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William & Mary's rich history of educating leaders continues at the Center for Corporate Education (CCE) as we prepare today's leaders to tackle tough business challenges. Whether you are an established executive or an emerging professional, the CCE is committed to providing you with quality education that offers fresh ideas and new professional skills to give you and your organization a competitive advantage.




91 Summer Reads

Summer is flying by, but there is still time to get to the beach, escape to the mountains, or take a road trip. Whatever you plan to do in the remaining weeks of the summer of 2017, you might want to take a book along to listen to or read during your travels. This week on the podcast, we asked some of the faculty and staff here at Willian & Mary’s Raymond a. Mason School of Business what books they recommend to professionals. Learn how the William and Mary Center for Corporate Education...

Duration: 00:13:55

89 Mike Petters - Leading the Large Organization

This week we wrap up our Summer Look Back series where we’ve been replaying our four most popular episodes from the past twelve months. Today’s episode was originally posted in November and features a conversation with Mike Petters, CEO of Huntington Ingalls, America’s largest military shipbuilding company. For more than a century, the organization has built more ships in more classes than any other US Naval shipbuilder. Huntington Ingalls is headquartered in Newport News, Virgina. Petters...

Duration: 00:16:45

88 Robert Gates - A Passion for Leadership

This week we continue with part three of our four-part Summer Look Back Series, where we replay one of our more popular episodes from the past twelve months. Today’s episode was originally posted in February featuring a conversation with Robert Gates, author of “A Passion for Leadership: Lessons on Change and Reform from 50 Years of Public Service.” In the book, Gates shares his experiences from his many leadership roles, including: Director of the CIA, President of Texas A&M, and U.S....

Duration: 00:18:25

87 Robbie Bach - Xbox Revisited

This week in installment number two in our Summer Look Back Series, we share an episode that was originally posted in March with Robbie Bach. A 22-year Microsoft employee, Bach became Chief Xbox officer in 1999, leading the team that forever changed the gaming industry. He retired from Microsoft in 2010 and later wrote his book “Xbox Revisited.” He joined us to discuss his experience with Xbox, the lessons learned there, and his strategic framework that organizations and individuals can...

Duration: 00:22:54

86 Jennifer DiMotta - Creating the Customer Experience

This week we start our Summer Look Back Series with an episode that was originally posted last fall with Jennifer DiMotta, who talked with us about the changing landscape of retail, and the way retailers are working to connect with their customers in a variety of ways. DiMotta is Vice President, Digital and Omni Channel for Blue Mercury, a leading luxury beauty retailer. She talked about creating the customer experience. Please enjoy our conversation from last November with Jennifer...

Duration: 00:18:42

85 Margaret Liptay - Managing Up, Redefined - Part 2

Last week we shared the first half of our conversation with leadership coach Margaret Liptay on “managing up.” Liptay explained how your relationship with your boss can be more meaningful than the usual supervisor/subordinate relationship. She said when you position the boss as the organizational “parent” you place unnecessary limits on the partnership. This week in the second half of our discussion, Liptay explains how you can reframe the relationship so it becomes more complementary,...

Duration: 00:16:13

84 Margaret Liptay - Managing Up, Redefined - Part 1

One of the top priorities for many professionals is cultivating a positive relationship with the boss or direct supervisor. Doing so it often referred to as managing up or communicating up. Managing up often entails learning about the boss’s habits such as which channel he prefers for communication, or when she prefers to hold weekly meetings. Our guest on the podcast today has a different take on managing up. Rather than seeing the relationship as a supervisor-subordinate dynamic,...

Duration: 00:20:36

83 Dave Heenan - Hidden Heroes

Two weeks ago we spoke with Dave Heenan, a successful leader, executive, educator, and author, about this book “Leaving On Top: Graceful Exits For Leaders.” We asked him back to talk about another book he wrote, “Hidden Heroes: Finding Success in the Shadows.” In the book, Heenan writes about the way society tends to focus on celebrities. But when examining how the real work gets accomplished, Heenan found one group of professionals - the “exceptional subordinates” - who he calls “hidden...

Duration: 00:18:14

82 Skye Moret - Data Visualization

One of the hottest topics in business today is finding effective ways to connect with others by sharing compelling stories. Whether it’s building the brand, closing the sale, or presenting to the board, many professionals and organizations are spending time and effort improving their storytelling abilities. Often, stories in business include data, and that presents a hurdle for many: How to present complex data in a way that helps the audience easily understand. That’s where data...

Duration: 00:22:07

81 Dave Heenan - Leaving on Top

We’ve all seen it: The CEO, the leader, the athlete, who continue in the role despite the fact their best days are clearly behind them. Clinging to a role in which you’re no longer effective can tarnish an otherwise outstanding career and reputation. For many professionals, knowing when to leave or move on can be extremely difficult. Dave Heenan is a career executive, educator, and author of the book “Leaving On Top: Graceful Exits For Leaders,” where he examines many ways leaders approach...

Duration: 00:19:34

80 Dane Brooksher - Retiring Successfully

Retirement. We all look forward to it and spend our entire career saving for it. How do we make it an enjoyable and meaningful transition once it happens? How can we use and re-purpose the talents that made us successful in our prior careers throughout volunteer efforts on boards and service organizations while still enjoying our retirement years? Today’s guest has done just that. After a successful career spanning nearly 45 years, Dane Brooksher has established himself as an innovative...

Duration: 00:15:25

79 Olympia Trumbower - The Nonprofit World

Non-profit organizations play a significant role in the lives of Americans. In fact, 1 in 4 US citizens volunteered with a non-profit in 2014. One of the best-known and most successful non-profits is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, helping all people in the US and developing countries lead healthy, productive lives. Olympia Trumbower is Program Manager in the Global Policy and Advocacy Division at the Gates Foundation, and joins us today to discuss the Foundation, and what it’s like...

Duration: 00:21:48

78 Tim Murray - Leading in a Foreign Country

Communication is a critically important element of leadership. Even in small tightly-knit companies where everyone seems to be on the same page, it can be difficult to create a positive culture where quality communication is expected and practiced. Imagine being a CEO in a country and culture other than your own. Tim Murray knows all about that: Born, raised, and educated in the United States, he is CEO of Aluminum Bahrain - also known as Alba - and is one of the top aluminum producers in...

Duration: 00:23:25

77 Rhian Horgan - Changing Financial Wellness in Retirement

Being the founder and CEO of a new venture is the goal of many professionals. In fact, 1 in 4 of today’s MBA students plan to start a business at some point. Some entrepreneurs manage to start companies that not only fill a need, but also align with their personal goals and interests. After 17 years with JP Morgan advising families on their investment portfolio, Rhian Horgan decided to focus on her passions of technology, health, and wealth and started Kindur, an innovative startup that...

Duration: 00:23:42

76 Cindy Davis - The Changing Landscape of Television

Thanks to technology, globalization, and demographics, just about every business today is undergoing some level of transformation. One industry experiencing considerable change is television. Viewers watch what they want, when they want, and how they want, and as a result television networks and outlets are constantly on the lookout for new ways to connect with their audience. Cindy Davis is the Executive Vice President, Consumer Experience for Disney ABC Television, and joins us today to...

Duration: 00:18:34

75 John Hewitt - Leadership & Excellence

John Hewitt is one of the most successful leaders in the tax profession. He founded three top tax preparation firms, including Jackson Hewitt, and more recently Liberty Tax. After leaving H&R Block years ago, Hewitt pioneered the development of decision tree tax preparation software which revolutionized the tax business. Hewitt joins us today to discuss advice found in his new book “iCompete,” including: Leadership, building culture, and exceeding customers’ expectations. Learn how the...

Duration: 00:20:45

74 Robbie Bach - Xbox Revisited

Few people in the technology space have had careers as interesting and successful as Robbie Bach. In 1988, Bach joined Microsoft, where be began a 22-year tenure there; first in Marketing, then in Management, and then in Leadership. In 1999 he became Chief Xbox Officer, leading the team from its startup phase to the launch of Xbox 360 and Xbox Live, changing the gaming industry. In 2015 Bach wrote his book “Xbox Revisited: A Game Plan for Corporate and Civic Renewal,” and joins us today to...

Duration: 00:23:17

73 Michael Luchs - Design Thinking

Never before have we seen such a time of disruption and innovation throughout all fields of business. Companies, organization, and leaders must be forward thinking just to survive. Over the last decade, some of the world’s leading companies have embraced “design thinking,” leading to groundbreaking new products and services. Today, William and Mary business professor Michael Luchs joins us to discuss design thinking, the framework behind it, and how you and your organization can embrace it...

Duration: 00:19:22

72 Mike Petters - Making a Successful Military Transition

Huntington Ingalls is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of manufacturing, engineering, and management services to the nuclear energy, oil, and gas markets. For more than a century, Huntington Ingalls has built more ships in more classes than any other U.S. Naval shipbuilder. Before taking the lead in 2011, President and CEO Mike Petters was President of Northrop Grumman shipbuilding. Petters earned his bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and an M.B.A....

Duration: 00:22:48

71 Robert Gates - A Passion for Leadership

One of the toughest leadership challenges is being at the helm of a big institution. Whether civic or private, bureaucracies often move at a snail’s pace, and it takes a special leader with special qualities to drive change and improvement. Former Director of the CIA and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates says large companies can be transformed, and explains how in his book “A Passion for Leadership.” Dr. Gates joins us today to share his advice on successful leadership. Learn how the...

Duration: 00:18:37

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