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Bentley Leadership Breakfast Series

Breakfast and Business Insights

The Bentley Leadership Breakfast series is an opportunity for the local business community to engage in lively discussions on pressing topics impacting today's business leaders. Each 90 minute session will feature an informative presentation by one of Bentley's top business faculty members, engaging questions and answer sessions, and the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals in the area. So join us for breakfast and leave with a new perspective, idea or business connection!

Cost: $20 per seat or $80 for five seats.

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Upcoming Spring 2020 Topics
Professor Wiley Davi
The Power of Pausing
Professor Wiley Davi

Successful leaders demonstrate effective interpersonal skills. However, the ability to interact well with others depends on doing intrapersonal work first. Paying attention to ourselves before paying attention to others begins with one key step: pausing. In this session, Professor Wiley Davi, co-author of the Leading with Uncommon Sense (forthcoming in 2020), will discuss how you can hone your interpersonal skills through one essential step: pausing. By pausing, leaders can collect important data in key areas by asking four questions:

  • What is out of my awareness?
  • What are my emotions telling me?
  • Am I neglecting identity differences?
  • Am I too sure?

Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Time: 8-9:30AM
Location: LaCava 325ABC
Cost: $20 per seat, 5 seats for $80

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Professor Susan Vroman
Positionality: Implications of Personal Management Style on Leadership
Professor Susan Vroman

Business leaders often credit their success practiced habits and behaviors they have learned and culled through the years.  To whatever extent this may be true, each individual finds their own path to success based upon their upbringing, experiences, and outlooks. When personal management styles to not match up, positionality serves as a lens of judgement that may encourage alliances or may negate efforts or successes. In this discussion, Lecturer Susan Vroman will explore how our approach to work impacts our abilities to work with and lead others.  Research as well as practical implications will also be explored.

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Time: 8-9:30AM
Location: LaCava 325ABC
Cost: $20 per seat, 5 seats for $80

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Future Topics

Courageous Conversations
Featuring CWB facilitator Yaro Fong-Olivares
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
8:00 - 9:30AM

Recent Topics
Professor Elaine Walker
Gen Z: Disrupters in the Workplace? Or Fake News?
Professor Elaine Walker

January 2020
According to the internet, a new generation of workers has arrived and they are already fundamentally changing the workplace — that Millenials just finished disrupting. Is this true, or fake news?

In this discussion we will look at survey responses from Generation Z individuals who have just moved into the workforce, to understand if they are really so different, after all. Bring your preconceptions, stereotypes, and questions and we will collectively see what holds up.

Ken Kerber
Mastering the Challenge of Organizational Change
Professor Ken Kerber

October 2019
The most widely accepted methodology for managing organizational change is not well-suited to the pace of change in the 21st century. While many organizations are just now achieving some level of competence with this methodology, an extremely turbulent business environment requires a new, perhaps more challenging approach to thrive on the accelerated pace of change.

Mastering the Challenge of Organizational Change describes:

  • Three major reasons why success rates for organizational change typically range from 35 to 60% and sometimes less
  • Three fundamentally different approaches to organizational change
  • Two important factors that define which approach to change is most appropriate
  • Why today’s most common approach to managing organizational change is not well suited to today’s business environment
Ian Cross
Translating The Voice of the Customer into Business Action
Professor Ian Cross

September 2019
Marketers’ deep understanding of the customer means they are being asked to lead company-wide customer experience programs to drive more engagement with customers and employees.

In this session, Professor Ian Cross, Director Center for Marketing Technology will discuss how you can harness customer understanding and insight to create customer journey maps and better understand how your company can provide more value for customers and improve operations. We will look at 5 key areas:

  • How to focus your organization to understand the customers' point of view 
  • Why it’s important to map customer experience with customers goals
  • Where do you connect with your customer and what are the gaps between touchpoints
  • What should you measure that is actionable and with purpose
  • How to visualize data that resonates across your organization