The Leadership Challenge Forum 2012 Speakers Announced

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Pfeiffer, Wiley’s workplace learning imprint serving the professional development and hands-on resource needs of learning professionals, has announced the speakers for its 5th annual The Leadership Challenge Forum.

Pfeiffer, Wiley’s workplace learning imprint serving the professional development and hands-on resource needs of learning professionals, has announced the speakers for its 5th annual The Leadership Challenge Forum (, which will be held on Thursday, July 26 and Friday, July 27, 2012, at The Westin San Francisco Market Street in San Francisco.

The Leadership Challenge Forum has earned a reputation among human resource professionals, training consultants, and chief learning officers for its engaging, intimate, and pragmatic programming. The event showcases the model’s best practices, trends, tools, and insights, which this year will include sessions for professional coaches, trainers, and consultants as well as teachers of undergraduate students and other young people, draw leadership development professionals from as far away as Asia and Europe.

Management expert and bestselling author Patrick Lencioni, acclaimed Northwestern University professor and author Harry Kraemer, and internationally known storyteller Jonah Sachs will share their collective wisdom as keynote speakers at The Leadership Challenge Forum 2012 (#tlcforum12).
Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, authors of the seminal book on leadership The Leadership Challenge, which has been published in more than 20 languages, will present a special reflective keynote. Their talk will mark the 25th anniversary of the book, which forms the basis of The Leadership Challenge franchise and its overarching goal of liberating the leader in everyone.

The Leadership Challenge Forum 2012 confirmed speakers include:
Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner are coauthors of the award-winning, best-selling book The Leadership Challenge, selected as one of the Top 10 books on leadership of all time (according to The 100 Best Business Books of All Time) and has sold nearly 2 million copies worldwide and spawned an entire franchise of products published by Wiley. The Leadership Challenge is now read in more than twenty languages. Jim and Barry have coauthored more than thirty other leadership books and workbooks and they developed the highly acclaimed Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI), a 360-degree questionnaire for assessing leadership behavior, which is one of the most widely used leadership assessment instruments in the world. Among the many honors and awards that Jim and Barry have received are the American Society for Training and Development’s (ASTD) highest award for their Distinguished Contribution to Workplace Learning and Performance. Jim and Barry are frequent conference speakers, and each has conducted leadership development programs for hundreds of organizations, including Apple, Bank of America, Bose, Charles Schwab, Dell Computer, FedEx, Gymboree, HP, IBM, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Merck, Motorola, United Way, Verizon, VISA, and The Walt Disney Company.

Patrick Lencioni is a bestselling author, speaker, and consultant with over two decades of experience working with CEOs and their executive teams. He is founder and president of The Table Group, a consulting firm dedicated to building healthy organizations. He is the author of many bestselling books, including The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, which continues to be a weekly fixture on national bestseller lists. The Wall Street Journal has named Lencioni one of the most in-demand business speakers, and he has been a keynote speaker on the same ticket as George Bush Sr., Jack Welch, Rudy Giuliani, Bill Clinton, and General Colin Powell.

Harry Kraemer is a professor of management and strategy at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, where he teaches in the MBA and the Executive MBA programs. Kramer is the author of “From Values to Action.” He is an executive partner with Madison Dearborn Partners, one of the largest private equity firms in the United States and the former chairman and chief executive officer of Baxter International Inc., a multi-billion-dollar global health care company. He was voted by the students Kellogg Professor of the Year in 2008.

Jonah Sachs is an internationally recognized storyteller, author, designer, and entrepreneur. As the co-founder and creative director of Free Range graphic design studios, Jonah helps social brands break through the media din with campaigns built on sound storytelling strategies.
His work on key viral videos like The Meatrix and The Story of Stuff series, which highlight social issues, is legendary. His interactive work has been honored with ”Best of” awards three times at the South by Southwest interactive festival. His upcoming book Story Wars shows how values-driven stories will revolutionize marketing and also represent humanity’s greatest hope for the future. Fast Company named him one of the country’s 50 most influential social innovators.

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