Upcoming Leadership Events
You might feel a bit out-of-the-loop if you missed last month's Aspen Ideas Festival, but even the patient are the rewarded: You can now watch many of the sessions on video. Of interest to the leadership world is a session on "Navigating the Global Economy," with Boeing International president Shephard W. Hill, Royal Phillips Electronics CEO Gerard Kleisterlee and Carlyle Group managing director David Rubenstein.
If consuming content online is not enough, however, there are many upcoming events to choose from. As public relations firm Weber Shandwick reported in January, the recession hasn't put a dent in the conference circuit -- if anything demand for conferences is up. Here are four leadership events coming up this summer and fall:
1. The Leadership Challenge Forum, Aug. 6-7, 2009, Chicago
If you loved the book, The Leadership Challenge -- recently named one of the top 10 leadership books of all time -- then get yourself to Chicago next week for this conference run by authors (and "On Leadership" panelists) Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner. This year's theme is: "Leveraging Leadership Across Generations."
2. Becoming a Leader We Need Workshop, Sept. 10-11, Washington D.C.
If you know Mike Maccoby's writing, then you know he brings cool and often counter-intuitive insights to the field of leadership studies, which, as we know, is sometimes inflated with lofty language and too many bullet-pointed lists. In this workshop, based on his 2007 Harvard Business Press book, The Leaders We Need: And What Makes Us Follow, Maccoby and co-leader Jim Meier lead participants in understanding their own personalities, developing their leadership philosophies, and designing an action plan for bringing that learning to life.
3. Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, Sept. 22-25, New York City
If you want to be in a room with a frightening number of important and amazing people, you might want to get yourself to Manhattan in late September for the CGI annual meeting. High-level political attendees will include Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (okay, no surprise there), Larry Summers, Valerie Jarrett and more than 30 current and former heads of state. From the financial industry, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein and J.P. Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon will be there, along with Cisco CEO John Chambers, WellPoint CEO Angela Braley, and Mexican investor Carlos Slim. There will also be an exhibition bout between Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent and Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi to settle, once for and for all, the Coke-vs.-Pepsi question (okay, just kidding about the fight, but both CEOs are scheduled to attend.)
4. International Leadership Association Global Conference, Nov. 11-14, Prague
This event, expected to attract more 600 participants, is the 11th annual meeting of the International Leadership Association, which is based at the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland. With a focus on the upcoming 20th anniversary of the Czech Republic's Velvet Revolution, the conference brings together an international audience (primarily North American and Western European) to discuss all things leadership, while soaking up Czech history and culture.
What leadership events are you planning to attend? Keep us posted.
July 27, 2009; 11:35 AM ET
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