The 16th Annual Burkenroad Symposium
March 6, 2009
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William B. and Evelyn Burkenroad Institute for the Study of Ethics and Leadership in Management
The 16th Annual Symposium on Business and Society addressed "Leadership and the Eye for Innovation."
Through the Annual Symposium on Business and Society, the Institute's objective is to focus attention on the corporate social responsibilities of business leaders as well as to stimulate thought and discussion among students, faculty, executives, and community leaders about some of the difficult issues that face today's leaders and managers. National experts in business, education, journalism, and policy-making participate in this annual conference. The 2009 distinguished panelists were as follows:
Robert M. Price, President and CEO of PSV, Inc., retired as Chairman of the Board and CEO of Control Data Corporation (aka Ceridian Corp.) in 1990 after 29 years. Price, who succeeded the Company's founder, William Norris, led Control Data's strategic move from hardware to information and systems integration services. Price was elected Chairman and CEO of International Multifoods Corporation in 1996. He is the author of book titled, The Eye for Innovation. He has been (or is currently involved) with a range of nonprofit organizations, including the National Center for Social Entrepreneurs; the United Way (Minneapolis); Courant Institute (NYU); New Mexico's State Department of Education; New Mexico Governor's Business Executives for Education; Fuqua School of Business, College of Arts and Sciences and Pratt School of Engineering (Duke University); and Georgia Institute of Technology.
Albert Johnson, a Senior Analyst in the Office of the Chief Technology Officer, Corning Incorporated , negotiates and manages research contracts and consortia and conducts Six Sigma projects to improve Corning's research organization. Before joining Corning, Johnson was a member of the technical staff of the Software Engineering Institute in Pittsburgh, PA. Johnson has an MSIA (MBA) from the Tepper School of Business and a BS in management science (Carnegie Mellon University); a certificate in management of research, development and technology-based innovation from MIT; and has completed the Advanced Licensing Institute of the Franklin Pierce Law Center. He served on the Board of Directors of the Industrial Research Institute and continues to serve on academic and government advisory councils for the NSF and other organizations.
Arden L. Bement, Jr., the 12th Director of the National Science Foundation, heads the only federal agency that funds research and education in all fields of science and engineering. He directs a budget of over $6 billion; hundreds of programs that support approximately 200,000 scientists, engineers, educators, and students in the USA; and the development of world-class facilities and infrastructure. Bement holds three degrees: engineer of metallurgy degree from the Colorado School of Mines, master's degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Idaho, doctorate in metallurgical engineering from the University of Michigan. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal of the Department of Defense.
Patrick J. Yam, CEO and Founder of Sensei Partners LLC (early-stage venture capital firm), is a financial executive, industry leader, and macro-economist with experience in investment banking, management, and venture capital. Yam has been associated with the Federal Reserve, Lehman Brothers, Security Pacific Bank, and Citicorp Investment Bank. Previously, he was a partner with Pacific Assets (Drexel Burnham Lambert), President and COO of Matthews International Management, and founder of Bay-PCI Real Estate Equity Fund, which was highlighted in the Wall Street Journal and Business Week as an early REIT hedge fund. Yam co-founded the Alberta California Venture Channel. Mr. Yam has a BA from San Jose State University and an MBA from Santa Clara University.
The 2009 moderator was:
Laura B. Cardinal, the Director of the William B. and Evelyn Burkenroad Institute, is the Exxon and Associate Professor of Strategy at the A. B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane University. Her areas of expertise include managing innovation and R&D capabilities and understanding the evolution and adaptation of control systems. Cardinal is an NSF grant recipient and has published in Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Academy of Management Journal, and Journal of Accounting and Economics. She serves on the editorial boards of Strategic Management Journal and Organization Science and as Chair of the Competitive Strategy Interest Group of the Strategic Management Society. Her book, Control in Organizations: New Directions in Theory and Research (with S. Sitkin and K. Bijlsma-Frankema), is being published by Cambridge University Press.
This Symposium was be held on Friday, March 6, 2009, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tulane's uptown campus in Dixon Hall Auditorium.
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