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Leadership 2.0
How well is your executive team modernizing its leadership skills?

Leanne Atwater,
Kim Denney & Ron Farmer 

November Theme: Leadership

Thursday, November 10, 2011
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM



About The Topic

The model for leadership is changing and evolving. The characteristics and skills that enabled business leaders to achieve success in the past, are not likely to work in current and future times. It is time for leadership 2.0. Come and gain insights from our distinguished panel, and participate in the discussion by sharing your viewpoint.



About Our Speakers

Dr. Leanne Atwater, Chair of the Management Department, Bauer College of Business, University of Houston

Leanne Atwater received her Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University. She is a professor of management and the chair of the management department in the C. T. Bauer College of Business, University of Houston. She is the author of over 50 refereed publications and numerous book chapters on topics relatin
g to leadership. She has co-authored two scholarly books “The Power of 360 Degree Feedback” and “Leadership, Feedback and the Open Communication Gap” with David Waldman. She teaches leadership and organizational behavior at graduate and undergraduate levels.

Leanne taught leadership at the U.S. Naval Academy from 1986-1989. She also has been a principal investigator on external grants to study leadership (totaling nearly 1M) from agencies such as the Army Research Institute (ARI) and The Society for Human Resource Management Foundation. She held previous positions at Binghamton University and Arizona State University West. She is editor of The Leadership Quarterly, the premier outlet for scholarly articles on leadership topics.

Kim Denney, Partner, Newport Board Group and former Chief Administrative Officer and President, Air Liquide

Kim is an experienced Houston area leader with a record of solving top-level problems as an executive with broad responsibilities in the Ch

emical, Petrochemical, Energy, and Manufacturing industries. She has 30 years of increasing responsibility in Operations, Sales, and Corporate Functions culminating in General Management with a multi-billion dollar international company, Air Liquide, in roles as President and Chief Administrative Officer. In these positions she focused on Strategy, Risk Management, Governance and Succession Planning.

Kim has driven organic growth, successful acquisitions and achieved millions in savings through cost-cutting, divestitures, integrations and efficiency projects. Her work with Boards, both as a trusted advisor guiding organizations toward stretch goals, and receiving advice and council from others, has taught her the cost of failing to challenge the status quo and the significant business value that comes from bringing in new perspectives. 


Ron Farmer, CEO, US LED

Ron Farmer is the CEO of US LED. Ranked among Houston’s Top 100, Fast Tech 50, and Inc. 5000 for five years in a row, US LED has grown revenues more than 70% for each of the last ten years, and is headed to end 2011 with revenues approaching $50 Million.

Mr. Farmer’s goal from the beginning was to develop products that produce the most light using the least power per dollar of cost to the end user. Under his leadership, US LED has achieved a milestone few businesses achieve — $1 Million in revenues per employee.

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