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Present and future

This year’s plenary speakers help conference participants gain a better understanding of current state of EMBA and the future possibilities for EMBA, and those insights can help you advance your program and shift your thinking in exciting new ways.

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Future resilient: How to thrive in a fast-changing world

  • Simon J. Anderson
    Strategic Foresight Consultant, Speaker, and Founder, Venture Foresight

What millennials want from work

  • Jennifer J. Deal
    Senior Research Scientist, Center for Creative Leadership

Exploring the next frontier: What kind of leaders do we need?

MODERATOR
Michael D. Johnson
Associate professor of organizational behavior, Foster School of Business, University of Washington

PANELISTS
William S. Ayer
Retired chairman & CEO, Alaska Air Group
Ray Conner
Vice Chairman, The Boeing Company

Future resilient: How to thrive in a fast-changing world

Simon J. Anderson
Founder, Venture Foresight

Simon J. Anderson

What’s next, and how can EMBA Programs stay ahead of the curve and even take advantage of the waves of change?

Join futurist Simon J. Anderson for a thought-provoking look at the near future of executive education. In this entertaining and informative session, Anderson will help you recognize emerging trends and technologies that could transform the industry. He also will offer actions that you can begin to take right away to be more future resilient, regardless of ever-changing trends.

Strategic foresight consultant and speaker, Anderson co-authored the 2014 Bellwether Award-winning book Foresight 20/20: A Futurist Explores the Trends Transforming Tomorrow and the 2015 updated and expanded edition with fellow global futurist Jack Uldrich.

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He founded Venture Foresight, a company that helps leaders and organizations be more future resilient. As a member of the international Communities of Future network, which works to promote and facilitate future thinking in communities throughout the world, and as a visitor to more than 25 countries, Anderson brings a global perspective to his consulting and presentations. His work also has been featured in numerous publications, including the World Future Society’s newsletter, The Futurist, and the Austrian management magazine, the Hernsteiner.

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What millennials want from work

Jennifer J. Deal
Senior Research Scientist, Center for Creative Leadership

Jennifer J. Deal

Millennials have been burdened with a reputation as spoiled, lazy, and entitled, but the reality behind the stereotype is far richer and more complex. Who are millennials really?  What do they want?  And what do organizations need to do about it? As the percentage of millennials in the workforce increases, organizations are wondering what they need to do to address this younger generation. What do we know about millennials that can help us manage them now and better develop their leadership capabilities?  How do we engage them to maximize their contribution to the organization’s success?

Plenary speaker Jennifer Deal will offer a closer look at world of millennials and help conference participants better understand this growing pool of applicants.

As a senior research scientist at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) in San Diego, California, and an affiliated research scientist at University of Southern California Center for Effective Organizations, Deal focuses on global leadership and generational differences. She contributes to the Wall Street Journal’s “Experts” panel on leadership, and her work has been featured in Harvard Business Review, The Economist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, strategy&, Forbes, Fortune, South China Morning Post, Globe and Mail, and many other news outlets.

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She manages the CCL's World Leadership Survey and the Emerging Leaders research project.  In 2002 Jennifer co-authored the book Success for the New Global Manager and in 2007 wrote the book, Retiring the Generation Gap. Her latest book, the 2016 What Millennials Want from Work, co-authored with Alec Levenson, explores who millennials are, what they want, and why it matters.

Deal also has published articles on generational issues, the always-on work environment, the strategic use of information in negotiation, executive selection, cultural adaptability, global management, and women in management. As an internationally recognized expert on generational differences, she has spoken on the topic on six continents—North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Haverford College and her master’s and Ph.D. degrees in industrial/organizational psychology with a specialty in political psychology from The Ohio State University.

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Exploring the next frontier: What kind of leaders do we need?

MODERATOR
Michael D. Johnson
Associate professor of organizational behavior, Foster School of Business, University of Washington

PANELISTS
William S. Ayer
Retired chairman & CEO, Alaska Air Group
Ray Conner
Vice chairman, The Boeing Company

In this session, discover more about the how businesses view the necessary leadership skills and qualities for moving companies forward into the uncertain future.

As part of a panel discussion, senior leaders from iconic companies headquartered in Seattle will explore what characteristics they look for in emerging and experienced leaders and the implications for EMBA as an industry developing those leaders.

Michael D. Johnson

Moderator Michael D. Johnson, associate professor of management and organization, Endowed Professor of Business Administration at the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, will moderate the panel.

Johnson, who received his Ph.D. in organizational behavior from Michigan State University in 2006, teaches Organizational Leadership and Leading Organizational Change in Foster’s EMBA and Technology Management MBA Programs, and also teaches in and coordinates his department’s Ph.D. program. 

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He has received numerous teaching and scholarly awards. His research focuses primarily on team effectiveness, social identities, and emotions at work.

Bill Ayer

Panelist Bill Ayer, the retired chairman and CEO of Alaska Air Group, the parent company of Alaska Airlines and its sister carrier, Horizon Air, served as CEO of Alaska Air Group and its subsidiaries through 2012, and as chairman through 2013.

A veteran of more than three decades in aviation, Ayer began his career with Piper Aircraft Company. He founded Air Olympia, a small commuter airline in Washington State and joined Horizon Air in 1982 where he held a variety of marketing and operations positions. In 1995, he become vice president of marketing and planning at Alaska Airlines, and subsequently senior vice president, chief operating officer, and president. In 2002, he was named the carrier's CEO, and, in 2003, he was appointed chairman.

Ayer serves on the University of Washington Board of Regents, as well as on the Honeywell board of directors, the board of trustees at the Museum of Flight, and the board of the National Air and Space Museum. Ayer is a member of the FAA’s Management Advisory Council and the National Business Aviation Association board, past chairman of FAA’s NextGen Advisory, and chair of the AOPA Foundation Board of Advisors. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University and his master's degree in business administration from the University of Washington.

Ray Connor

Panelist Ray Conner is vice chairman of The Boeing Company and a member of the Boeing Executive Council.

In addition to his role as vice chairman, Conner had served as president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) until November 2016 when he announced his intention to retire at the end of 2017.

As BCA president and CEO, he was responsible for delivering on a record backlog and overseeing the growth of its airplane programs and services. BCA accounts for more than 60 percent of Boeing’s total revenues and has nearly 12,000 commercial jetliners in service worldwide, which is roughly 75 percent of the world fleet.

In his past positions, he led sales, marketing, and commercial aviation services, and was vice president and general manager of supply chain management and operations, and vice president of sales for BCA. He also served as vice president of sales for the Americas, vice president and general manager of the 777 program, vice president of Asia/Pacific sales for commercial airplanes, vice president and general manager of the 747 program, vice president of the Propulsion Systems Division, and director of finance and information systems for the material division of BCA, as well as in other management positions within the company.

Conner joined the company in 1977 as a mechanic on the 727 program. He received his bachelor’s degree from Central Washington University and his MBA from the University of Puget Sound. He currently serves a member of the board of directors for Johnson Controls, Inc.

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