Great Leaders Conference

August 09, 2010

Great Leaders Conference

   I admire people who have a vision and just go for it. Ann Charles, CEO of BRANDfog, is organizing a first time conference this fall filled with Great Leaders in the corporate responsibility area.  The name of her conference is Great Leaders Conference. The line up is pretty amazing and I have no doubt that she will pull it off because she has a passion for the topic and is determined to make this happen again and elsewhere. I should mention that her company, BRANDfog, offers social media and CSR strategies for CEOs (which is how we met because of our common interests)  and this conference will be all about how great leaders use their social influence and social channels to give back to society. The invitation-only Conference will be very inspiring and with the line-up, it should most certainly turn the subject of bad behaving CEOs to CEOs acting nobly.  (I recall one day talking about the concept of noble leadership. Now is certainly the time.) The line up of CEO speakers are:

  • Ishmael Beah, Author, Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
  • John Hope Bryant, CEO, Operation Hope
  • Majora Carter, President, Majora Carter Group; MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship recipient
  • Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos; No. 1 NYT bestselling author, Delivering Happiness
  • Wyclef Jean, Grammy winner; founder, Yele Haiti
  • David Jones, CEO, Havas, Euro RSCG Worldwide
  • Stephen McDonnell, CEO, Applegate Farms
  • Simon Sinek, Founder, Start with Why
  • Jeffrey Swartz, CEO, Timberland
  • Baratunde Thurston, Web and Politics editor, The Onion
  • John Wood, CEO, Room to Read
  • In addition, Isobel Coleman will be speaking who is a Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, where her focus on the Middle East and South Asia has helped make her new book a compelling read, Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East.  She is leading a panel discussion on the changing culture of leadership and women’s role in that transformation.

    True to the vision of the conference, the proceeds will fund 18 libraries for Room to Read.

    The conference is in New York on October 7th. Check it out. I hope to be there.

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    Leslie Gaines-Ross
    Leslie Gaines-Ross

    As Weber Shandwick’s Chief Reputation Strategist, I focus on the ever changing world of reputation. For the past 25 years, I have relentlessly observed, researched and commented on the rise and fall of corporate and CEO reputations.

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