Leadership and Change
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Neslihan Dolgun is pushing both personal and societal boundaries with her entrepreneurial venture, ETHIC Medical Research. Since she graduated in July 2010 from the first Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women
certificate program at the Ozyegin University Center for Entrepreneurship in Istanbul, her business has experienced impressive growth. In Turkey, she is one of the few successful women entrepreneurs.
In his new book, The Leader's Checklist
, Wharton management professor Michael Useem
presents a collection of 15 principles that can help leaders navigate successfully through even the most difficult circumstances. Useem, who is director of Wharton's Center for Leadership and Change Management
, talked with Knowledge@Wharton about his book. Also included is a video conversation between Useem and Laurence Golborne, Chilé's mining minister, who is a speaker at this year's Leadership Conference 2011.
As the first and only woman general manager of an NFL team, Susan Tose Spencer has long been accustomed to playing in the big leagues with men. In the 1980s, she was vice president, legal counsel and acting general manager of the Philadelphia Eagles football team, which was owned by her father, Leonard Tose. In this Knowledge@Wharton interview, she discusses her life and her book, Briefcase Essentials: Discover Your 12 Natural Talents for Achieving Success in a Male-Dominated Workplace.
That Denise Farinos, CFO of General Motors South America, has a big job is an understatement. She manages the finances of what some executives have described as the U.S. automaker's most valuable asset in terms of growth and return on investment. The jewel in the crown is Brazil, which with nearly 700,000 General Motors vehicles sold last year, trails only the company's U.S. and China operations in unit sales worldwide. Farinos spoke recently to Universia Knowledge@Wharton.
The Middle East and North Africa region has been largely rebounding from the surprisingly sharp tailspin that rocked the oil-rich area during the global 2009 recession. Boosted by higher oil prices, improving capital markets and gradual growth in lending, governments are pursuing aggressive spending plans and courting foreign investment to spur job creation. At the same time, the economic impact of the political turmoil that has swept across the region -- from Libya to Bahrain -- remains highly uncertain.
"Dismissed." A single word from Bangladesh's highest court ended a bitter legal battle that has grabbed world attention. The loser in this case: Muhammad Yunus, the 70-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate and founder of Grameen Bank, the groundbreaking Bangladeshi microfinance institution he is no longer allowed to run. But as with many of the highs and lows of microfinance, there is much more than meets the eye to this boardroom shakeout.
Lori Greeley and Denise Morrison both have reached the top of their respective industries: Greeley as the CEO for intimate apparel retailer Victoria's Secret and Morrison as executive vice president and COO (and soon-to-be CEO) of food giant Campbell Soup. The women -- who each delivered keynotes at the recent Wharton Women Business Conference -- grew up in business-oriented families that encouraged them to succeed. Both found strong mentors and learned to prioritize conflicting demands between work and family. Beyond that, their journeys offer a study in contrasts -- a lesson that for women today, there are many roads to success.
While it seems like the entire world is talking about alternative sources of energy, some are more committed than others. Advocates must raise awareness of the environmental issues and inspire change. Nabila Mokhtar Elkady is doing just that in Alexandria, Egypt, where she has started Environmental Protection & Use of Solar Energy, a non-governmental organization that raises awareness about renewable solar energy. Launching and running an NGO, says Elkady, takes organizational ability, perseverance and strong leadership.
Estée Lauder -- the $7.8 billion cosmetics and beauty products giant founded in 1946 -- has grown to more than 25 brands in 140 countries. The company clearly knows its customers, 95% of whom are women. In a recent interview with Knowledge@Wharton, William Lauder, the company's executive chairman and the grandson of founder Estée Lauder, discussed the challenges of working in a family-owned business, the company's global growth aspirations and why the key to success is "getting women to put their hands together."
Gerard Rego, a social entrepreneur and CEO of Bangalore-based VayuGrid (vayu means "wind" in Hindi), believes he has found a business model that promises deliverance from problems facing farmers in India. VayuGrid invests along with farmers in cultivating the dry-land oilseeds crops of castor and pongamia -- historically used as fuels -- bringing scientific farming technology and access to markets. The company also powers entrepreneurship.
Now a billion dollar company, Under Armour began with a single product -- a form-fitting, moisture-wicking shirt that founder and CEO Kevin Plank developed to remedy his own problems with perspiration after a long day on the football field. At a recent Wharton Leadership Lecture, Plank discussed the company's growth trajectory and shared the principles and slogans that guide him in his efforts to build "the biggest, baddest brand on the planet."
Skateistan, a non-governmental organization that offers educational programs to Afghan youth while also teaching skateboard skills, has become an international sensation. The organization, founded by Oliver Percovich, is the subject of a much talked about nine-minute documentary as well as a new full-length documentary.
Some of the information technology industry's biggest companies and some of its more notable young entrepreneurs were present at the Middle East North Africa (MENA) ICT forum on October 10 and 11, 2010. Throughout the two-day forum, business and political leaders agreed on the potential investment opportunities in the region. But forum participants were quick to point out the challenges faced by entrepreneurs, including stifling regulations, a lack of content for the Arab market and a business culture bent on adapting to current trends rather than innovating new ones.
Amy Schulman had many experiences that shaped her law career prior to joining Pfizer in 2008 and leading the legal team in the drug maker's $68 billion acquisition of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in 2009. During the 12th
annual Wharton Women in Business Conference in Philadelphia, she shared a critical insight: A perfectionist mindset can be constricting to your career, especially if you are a woman.
In recent years, GE has faced severe business challenges -- the company's $200 billion market cap is half of what it used to be. Still, an area of enormous strength is the way the company identifies and builds leaders, as the large number of CEOs who once worked for GE testifies. Much of the credit goes to GE's corporate learning programs, executed through a learning facility in Crotonville, N.Y., the oldest corporate university in the United States. Knowledge@Wharton talked with Susan Peters, GE's chief learning officer, about GE and leadership.
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