Leadership Conference: June 12, 2019

Leading In a Context of Conflict

Disagreements, challenges to existing norms, and conflicts of all kinds are the order of the day not only in politics but in the broader society. In business, demands for accountability have increased as pressure builds to do more about social issues at the same time that demands from shareholder interests continue. The tighter job market gives employees more power and forces employers to pay more attention to their interests. How leaders navigate these conflicts, avoiding explosive missteps and pleasing as many stakeholders as possible requires considerable skill. In this our 23rd conference year, we will hear how leaders see this difficult landscape and how they are finding their way through it.

2019 Conference Speakers

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Jeb Bush
Former Governor
State of Florida


Peter Cappelli
George W. Taylor Professor of Management and Director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources
The Wharton School


Stephanie J. Creary, PhD
Assistant Professor of Management & Diversity Specialist
The Wharton School

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F. William McNabb III
Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Vanguard


Judith Rodin
 Former President of the Rockefeller Foundation, former President of the University of Pennsylvania

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ADM Michael S. Rogers, USN, Ret.
Former Director, National Security Agency and Commander, U.S. Cyber Command

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Ivan Seidenberg
Former Chairman and CEO of Verizon Communications, Board of Directors of BlackRock Inc., Board of Trustees of New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York Genome Center, and Pace University

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Mark Turner
Chairman of the WSFS Financial Corporation and WSFS Bank


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Michael Useem
William & Jaclyn Egan Professor of Management; Faculty Director, McNulty Leadership Program, and Director, Center for Leadership & Change Management
The Wharton School

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Rahul Varma
Senior Managing Director – Talent, Accenture

Ronald Williams

Ronald A. Williams
Former CEO, Aetna Inc., Chairman and CEO of RW2 Enterprises, LLC

The annual Wharton Leadership Conference is one of the gatherings most popular with, and most beneficial for, corporate leaders, according to Weber Shandwick’s 2011 (fifth annual) ranking of  Five-Star Executive Conferences. An article by Forbes.com writer Matthew Kirdahy on the report notes that the Wharton Leadership Conference is second only to the Fortune Innovation/iMeme conference in the number of C-level speaker participants. And in another study by Burson-Marsteller, the conference was named as one of the “Most Valued Podiums” for CEOs and senior executives.

Contact Information

Wharton Leadership Conference
110 Vance Hall
3733 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6301


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