We expect leaders to be visionary, empathetic and creative. But with uncertainty in the marketplace and continuous disruption, most leaders are struggling to keep up. As a result, survival instincts are kicking in, making them fall back on their old habits thus worsening the outcome. How can leaders embrace ignorance, reset their thinking, and build new leadership muscle that’ll work in today’s times?
Steven Burrell, Vice President and Chief Information officer, Northern Arizona University
Dr. Steven Burrell’s has more than 35 years of higher education technology leadership experience holding positions at Colorado State University, Hutchinson Community College (Kansas), Plymouth State University (New Hampshire), Saint Leo U... More View all posts
Dr. Steven Burrell’s has more than 35 years of higher education technology leadership experience holding positions at Colorado State University, Hutchinson Community College (Kansas), Plymouth State University (New Hampshire), Saint Leo University (Florida), Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA, and is currently the Vice President and Chief Information officer at Northern Arizona University. He has directly served 12 presidents over the past 30 years while holding the top IT leadership role at five different institutions. Dr. Burrell is a lifelong learner earning a bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree from Sterling College (KS), a Masters of Education in Technology Administration degree from Plymouth State University (NH), an Education Specialist Degree in Leadership from Georgia Southern University, and a Doctor of Education of Higher Education Leadership from Georgia Southern University. He is also a graduate of the Harvard University College of Education Institute for Educational Management. In his career, Dr. Burrell has lead a wide variety of successful projects and services including world-wide educational initiatives, national competitive grants to improve integrated planning and advising for student success, statewide multi-institution shared services, to innovative projects to advance non-sponsored research capabilities for undergraduate education. Dr. Burrell’s passion for technology and higher learning has created opportunities for fostering future generations of college graduates. Students under Dr. Burrell’s mentorship have produced Emmy award-winning programming from athletic shows to fine arts programming as well as creating new cutting-edge technology business enterprises. He is passionate about creating future leaders, creating leadership development programs to foster the next generation of CIOs and education leaders. Dr. Burrell is also active in his profession serving on state-wide technology boards and in advisory roles for private business and education organizations. He is also active in his community, having served as President of the Rotary International club, hospice organizations, and boards of organizations acting on behalf of animal rights and rescue. He is currently serving as the chairman of the Board for Sun Corridor Networks and on the board of the Center for Higher Education Chief Information Officer Studies (CHECS.org). Less View all posts
Bill Davidson, Author, Breakthrough: How Great Companies set Outrageous Objectives – and Achieve Them
Bill Davidson started his career as an academic. Before his extra-curricular activities prevailed, he served as a tenured Professor at USC from 1985 to 1996. An active researcher and writer, he was acknowledged as the most widely cited aca... More View all posts
Bill Davidson started his career as an academic. Before his extra-curricular activities prevailed, he served as a tenured Professor at USC from 1985 to 1996. An active researcher and writer, he was acknowledged as the most widely cited academic in the field of international management during the 1985-1995 decade by the Journal of International Business Studies. His book 2020 Vision (with Stan Davis) was selected as the Best Business Book of the year by Fortune Magazine in 1992. He has written seven other books on management, including The Amazing Race. Breakthrough: How Great Companies set Outrageous Objectives – and Achieve Them, was published by John Wiley Press in 2004. He is currently completing a new book titled Great China. Bill founded MESA Inc., a management consulting firm acquired by Deloitte & Touche in 1996. As a national partner at Deloitte, he held global practice leadership responsibilities in the telecom sector during which time the practice grew by more than ten fold. After leaving Deloitte, he started a new organization, MESA Research Group, which focuses on global growth strategies and leadership development. MESA has worked with more than half of the Fortune 100 in the area of leadership development. Long active in Asia, Bill was a founding faculty member of the Japan-US Friendship Society, the International University of Japan, the Dalian Institute in the PRC, and the School of Inspired Leadership in Delhi, India. He is the chairman of Vistage China, a learning organization for CEOs of major companies in China. He is also a principal in the Eagle China New Economy Fund, focusing on TMT ventures. Bill has served on the board of directors of 6 public companies and a larger number of private companies. He is chairman of Nimbus Materials, a thin film thermos-electric technology venture. Bill earned an A.B. in economics, an M.B.A. and a doctorate in business administration, all from Harvard University. He lives in Rancho Mirage, California, is an active surfer and skier, and plays on an ice hockey team with his oldest son. Less View all posts