Tom Peters to Deliver the Keynote Address at Drucker Centennial Day on November 6

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The Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, along with the Drucker Institute, has announced that Tom Peters will be the keynote speaker at Drucker Centennial Day on Nov. 6, 2010.

‘if Peter Drucker invented modern management, Tom Peters repainted it in Technicolor,’

The Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, along with the Drucker Institute, has announced that Tom Peters will be the keynote speaker at Drucker Centennial Day on Nov. 6, 2010.

Peters, the co-author of In Search of Excellence and, most recently, the author of The Little Big Things, is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading management thinkers. “Warren Bennis once remarked that ‘if Peter Drucker invented modern management, Tom Peters repainted it in Technicolor,’” noted Rick Wartzman, executive director of the Drucker Institute. “We are extremely honored to have someone with such important insights about so many essential topics—from valuing employees to innovation—join us for such a wonderful occasion.”

Drucker Centennial Day, which will be held on the campus of Claremont Graduate University, will be a capstone of the Drucker Centennial, a two-year celebration marking the 100th anniversary of Peter Drucker’s birth. Since its launch in 2009, the Centennial has seen a series of events take place across the world—from New York City to Seoul, Tokyo to Sao Paulo, Beijing to Vienna—all highlighting Drucker’s seminal teachings on effective management and responsible leadership.

In addition to Peters’s keynote address, Drucker Centennial Day will include a Drucker authors festival, featuring those who’ve written books about Peter Drucker’s life and work. Among the participants will be Jack Beatty, author of The World According to Peter Drucker; William Cohen, author of A Class With Drucker and Drucker on Leadership; Bruce Rosenstein, author of Living in More Than One World; and others.

There will also be mini-courses taught by Drucker School faculty; a talk by Kenneth and William Hopper, co-authors of the celebrated book The Puritan Gift: Reclaiming the American Dream Amidst Global Financial Chaos; a Drucker School activity and program expo; opportunities to network with professionals from a range of industries; and much more.

“Drucker Day is a terrific time for alumni, as well as members of the public, to learn, connect and have fun,” said Leslie Negritto, Administrative Dean of the Drucker School. “Yet it is, above all, a chance to see firsthand how we in Claremont are not only honoring Peter Drucker’s legacy but are actively building upon it.”

For more information on Drucker Centennial Day, please visit http://www.drucker100.com.

About the Drucker Institute
The Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University is a think tank and action tank whose purpose is to better society by stimulating effective management and responsible leadership. It does this, in large part, by advancing the ideas and ideals of Peter F. Drucker, the father of modern management.

The Institute acts as a hub for a worldwide network of Drucker Societies: volunteer-driven organizations that are using Drucker’s teachings to bring about positive change in their local communities.

In addition, the Institute maintains a digital archive of Drucker’s papers; undertakes research that builds on Drucker’s writings; offers an annual $100,000 prize for nonprofit innovation; produces curricular material that distills Drucker’s decades of leading-edge thinking, including a management training system called Drucker Unpacked; applies Drucker’s work to current events (through a regular online column in Bloomberg Businessweek by Institute Executive Director Rick Wartzman and through a social media tool called Drucker Apps); and hosts visiting fellows with Drucker-like insights and values.

The Institute is a close affiliate of the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, which is training the next generation of leaders and managers to do good while they do well.

For more on the Drucker Institute, please visit: http://www.druckerinstitute.com.

About the Drucker School
The Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management is training the next generation of effective managers and ethical leaders for all sectors of society: private, public and philanthropic. Inspired by principles and practices advanced by Peter Drucker, the school approaches management as a liberal art and seeks to tackle some of the biggest questions challenging global society.

Part of the world-renowned Claremont Colleges and located in the foothills of the beautiful San Gabriel mountains 35 miles from downtown Los Angeles, the Drucker School is more than just a traditional “B” school; it is also an “M” (management) and an “L” (leadership) school.

With a strong commitment to research, values orientation and an intimate graduate-only curriculum, the school was recently ranked among the Top 15 in the nation by Princeton Review. The Drucker School offers a variety of professional and doctoral degrees, including MBA, EMBA, MSFE (jointly with CGU’s School of Math), MA in Arts Management (jointly with CGU’s School of Arts and Humanities), and MA in Politics, Business, and Economics (jointly with CGU’s School of Politics and Economics).

Named for both a pioneering thinker (Peter Drucker) and an accomplished doer (Masatoshi Ito), the school produces graduates who have a strong sense of social responsibility and a deep desire to make a difference by doing well while also doing good.

About Claremont Graduate University
Founded in 1925, Claremont Graduate University is one of the top graduate schools in the United States. Our nine academic schools conduct leading-edge research and award master’s and doctoral degrees in 22 disciplines.

Because the world’s problems are not simple nor easily defined, diverse faculty and students research and study across the traditional discipline boundaries to create new and practical solutions for the major problems plaguing our world. A Southern California-based graduate school devoted entirely to graduate research and study, CGU boasts a low student-to-faculty ratio.

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