Navy captain, bestselling author set as 2015 COE summit keynotes

A retired U.S. Navy captain with a fascinating turnaround story and a leading researcher in organizational change are set to headline the Center for Operational Excellence’s third-annual Leading Through Excellence summit in April 2015.

COE Executive Director Peg Pennington announced on Sept. 26 that the following speakers are booked to present at the three-day event, set for April 8-10:

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D. Marquet

David Marquet, Captain of Human Capital Engineering, Next Jump Inc.; author, Turn the Ship Around!

A 1981 U.S. Naval Academy graduate, Capt. Marquet served in the U.S. submarine force for 28 years. After being assigned to command the nuclear-powered submarine USS Santa Fe, then last-ranked in retention and operational standing, he “turned his ship around” by devising an entirely new approach to leadership that took the sub from “worst to first.” The turnaround is featured in Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People follow-up The 8th Habit.

Marquet will speak on Thursday, April 9, 2015. Check out a preview of his presentation here.

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H. Rao

Huggy Rao, professor, Stanford University; co-author, Scaling Up Excellence

Prof. Rao is a widely published researcher in the fields of management and sociology, where he examines the causes of organizational change. In 2009, he published Market Rebels: How Activists Make or Break Radical Innovation, and just this year co-authored the Wall Street Journal bestseller Scaling Up Excellence with colleague Robert Sutton. Daniel Pink, renowned keynote and author of bestseller Drive, called Scaling Up Excellence “one of the finest business books you’ll ever read.”

Rao will speak on Friday, April 10, 2015. Check out a preview of his presentation here.

Marquet and Rao are part of a wide range of keynote and breakout presenter offerings that will be announced in the coming months. Early registration for the 2015 summit is set to open Monday, Nov. 10, with an early bird discount effective through Dec. 31. All registrants will receive complimentary copies of each book.

This year’s Leading Through Excellence summit attracted more than 200 process improvement professionals and featured Decisive co-author Chip Heath and restaurateur Cameron Mitchell, among others.

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