Category: Dean’s Speaker Series

Dean’s Speaker Series: Analjit Singh (SMG’77, GSM’79), Founder & Chairman, Max India Limited

February 25th, 2014 in Dean Freeman, Dean's Speaker Series, News

Founder and Chairman of Max India Limited, Analjit Singh (SMG’77, GSM’79) is a thriving entrepreneur in a variety of fields. Among his most notable contributions has been the transformation of health care services in his native India. On February 24, 2014, Singh returned to the School to share the lessons he’s learned—from identifying problems to achieving significant reforms.

Boston University School of Management’s Dean’s Speaker Series brings industry leaders into its “living room” for insightful conversation with Dean Freeman. The various speakers tap into their personal experience and provide advice on how to become a successful leader, implement an effective talent management system, guide an organization through a technological transformation, and more.

Dean’s Speaker Series: Kenneth Feld (SMG’70), Feld Entertainment

October 26th, 2013 in Alumni, Dean's Speaker Series, Lifelong Learning, News

On October 26, 2013, in conversation with Dean Freeman, CEO of Feld Entertainment Kenneth Feld (SMG’70) spoke about what it takes to make an impact on the worldwide stage. Feld advised the audience to put family before business and to know that, sometimes, one learns more from what doesn’t go right.

Boston University School of Management’s Dean’s Speaker Series brings industry leaders into its “living room” for insightful conversation with Dean Freeman. The various speakers, by tapping into their personal experience, provide advice on how to become a successful leader, implement an effective talent management system, guide an organization through a technological transformation, and more.

Dean’s Speaker Series: Deb Dugan, CEO of (RED)

October 26th, 2013 in Dean's Speaker Series, Lifelong Learning, News

CEO of (RED) Deb Dugan is leading the global fight to end AIDS, and on October 26, 2013, she sat down with Dean Freeman for a discussion on guiding an organization through a 21st-century transformation. Dugan purposely keeps (RED) provocative, aiming to take smart risks and make creative connections. She recognizes the importance of remaining steadfast in one’s vision, but flexible in the approach.

Boston University School of Management’s Dean’s Speaker Series brings industry leaders into its “living room” for insightful conversation with Dean Freeman. The various speakers, by tapping into their personal experience, provide advice on how to become a successful leader, implement an effective talent management system, guide an organization through a technological transformation, and more.

Dean’s Speaker Series: IBM’s CIO Jeanette Horan (GSM’93) and Mike Wright, CIO at McKinsey & Co.

October 25th, 2013 in Alumni, Dean's Speaker Series, Lifelong Learning, News

On October 25, 2013, N. Venkatraman, the David J. McGrath, Jr. Professor in Management at Boston University School of Management, led a discussion with VP and CIO of IBM Jeanette Horan (GSM’93) and Global CIO for McKinsey & Co. Mike Wright. The pair shared their thoughts on digital entrepreneurship, how technology plays a role in connecting with one’s staff, and having the confidence to do what excites you.

Boston University School of Management’s Dean’s Speaker Series brings industry leaders into its “living room” for insightful conversation with Dean Freeman. The various speakers, by tapping into their personal experience, provide advice on how to become a successful leader, implement an effective talent management system, guide an organization through a technological transformation, and more.

Dean’s Speaker Series: Warren Bennis, “The Father of Leadership”

October 24th, 2013 in Dean's Speaker Series, Lifelong Learning, News

Known as the “Father of Leadership” and Boston University School of Management’s most famous professor, Warren Bennis spoke with Dean Freeman on October 24, 2013, via videoconferencing. The Pulitzer Prize nominee recalled his time at BU SMG, as well as discussed the art form that is leadership.

Boston University School of Management’s Dean’s Speaker Series brings industry leaders into its “living room” for insightful conversation with Dean Freeman. The various speakers, by tapping into their personal experience, provide advice on how to become a successful leader, implement an effective talent management system, guide an organization through a technological transformation, and more.

Dean’s Speaker Series: S.H. Lee, Chairman of Homeplus

October 16th, 2013 in Dean's Speaker Series, Lifelong Learning, News

On October 16, 2013, the Chairman of Homeplus, one of Korea’s largest retailers and a branch of global leader Tesco, spoke with Dean Freeman about the future of online shopping and the importance of corporate social responsibility. Through impressive innovation, Seung-han Lee and his team are stepping into the future by implementing the world’s first virtual stores.

Boston University School of Management’s Dean’s Speaker Series brings industry leaders into its “living room” for insightful conversation with Dean Freeman. The various speakers, by tapping into their personal experience, provide advice on how to become a successful leader, implement an effective talent management system, guide an organization through a technological transformation, and more.

Dean’s Speaker Series: David Cote, CEO of Honeywell

October 10th, 2013 in Dean's Speaker Series, Lifelong Learning, News

Chief Executive’s “2013 CEO of the Year” David Cote visited Boston University School of Management on October 10, 2013, for a conversation on making connections—with customers and his fellow Honeywell staff. Cote’s new behavior-based talent management system, known as “One Hon,” is inspiring and creating future CEOs of the Year.

Boston University School of Management’s Dean’s Speaker Series brings industry leaders into its “living room” for insightful conversation with Dean Freeman. The various speakers, by tapping into their personal experience, provide advice on how to become a successful leader, implement an effective talent management system, guide an organization through a technological transformation, and more.

Dean’s Speaker Series: Bill Erbey, Chairman of Ocwen Financial, Altisource Portfolio Solutions, and Home Loan Servicing Solutions

September 30th, 2013 in Dean's Speaker Series, Lifelong Learning, News

On September 30, 2013, Dean Freeman sat down with a man who has two companies on Fortune’s 100 Fastest Growing Companies list. Bill Erbey, Chairman of Ocwen Financial, Altisource Portfolio Solutions, and Home Loan Servicing Solutions, finds that strategy—finding the company’s unique competitive advantage—is the key to rising above “me too” businesses.

Boston University School of Management’s Dean’s Speaker Series brings industry leaders into its “living room” for insightful conversation with Dean Freeman. The various speakers, by tapping into their personal experience, provide advice on how to become a successful leader, implement an effective talent management system, guide an organization through a technological transformation, and more.

Dean’s Speaker Series: Philip Clarke, CEO of Tesco

September 19th, 2013 in Dean's Speaker Series, Lifelong Learning, News

The CEO of the world’s 3rd largest retailer, Tesco, joined Dean Freeman on September 19, 2013, for a conversation on transforming a company during a digital revolution. Philip Clarke touched on topics like remaining a genuine leader, keeping actions consistent with values, and how to approach ethical dilemmas.

Boston University School of Management’s Dean’s Speaker Series brings industry leaders into its “living room” for insightful conversation with Dean Freeman. The various speakers, by tapping into their personal experience, provide advice on how to become a successful leader, implement an effective talent management system, guide an organization through a technological transformation, and more.

JetBlue CEO David Barger Visited SMG to Talk Airlines, Aspirations

April 10th, 2013 in Dean's Speaker Series, News, School

Tells students: “Don’t take the first job that comes along”

Excerpts from BU Today:

David Barger, JetBlue president and CEO, liberally mixed humor and candor throughout an hour-long discussion last week at the School of Management about JetBlue’s success in an airline industry replete with bankruptcy, mergers, and acquisitions.

Barger was greeted by a standing-room-only crowd for the SMG Dean’s Speaker Series, where he and Kenneth Freeman, SMG’s Allen Questrom Professor and Dean, discussed Barger’s career path, his leadership style, and the future of airlines. Students were invited to ask questions during the second half of the session, and two lucky participants earned a pair of free tickets.

In a nod to the packed room, Freeman remarked, “We have full capacity utilization, which is great in the airline industry.”

Barger, who helped found JetBlue 14 years ago, was the latest guest in the speaker series, which has brought to campus industry stars like Adam Bryant, New York Times senior editor for features, Ed Weiss, general counsel of the Boston Red Sox and Fenway Sports Group, and Dannon CEO Gustavo Valle.

The open secret to JetBlue’s success isn’t strong financials or having the best seats or airfares—although the company has them, Barger said. “At the end of the day, that can all be replicated,” he said. “It does come down to the human equation. It’s our frontline crew members who are making the difference.”

When Freeman opened the discussion to students, some wanted to know about the industry’s future (expect better in-flight entertainment, faster check-in, and satellite-based cockpit navigation), his day-to-day life (“Do you want people to leave the room now?”), and his most beneficial college experience (his political science courses at the University of Michigan).

But on the tip of everyone’s tongue was: what advice does Barger have for job seekers?

“Don’t take the first thing that comes along,” he said. “Look for places that stretch you, if you want to be stretched. Make sure that they stretch you.”

Read the full article on BU Today.

Photos by Kalman Zabarsky via BU Today