billion in revenues, 20,000 employees, and will operate in 18 states, offering voice, high speed Internet, wireless, and entertainment services to over 7 million customers.

Previously, Hesse spent 23 years at AT&T. From 1997 to 2000, he served as the president and chief executive officer of AT&T Wireless Services, at the time the United States’ largest wireless operator with over 12 million customers, 20,000 employees, and $10 billion in revenues. He also served as an executive vice president of AT&T.

Hesse has been named Wireless Industry “Person of the Year” by RCR magazine and “Executive of the Year” by Wireless Business and Technology magazine. He is also a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

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Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina, SF ’89

Former President and CEO, Hewlett-Packard
October 18, 2006

Carly Fiorina was president and CEO of Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2005, and chairman from 2000 to 2005. Fiorina successfully led HP’s controversial merger with Compaq Computer Corp. Before joining HP, she spent nearly twenty years at AT&T and Lucent Technologies, where she held a number of senior leadership positions.

Fiorina has previously served on the boards of Cisco Systems, Kellogg Company, and Merck & Company. She currently serves on the boards of CyberTrust (specializing in cybersecurity), Revolution Healthcare Group, MIT Corporation Board of Trustees, and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC).

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Richard Wagoner

G. Richard Wagoner, Jr.

CEO of GM
October 11, 2006

Rick Wagoner was elected GM chairman and chief executive officer on May 1, 2003. He had been president and chief executive officer since June 2000. Wagoner was elected president and chief operating officer in 1998 and had been executive vice president of GM and president of North American Operations since 1994. He served as executive vice president and chief financial officer from 1992 to 1994 and also had responsibility for worldwide purchasing from 1993 to 1994.

Wagoner was president and managing director of General Motors do Brasil (GMB) in 1991 and 1992. Prior to that, he was vice president in charge of finance for General Motors Europe based in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1989 and 1990.

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Daniel Vasella

Daniel Vasella

Chairman and CEO, Novartis
September 13, 2006

In 2004 readers of the Financial Times chose Daniel Vasella as the most influential European businessman of the previous quarter century. The dynamic leader of Novartis continues to influence pharmaceutical and consumer health business and research. Appointed CEO in 1996 and chairman in 1999, Vasella has strengthened the company’s research capabilities, creating the Novartis Institute for BioMedical Research and moving its research headquarters to Cambridge, Mass., a hub of biotech activity. He has also spearheaded efforts to develop therapeutics based on the mapping of the human genome and worked to improve access to medicines.

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Lord John Browne

Lord John Browne

CEO, BP
May 2, 2006

Lord John Browne began at BP in 1966 as a university apprentice. In the succeeding 30 years, he has risen to CEO, helped transform BP into a dynamic global energy company, and attained knighthood in Great Britain. And in a bold move for the CEO of an energy company, he has been instrumental in bringing into focus “the twin challenges of dependence [on oil] and of the environmental consequences of carbon emissions.”


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Timothy Brown

Timothy Brown

CEO, IDEO
March 16, 2006

Timothy Brown spends his time innovating and fostering innovation. His company, IDEO, designs innovative products, services, environments, and digital experiences. It also provides strategic services to help direct an innovation effort or catalyze creativity within an organization. Among the company’s innovations are an insulin pen for Eli Lilly, the design for the Palm V, a conceptual office cube for Dilbert comic strip creator Scott Adams, and a series of conceptual business cards that explore and express possible future value systems.


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Marilyn Carlson Nelson

Marilyn Carlson Nelson

CEO, Carlson Companies
March 9, 2006

A regular on lists of the most powerful women in business, Marilyn Carlson Nelson's firm, Carlson Companies, is the parent corporation of a global group of integrated companies specializing in business and leisure travel, hotel, restaurant, cruise, and marketing services. Among the long list of companies are Radisson Hotels & Resorts, Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Fly4less.com, and T.G.I. Friday’s.


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Indra Nooyi

Indra Nooyi

President & CFO, PepsiCo, Inc.
February 28, 2006

As the highest–ranking Indian–born woman in corporate America, Indra Nooyi has pushed PepsiCo to take bold risks, with moves that include acquiring Tropicana in 1998 and helping to start the company’s fast–food chains in 1997. She is responsible for all of PepsiCo’s corporate functions, including finance, strategy, business process optimization, corporate platforms and innovation, procurement, investor relations, and information technology.

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John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts President Michael Kaiser

Michael Kaiser, SM ’77

President, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
November 3, 2005

Hailed as the “Turnaround King” of the arts world, MIT Sloan alumnus Michael Kaiser (SM ’77) has made a career out of revitalizing troubled arts organizations at a time when funding for the arts has been scarce. In a Dean's Innovative Leader Series event, “Reinventing the Kennedy Center,” Kaiser discussed his innovative work with MIT Sloan Dean Emeritus William F. Pounds.


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X PRIZE Foundation Chairman and CEO Peter Diamandis

Peter Diamandis

Chairman and CEO, X PRIZE Foundation
October 27, 2005

Dr. Peter Diamandis sees competitive prizes, such as his revolutionary $10 million Ansari X PRIZE, catapulting society to frontiers in space and other technologies. The visionary entrepreneur and space evangelist spoke to the MIT Sloan community during SIP, the Sloan Innovation Period.


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Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer

Chief Executive Office, Microsoft
October 21, 2005

One of the first employees that Bill Gates hired in 1980, Steve Ballmer helped grow Microsoft from a college startup to the $40 billion world leader in personal and business software. One of the true pioneers of the software industry, he spoke about “Innovation with Impact” in a dynamic presentation.

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Citizens Financial Group Chairman, President and CEO Lawrence K. Fish

Lawrence K. Fish

Chairman, President & CEO, Citizens Financial Group
October 19, 2005

Citizens Bank has grown 25–fold since Fish joined the company in 1992 and is now the eighth largest commercial bank holding company in the United States. Citizens Financial Group has approximately 27,000 employees, with retail and commercial banking operations in 13 states and non–branch offices in more than 30 states. He shared work and life lessons with the MIT Sloan community.


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Semco President Ricardo Semler

Ricardo Semler

President, Semco
September 22, 2005

Ricardo Semler, president of Semco, the Brazilian machinery manufacturer and service provider, is internationally renowned as the creator of the world’s most unusual workplace. His management philosophy of empowering employees and looking at corporate structures in new ways is a serious challenge to the ingrained model of the corporate pyramid. Semler shared with the MIT Sloan community the method behind his unique brand of management.

Former GE Chairman and CEO Jack Welch

Jack Welch

Former Chairman and CEO, GE
April 12, 2005

"Err on the side of bold," was Jack Welch's advice to MIT Sloan students in a candid conversation, which was moderated by John C Head III Dean Richard Schmalensee and MIT Chairman Alex D’Arbeloff. The straight-talking Welch did not disappoint the throng of students in attendance, offering frank pronouncements on what it takes to be an effective leader.


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Citigroup CFO Sallie Krawcheck

Sallie Krawcheck

CFO, Citigroup
March 16, 2005

Named by Forbes as the seventh most powerful woman in business, Sallie Krawcheck represents a model for success for MIT Sloan students intent on making their own mark. A former equity analyst, she's earned the moniker “Mrs. Clean” for being frank and ethical in her speedy rise to prominence.

President of GM North American Gary Cowger

Gary Cowger

President, General Motors North American
March 9, 2005

Gary Cowger joined General Motors in 1965 as a college co-op student. He rose steadily among the ranks, from plant worker, to plant manager, to heading international business initiatives, to his appointment in 2001 as president of General Motors North America.

Bain and Co. Chairman of the Board Orit Gadiesh

Orit Gadiesh

Chairman of the Board, Bain & Co.
December 8, 2004

Ranked by Forbes as among the most powerful women in business, Israeli–born Orit Gadiesh has led Bain since 1993. In her tenure, Bain has vastly expanded its team and provided trusted consulting to corporate leaders across the globe.

NYSE Chairman John Reed

John Reed, SM ’65

Chairman, NYSE
November 15, 2004

MIT Sloan alumnus John Reed, SM ’65, was the first speaker as part the Dean’s Innovative Leader Series. Former chairman and co-CEO of Citigroup and former chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, he was Sloan Leader in Residence in February 2002. His deep ties to MIT Sloan and his record of achievement in business made him an apt speaker to impart lessons on innovation and global business to students.

Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer

One of the true pioneers of the software industry, Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer spoke on "Innovation with Impact," as part of the Dean's Innovative Leader Series.
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