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A Conscious Conversation: Engaging Stakeholders
November 30, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The concept of leading an organization by managing stakeholders, and not just shareholders, is on the ascendance. It’s not necessarily a new idea. As Jeffrey Pfeffer from Stanford Business School wrote in Harvard Business Review: “In the 1950s and 1960s, the stakeholder was king. CEOs saw their role as one of balancing the interests of the various groups that touched their companies—customers, employees, suppliers, shareholders and the community at large. … What was true then is even more so today, in an age of knowledge work, outsourcing, global supply chains, and activist interest groups.”
In this conscious conversation, we’ll have intimate discussions with leaders who have taken a stakeholder engagement approach. We’ve selected leaders who have each focused on a different stakeholder and have used that stakeholder relationship as a source of competitive advantage. Each has also found a way to successfully manage the tradeoffs among competing stakeholder demands.
After our leaders share insights from their experiences with engaging stakeholders, we’ll shift into small groups in which the leaders will help apply their ideas and practices to the challenges of the attendees. Bring your questions and challenges around engaging stakeholders and conscious management to share with the group.
We’ll then adjourn to a local establishment and raise a glass together to celebrate the holidays.
Speakers: Rob Waldron, CEO, Curriculum Associates; Dr. Venkat Maroju, CEO, SourceTrace Systems
Moderator: Mary Adams, Founder, Smarter-Companies