Friday, Feb. 10 - Professional Development Meeting
Featured Keynote: From Strategic Thinking to Strategic Leadership

Trish Gorman, innovation expert; co-author, What I Didn't Learn in Business School: How Strategy Works in the Real World; founder, KEASkills

Do you have a clear strategy for the future?  Are you confident your decisions today will make a difference tomorrow? More importantly, can you mobilize and inspire others to embrace and enact your strategy?

trish gormanStrategic thinking is essential to competitive success, helping us survey opportunities and threats and decide where to place our bets and allocate people and resources. But it’s not enough. Strategic leadership is needed to energize yourself and others to convert ideas and analysis into coordinated and timely action.  Especially in dynamic, uncertain environments, it’s leadership powered by analysis that ensures your firm can respond with agility and resilience to challenges in real time.

In this keynote, Trish Gorman (pictured, above left), strategy expert and trusted senior advisor, will describe the critical skills associated with strategic leadership. She’ll also offer new techniques to help you identify opportunities to improve the pace and engagement of your team around vital strategic priorities using both quantitative skills and qualitative enablers.

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  • About the speaker

    Dr. Trish Gorman is an innovation expert for the Ohio State Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Fisher College of Business, where she also lectures on strategy.  Her passion is bridging the gaps between the classroom, the team room and the boardroom by helping individuals and organizations build the skills needed to execute innovative growth strategies in dynamic environments. She is a senior advisor to the Goff Strategic Leadership Center at the University of Utah and was a featured speaker at the 2015 World Business Forum in New York and the 2014 World Innovation Forums in Milan and Mexico City. She consults with diverse organizations and frequently speaks on topics related to leadership, growth and innovation. She is the founder of an online assessment firm, KEASkills, and serves as an advisor and subject matter expert for early stage investors and leaders of growth-focused organizations. 

    Dr. Gorman served recently as a director at Deloitte, leading its U.S. thought leadership on growth.  Earlier in her career, she consulted for the LEK Partnership and McKinsey & Co., where she later served as McKinsey’s Director of Global Strategy Learning. She has held leadership and academic positions as dean of the Jack Welch Management Institute, academic director of the Global Consulting Practicum at Wharton, core faculty at Columbia Business School and lecturer at Duke Executive Education, London Business School and various corporate universities. She has developed and delivered learning programs around the world for Heinz, IBM, Havas, Samsung, John Deere, and dozens of other organizations.

    Dr. Gorman has published in the McKinsey Quarterly, Harvard Business Review,, and Deloitte Review and co-authored What I Didn’t Learn in Business School with Jay Barney (2010, Harvard Business Press). She earned her Ph.D. in strategy and economics from Case Western Reserve University, an M.B.A. focused on strategy and operations from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA, and a B.A. in the honors program in mathematical methods in the social sciences and economics from Northwestern University. 

  • Agenda
    8:30 a.m. COE Board Member Retreat (COE board members and invited guests only)
      Note: Programming for non-board members begins with networking lunch; no 10:30 a.m. session is being offered
    Noon Networking lunch 
    1 p.m. Welcome: Peg Pennington, Executive Director, COE
    1:10 p.m. Keynote: From Strategic Thinking to Strategic Leadership, Trish Gorman
    2 p.m. Speaker Q&A
    2:25 p.m. Closing remarks: Peg Pennington, COE
    2:30 - 3:15 p.m. What I Didn't Learn in Business School book sale / signing
  • Location / Parking

    Location: The Blackwell, 2110 Tuttle Park Place, Columbus, OH 43210

    Parking: The nearest garage to The Blackwell is the Lane Avenue Garage at the corner of Lane and Tuttle Park, but please be advised this garage can near or reach capacity early in the day. We recommend the following alternatives:

    • West Lane Avenue garage, 328 W. Lane Avenue, north of Lane and west of Panera Bread / Varsity Club
    • Tuttle Park Place garage, 2050 Tuttle Park Place, south of the Blackwell, adjacent to Ohio Stadium
    • Lane Avenue / Tuttle Park Place surface lot, across Tuttle Park from the Lane Avenue Garage


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  • June (date TBA) - COE Summer Series: Part 1
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