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November 13, 2013

Saul Kaplan Leadership and Innovation

“Leadership and Innovation”

Saul Kaplan
Founder and Chief Catalyst, Business Innovation Factory

I am an innovation junkie who lives in the grey areas between functions, disciplines, and sectors. I believe that the important opportunities to create value will be found in the grey areas and realized by continual experimentation that celebrates random collisions among the unusual suspects.”         - Saul Kaplan

Saul Kaplan is the founder and chief catalyst of the Business Innovation Factory (BIF), a real-world laboratory for exploring and testing new business models and social systems. BIF has attracted a global community of over 5,000 innovators and organizes the internationally renowned BIF Collaborative Innovation Summit.

An expert in collaborative innovation, Mr. Kaplan will speak about his insights on the requirements for successful leadership as well as how to create and sustain innovation.  Mr. Kaplan’s ideas are detailed in his book, The Business Model Innovation Factory: How to Stay Relevant when the World Is Changing.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase following the presentation 

Saul Kaplan shares his innovation musings on Twitter (@skap5), his blog (It’s Saul Connected) and as regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Fortune, and Bloomberg Business Week.  Mr. Kaplan holds an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute focusing on the strategic management of technology and a BS in Pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island.

NOVEMBER 13, 2013
College Arts and Sciences, CAS 157
4:00 – 5:00 P.M.

A book signing with the author will immediately follow the event.


September 18, 2012

Observations Regarding Life, Hedge Funds, and the Investment Outlook
Leon “Lee” Cooperman
Chairman, Omega Advisors, Inc.
Observations Regarding Life, Hedge Funds, and the Investment Outlook

The evidence of Lee Cooperman’s leadership in the financial world is found in multiple areas. After 25 years of service at Goldman Sachs & Co., he retired from his position as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Goldman Sachs Asset Management in order to organize a private investment partnership, under the direction of Omega Advisors, Inc. For nine consecutive years Mr. Cooperman was voted the number one portfolio strategist in the Institutional Investor All-America Research Team survey. He has 45 years of experience working in the financial industry and is a senior member and past President of the New York Society of Security Analysts.

Mr. Cooperman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hunter College, an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, and an Honorary Doctor of Finance from Roger Williams University. He is a recipient of the American Jewish Committee Humanitarian Award, the Seton Hall Humanitarian of the Year Award, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newark Award for Caring.

March 24, 2011

Brian MacLean
President and Chief Operating Officer, The Travelers Companies, Inc.
Collaboration: How a Successful Dow Jones 30 Company Uses it to Engage and empower Employees

Successfully leading more than 30,000  employees at a Fortune 100 company requires expert leadership skills. Brian MacLean, President and Chief Operating Officer of The Travelers Companies, Inc. recognizes and effectively utilizes the talented people that surround him by incorporating a multitude of strategies - including collaboration.

Mr. McLean has honed his leadership skills in the senior positions he has held since joining Travelers in 1988. As President and COO he is respomsinle for all insurance operations , as well as the company's runoff businesses. Travelers Companies, Inc. is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, generating revenues of approximately $25 billion in 2010. Mr. McLean holds a bachelor's degree from Fordham University and a master's degree from the University of South Carolina.

October 14, 2010

David C. Wajsgras
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Raytheon Company
"Perspectives on Leadership"

Steering a dynamic, multifaceted company in any econo my requires innovation and experience. In today’s challenging economic climate, renowned financial executive David C. Wajsgras draws on his finance and operations expertise from more than two decades of leadership development at top corporations Lear and Honeywell International to direct financial operations as senior vice president and CFO of worldwide security and defense contractor Raytheon Company. A graduate of the University of Maryland and American University, he is also the Executive Champion of Raytheon’s Persons with DisAbilities Employee Resource Group, an organization that works as a strategic partner across the company to facilitate a fully accessible and supportive workplace for employees with disabilities.“

February 11, 2010

Mark Mandell, Esq.
Senior Partner, Mandell, Schwartz & Boisclair
"The Heart of Successful Leadership"

The Leadership Institute launched the lecture series with an inspirational and informative speech by attorney Mark Mandell. As renowned for his devotion to public service as for his momentous successes as a litigator, Mr. Mandell has been a prominent voice in the legal community since earning his law degree from Georgetown University in 1974. Today, he's a partner in Mandell, Schwartz & Boisclair, Ltd. in Providence and dedicates his time to institutions as diverse as the National Center for the Victims of Crime, the Rhodes Island Supreme Court Ethics Panel and the Roscoe Pound Institute of Civil Justice. The highly attended presentation included local community members, RWU students, faculty, staff and administration. The well received lecture resulted in participant comments such as:

  • "That was fantastic; when is the next speaker?"
  • "What a great speaker. I not only am inspired to be a better leader, but he provided the pathway to get there!"
  • "I loved the interaction with the audience and all the examples he used of the leadership attributes."

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