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In 1997, the Center for Human Resources organized the first Wharton Leadership Conference. The conference, which has become an annual event co-sponsored with the Center for Leadership and Change Management, brings in some of the world's top thinkers on leadership for a day-long event. The June 2016 conference marked the 20th year for this event.
Recent past themes include
- Leadership To Make a Difference
- Preparing for Growth & Innovation in a Changing World
- Preparing for a Complex and Uncertain World
- Leading with Resilience
- Leading with Creativity and Conviction
- Rising Up to Leadership
- Leading with Integrity
- Leading with Speed
Past speakers include
Thought leaders including Jim Collins, Warren Bennis, Marcus Buckingham, Marshall Goldsmith, Ram Charan, David Gergen, Bill George, and Noel Tichy.
Business leaders including William P. Lauder (Estee Lauder Companies), Denise Morrison (Campbell Soup), Ajay Banga (MasterCard), Colleen C. Barrett (Southwest), Ken Chenault (American Express), Alex Gorsky (Johnson & Johnson), Joe Neubauer (Aramark), David Pottruck (Charles Schwab), Ann Mulcahy (Xerox), Helen Greiner (iRobot), Edward Breen (Tyco)and Arthur Sulzberger Jr. (New York Times).
Public sector and military leaders including General Stanley McChrystal, General Richard Myers (chair of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff) and Admiral Harold Gehman (chair of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board).
Inspirational speakers including Roberto Canessa, survivor of an Andean plane crash; mountaineer and adventurer Peter Hillary; former astronaut Jeff Ashby; Medal of Honor recipient Col. Jack Jacobs, and Enron whistleblower Sherron Watkins.