LCLD Chair Elect Kim Rivera of HP, Inc. hosts "Think Again," a conversation with Adam Grant about organizational transformation at 3:30 PM on Monday, October 18.
Adam Grant (photo above) is a distinguished Professor of both Management and Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, where students have named him the top teaching professor for seven straight years.
He's also a bestselling author of five books that have sold over two million copies and been translated into 35 languages: Think Again, Give and Take, Originals, Option B, and Power Moves. His groundbreaking work has been praised by everyone from the Wall Street Journal to Malcolm Gladwell, Malala Yousafzai, and Bill and Melinda Gates.
Adam hosts the TED podcast WorkLife, and his TED talks have been viewed more than 20 million times. He's also received distinguished scientific achievement awards from the American Psychological Association and the National Science Foundation. Adam writes for the New York Times on work and psychology and serves on The Department of Defense Innovation Board.
He received his B.A. from Harvard and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, and he is a former magician and junior Olympic springboard diver. Twitter: @AdamMGrant
Interviewed by Rick Palmore, LCLD's founder, Ken Frazier will address "Reimagining Leadership" and other topics at 11:00 am on Tuesday, October 19
One of the most respected voices in corporate America, Ken Frazier (above) is executive chairman and former CEO of the pharmaceutical company Merck & Co.
Frazier was born to a working-class family in North Philadelphia in 1954; his father, Otis, was a janitor, and his mother passed away when Ken was 12. After graduating from high school at age 16, he attended nearby Penn State, earning book money by raising tadpoles and newts and selling them to local pet stores.
After earning his BA in political science, Frazier enrolled at Harvard Law School and graduated with his JD in 1978. While a partner at Drinker Biddle, Frazier took on a number of prominent pro bono cases and spent his summers teaching trial advocacy in South Africa. He joined the public affairs division of Merck as general counsel in 1992 and later rose to become president and CEO of the company.
A longtime advocate for social justice and economic inclusion, Ken is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Anti-Defamation League Courage Against Hate Award, the Botwinick Prize in Business Ethics from Columbia Business School, the Legend in Leadership Award from the Yale School of Management, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund National Equal Justice Award, and the National Minority Quality Forum's Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 2018, Fortune magazine named Frazier one of the World's Greatest Leaders; TIME followed suit by naming him one of their 100 Most Influential People. In 2019, he became the first recipient of the Forbes Lifetime Achievement Award for Healthcare. In 2021, his peers named Frazier Chief Executive magazine's CEO of the Year.
Frazier was the first CEO to resign from the Trump administration's American Manufacturing Council shortly after the former president's supportive comments of White nationalist groups at the deadly protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.
He continues to call for business leaders to be a "unifying force" that can help solve many of the racial inequalities in America by creating jobs and new opportunities.
Leadership. Action. Results.