Sept. 16 - Professional Development Seminar

Featured sessions:

10:30 a.m. to noon: Authentic Leadership: A New Imperative
Tony Rucci, clinical professor of management and human resources, Fisher College of Business

tony rucciWe find ourselves in a period of perhaps unprecedented skepticism about leaders – in business, government, sports and more. How did we get there? In this presentation, Rucci – a top Ohio State professor and longtime executive – will explore the fundamental elements of effective leadership, with a particular focus on the concept of “authentic” leadership. Authentic leaders are clear and focused on their core purpose in life, and that authenticity allows them to gain the trust of those they lead.  Effective leaders are self-aware, they allow their values to influence their decisions, they are clear about their motivations, and they lead an integrated life. Rucci also will outline the critical role that leaders play in triggering the “intangible” value chain in organizations.

A clinical professor of management at Fisher College of Business, Rucci joined the faculty in 2006 after a 30-year career as an executive officer with three Fortune 100 companies: Baxter International, Sears Roebuck and Cardinal Health. He also maintains an active advising practice at the board and executive leadership levels, as well as a significant pro bono practice with not-for-profit organizations. In 2013, Rucci received Ohio State’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the top teaching honor at the university.

1 to 2:30 p.m.: Leadership Lessons: Les Wexner, Founder/Chairman/CEO, L Brands 

CRE - 2015 Les Wexner

Ohio State alumnus Leslie H. Wexner founded L Brands in Columbus, Ohio, in 1963 with one store and first-year sales of $160,000.  Today, total sales exceed $12 billion.  As the longest serving CEO of a Fortune 500 company, Wexner leads L Brands: a global leader in lingerie, fragrance and beauty, which includes Victoria’s Secret, PINK, Bath & Body Works, La Senza and Henri Bendel.

Join Mr. Wexner as he shares his insights on leaders and leadership.  With lessons learned from key experiences in his own personal life and business career, he will discuss the manner in which the best leaders lead themselves, the effort needed to be whole persons, and the importance of a mindset of curiosity. 

agenda the blackwell, ohio state university
9 a.m. Board meeting (COE board members only)
Featured speaker: New Fisher faculty member & top leadership researcher Tim Judge
10:30 a.m. Morning Keynote: Tony Rucci, Fisher COB
"Authentic Leadership: A New Imperative"
Noon Networking lunch
1 - 2:30 p.m. Leadership Lessons, featuring:
Les Wexner, Founder/CEO, L Brands

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  • Oct. 7 - IT Leadership Network Fall Forum

    Featured speaker:

    Brad Power, founder, CXcelerator; blogger, Harvard Business Review

    brad powerBrad Power has consulted and conducted research on process innovation and business transformation for over 35 years. He works with companies that must make faster changes to their products, services, and systems to compete with startups and leading software companies, creating organizations that are built to innovate. From his early days at CSC Index and with Michael Hammer in the 1990s to his more recent experience at the Lean Enterprise Institute, he has had a passion for developing continuous innovation as a key capability, embedded in the corporate culture. 

    In his recent consulting he has worked with organizations to define and launch "journeys"​ to improve the way they do their work for customers and run experiments that build capabilities and learning. For the last five years he's been focused on reengineering the process of innovation for speed, building on work with the Lean Enterprise Institute, Hammer and Company, and FCB Partners. You can see some of his research insights in his articles for The Harvard Business Review and Forbes at He has advised clients across industries, with a focus on healthcare, financial services, and travel.

    Registration to open week of Aug. 29

  • Oct. 21 - Supply Chain Forum

    Featured speaker:

    Chris Caplice, Executive Director, Center for Transportation and Logistics
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    chris caplice mitDr. Caplice is the Executive Director of the Center for Transportation & Logistics (CTL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In this role, he is responsible for the planning and management of the research, education, and corporate outreach programs for the center to include the Supply Chain Exchange and the Master of Engineering in Logistics (MLOG) graduate program. He is also the founder of the MIT FreightLab – a research initiative that focuses on improving the way freight transportation is designed, procured, and managed. His primary research is in the design, procurement, and management of freight transportation systems to include combinatorial auctions, robust planning, and performance metrics. He has presented and published in numerous business and academic conferences and journals.

    Prior to joining MIT, Dr. Caplice held senior management positions in supply chain consulting, product development, and professional services at several companies to include, SABRE, and PTCG. He is also the Chief Scientist for Chainalytics, the leading analytical supply chain consulting firm. In this role, he pioneered and leads the Chainalytics Model Based Benchmarking Consortium (MBBC).

    Registration to open week of Sept. 12

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