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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.
Past topics include
- Leading in a Dynamic and Unpredictable World
- Emerging Trends in the Search for Leadership
- Developing Leadership Talent
- Leading with Resilience: Coming Back from Challenge and Adversity
- Leading with Creativity and Conviction,
- Leading in an Era of Uncertainty and Change
- Leading with Integrity
- Leading in All Directions
- Developing Leaders
- Leading with Speed: Developing Leaders for Fast-Moving Organizations
- Building Top Management Teams
- Leadership Capabilities for Winning Companies
Past speakers include
Thought leaders including Jim Collins, Warren Bennis, Tom Stewart, Marcus Buckingham, Marshall Goldsmith, Ram Charan, David Gergen, Phil Nocera, and Noel Tichy.
Business leaders including Colleen C. Barrett (Southwest), Ken Chenault (American Express), William Weldon (Johnson & Johnson), Joe Neubauer (Aramark), David Pottruck (Charles Schwab), Ann Mulcahy (Xerox), Helen Greiner (iRobot), Doug Conant (Campbell Soup), Lewis Platt (Hewlett Packard), John Brennan (Vanguard), Edward Breen (Tyco), and Arthur Sulzberger Jr. (New York Times).
Public sector and military leaders including 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 Tammy Jernigan; and Enron whistleblower Sherron Watkins.