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Upstate Owners Forum - Leading at a Higher Level with Ken Blanchard '61, PhD '67
Wednesday, July 19
11:30am – 3:30pm EST
The Lodge at Welch Allen
4355 State Street Road, Skaneateles Falls, NY 13153, United States
Event Details
Vision. Many companies lack a clear and compelling statement of leadership or direction from the very top. A lack of vision is what keeps most from achieving their leadership potential. In family business, a lack of vision also affects the dynamics within the family system, which may have lasting effects on future generations. Establishing that clear vision is a critical first step to begin leading at a higher level. Leading at a Higher Level translates decades of research and 25 years of global experience into simple, practical, and powerful strategies to equip leaders and family members at every level to build organizations that produce bottom-line results.
Ken Blanchard, ’61, PhD ‘67
Dr. Ken Blanchard is the cofounder and Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies, an international management training and consulting firm that he and his wife, Margie Blanchard, began in 1979 in San Diego, California. In addition to being a renowned speaker and consultant, Ken is a trustee emeritus of the Board of Trustees at his alma mater, Cornell University, and he also teaches students in the Master of Science in Executive Leadership Program at the University of San Diego.
Ken’s impact as an author is far reaching. His iconic 1982 classic, The One Minute Manager, coauthored with Spencer Johnson, has sold more than 13 million copies and remains on bestseller lists today. In the past three decades he has authored or coauthored 60 books whose combined sales total more than 21 million copies. His groundbreaking works—including Raving Fans, The Secret, and Leading at a Higher Level, to name just a few—have been translated into more than 42 languages. In 2005 Ken was inducted into Amazon’s Hall of Fame as one of the top 25 bestselling authors of all time.

Ken has received many awards and honors for his contributions in the fields of management, leadership, and speaking. The National Speakers Association awarded him its highest honor, the Council of Peers Award of Excellence. He was inducted into the HRD Hall of Fame by Training magazine and Lakewood Conferences, and he received the golden Gavel Award from Toastmasters International. Ken also received the Thought Leadership Award for continued support of work-related learning and performance by ISA, The Association of Learning Providers. Born in New Jersey and raised in New York, Ken received his master’s degree from Colgate University and his bachelor’s and doctorate degrees from Cornell University.

The Smith Family Business Initiative at Cornell is pleased to announce the formation of the Upstate Owners Forum for the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier of New York. However, all qualified members of a family business are welcome to attend, regardless of your geographical locale.

The Upstate Owners Forum is reserved for owners and members of family businesses only. This on-going series seeks to connect owners of family and privately held enterprises to educate, network and inform.

Each forum will offer a featured speaker or content expert, as well as ample time for sharing from those individuals present. These forums are private and confidential gatherings of only your family business peers; no solicitors or outside participants.
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The Lodge at Welch Allen, 4355 State Street Road, Skaneateles Falls, NY 13153, United States

Wednesday, July 19, 11:30am – 3:30pm

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Smith Family Business Initiative
Co-hosted with:  Alumni Affairs & Development (AA&D), Family Business Club

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