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2005-06 Speakers

Myrlie Evers Williams

Myrlie Evers Williams
on Values Centered Leadership

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Myrlie Evers' life was shattered on June 12, 1963 with the murder of her husband, civil rights leader Medgar Evers. In the days and weeks that followed, she showed her courage by continuing Medgar's fight for racial equality, even in the face of threats on her own life. She will share her journey that began as the wife of an activist but which led her to become a community leader in her own right, eventually being named the first woman to chair the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). 


J.D. Power

J.D. Power III
on The Power of Customer Satisfaction

Dave Power has spent more than 40 years as a pioneer in advancing customer satisfaction, of which more than three decades has been dedicated to leading one of the most prestigious marketing information firms in the world -- J.D. Power and Associates. The firm numbers among its clients virtually every automotive manufacturer and importer serving the U.S. market, in addition to clients in many other industries around the world. Learn the power of customer satisfaction from today's leading expert.


Anne Sweeney

Anne M. Sweeney
on The Role of the Entrepreneur in an Established Business

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Named one of the "50 Most Powerful Women in Business" by Fortune Magazine, Anne Sweeney serves as co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of the Disney-ABC Television Group. She is the highest ranking female executive in The Walt Disney Company today and will share her insights on how to remain entrepreneurial in an established industry. With oversight of a business that spans five continents, Ms. Sweeney is responsible for Disney's global cable, satellite and broadcast properties, including the ABC Television Network, Touchstone Television, ABC Family, Disney Channel, SOAPnet, and more. 


Ted Waitt

Ted Waitt
on The 10 Things You Might Not Learn in Graduate School

With a $10,000 loan guarantee from his grandmother and a revolutionary idea to deal directly with customers and build computers to individual specifications, Ted Waitt cofounded Gateway Computers in his family's Sioux City, Iowa farm house and helped to forever change the computer industry.  The build-to-order, direct-to-consumer model was born. With Ted at the helm, Gateway rose quickly to become a Fortune 500 company and the world's third-largest vendor of PCs.  In May 2005, Ted retired from Gateway.  Today, he is a full time entrepreneur and philanthropist. His Waitt Family Foundation, started in 1993, is built in the image of its founder: innovative, compassionate, revolutionary. The Foundation has supported efforts to bring technology to underserved communities, schools and non-profit organizations in an effort to help bridge the "digital divide.


David Murdock

David H. Murdock
on
Creative Beginnings of a Successful Enterprise

As chairman and CEO of Dole Food Company, Inc., David Murdock oversees the world's largest producer and marketer of high-quality fruit, vegetables, and fresh-cut flowers. He owns interests in a variety of other businesses and has been an active private investor for more than 40 years. Currently Mr. Murdock is the owner of two of the nation's largest privately-held companies. He is a former Regent's Professor of Creativity in Business at UCLA's Andersen Graduate School of Management and is the recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Law degree from Pepperdine University.


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