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Last modified: Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Marshall Goldsmith, one of today's top management thinkers, to keynote 2010 IU Business Conference

Jan. 27, 2010

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H. Marshall Goldsmith

Marshall Goldsmith

BLOOMINGTON. Ind. -- Marshall Goldsmith, an authority in working with successful leaders and author of the award-winning best-selling book What Got You Here Won't Get You There, will keynote the 64th annual Indiana University Business Conference in Indianapolis on March 10.

Goldsmith, who earned a master's of business administration (MBA) from IU in 1972, will join Mattel Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert A. Eckert, United Auto Workers President Ronald A. Gettelfinger and Ernst & Young Chairman and CEO James S. Turley in addressing the conference theme, "Remaking America: New Strategies For Exceptional Times."

The conference, presented by the Kelley School of Business, will begin at 9 a.m. at the Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave., and conclude at 2:30 p.m.

"This year's Business Conference promises to be extremely timely with a wide range of compelling ideas not only for moving companies and the country forward during these difficult times, but to also advance the careers of every individual who attends the event," said Daniel C. Smith, dean of the Kelley School. "We are featuring presentations of practical, action-oriented ideas from some of the most successful leaders in the country, and there also will be considerable time allocated for questions from the audience.

"I am particularly excited about the balance of this year's speakers -- all of whom have led their organizations through extremely difficult circumstances," Smith added. "But beyond organization success, this year's conference recognizes that people in today's economy are concerned about their own personal survival and advancement. Our luncheon keynote speaker, Marshall Goldsmith, will focus exclusively on the area of individual growth and advancement. Marshall is recognized as one of the best, if not the absolute best, personal executive coaches in the nation. I am confident that attendees will walk away from the conference with many action-oriented ideas to help advance their careers and to improve the trajectory of the organizations of which they are a part."

In addition to speaking at the conference, Goldsmith will be honored with the Kelley School's Distinguished Entrepreneur Award.

The American Management Association has named Goldsmith as one of 50 great thinkers and leaders who have influenced the field of management during the past 80 years.

He has received similar recognition from several major business publications. Business Week called him one of the "most influential practitioners in the history of leadership development." The Wall Street Journal said Goldsmith was one of the top 10 executive educators. The Times of London, Forbes, Leadership Excellence and the Economic Times all place him among the top five executive coaches.

Goldsmith, who earned his doctorate at the University of California at Los Angeles, teaches executive education at Dartmouth's Tuck School. He is one of a select few advisors who have been asked to work with more than 100 major CEOs and their management teams.

He is the author of nearly 30 books, including his latest Wall Street Journal best-seller Succession: Are You Ready? Goldsmith's 2007 book, What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful, has been translated into 23 languages and received the Harold Longman Award for Business Book of the Year. Goldsmith's next book, Mojo: How to Get It, How to Keep It, How to Get It Back if You Lose It, will be published in February.

The program is designed to offer analysis and tactical ideas useful for small and large companies alike. The morning session consists of a panel discussion moderated by Smith. Goldsmith will give a presentation at lunch.

Robert A. Eckert

Robert A. Eckert

The registration fee is $150 by Tuesday, Feb. 23, and $160 afterward. Table registrations are $1,400 for 10 people or $725 for five people and include all conference sessions with reserved seating at lunch. Information and registration are available at or 812-855-6340.

Registrations can be mailed to Annual Business Conference, Kelley School of Business, 1275 E. 10th St., Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405-1703. Credit card registrations can be sent by fax to Conference Registrar, Kelley School of Business, 812-856-7018. Make checks payable to the IU Kelley School of Business Alumni Association.

About the other speakers:

Robert A. Eckert

Eckert is chairman of the board and CEO of Mattel, Inc., the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys with approximately $5 billion in annual sales.

Eckert joined Mattel in May 2000 from Kraft Foods, Inc., the largest U.S.-based packaged food company in the world. A 23-year veteran of Kraft, he most recently served as its president and chief executive officer, a position he had held since October 1997. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing all of Kraft's business units and for leading the company's policy decision-making board, the Operating Committee.

Previous positions include serving as group vice president of Kraft Foods, Inc. and being responsible for the company's Oscar Mayer Foods and North American Foodservice Division, along with the Operations, Sales and Customer Service, Technology, Marketing Services, and Business Development staff functions.

In addition, Eckert held the position of president of Oscar Mayer Foods, and in that role significantly accelerated its performance with steady improvements in market share. He also oversaw the introduction of new varieties of Oscar Mayer Lunchables lunch combinations, which has consistently delivered double-digit volume growth. Eckert joined Kraft Foods in 1977 and held a variety of marketing positions until he was named to several vice presidential posts, beginning in 1987.

He has received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Arizona and an MBA in marketing and finance from Northwestern University.

Ron Gettelfinger

Ronald Gettelfinger

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Ronald A. Gettelfinger

Gettelfinger was elected to a second term as president of the United Auto Workers in June 2006. The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) is one of the largest and most diverse unions in North America, with approximately 513,000 active members and more than 575,000 retired members in multinational corporations, small manufacturers, state and local governments, colleges and universities, hospitals, and private non-profit organizations in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Gettelfinger, first elected as president in 2002, previously had served as vice president of the UAW and as director of the UAW National Ford Department. He was also director of the UAW Aerospace Department and the UAW Chaplaincy Program.

He had been the director of UAW Region 3 since 1992, which represents UAW members in Indiana and Kentucky. He had served as an International Representative on the staff of Region 3 from 1987 until his election as regional director.

A member of UAW Local 862 since 1964, Gettelfinger worked as a chassis line repairman at Ford's Louisville Assembly plant. He served on the UAW-Ford National Negotiating Committee for the 1987 pattern-setting negotiations, and he was president and chairperson of his local bargaining committee for the 1984 and 1987 local negotiations.

Gettelfinger received a bachelor of science degree in business from Indiana University in 1976.

James S. Turley

Turley is chairman and CEO of Ernst & Young, a leading global professional services organization providing audit, risk advisory, tax and transaction services. With approximately 144,000 people in 140 countries, Ernst & Young is one of the largest professional services organizations in the world.

He began his career with Ernst & Young in 1977 in the U.S. firm's Houston office. During the last 31 years, he has held a series of leadership positions throughout Ernst & Young. Turley was named metropolitan New York area managing partner in 1998 and was appointed deputy chairman in 2000. In July 2001, he became chairman and CEO. Based in New York and London, he serves as senior advisory partner for many of Ernst & Young's largest global clients.

As chairman, Turley has worked to create a high-performance work environment with a highly visible leadership commitment to "Quality in Everything We Do." Ernst & Young has been consistently recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For.

Turley has master's and bachelor's degrees in accounting from Rice University in Houston.

Conference Gold level sponsors include: Allison Transmission, Inc., ArcelorMittal USA, BKD LLP, Deloitte, Eli Lilly and Co. and Fed Ex Corp. At the Silver level, sponsors include: CenterPoint Energy, Citizens Energy Group, Duke Energy, Ernst & Young LLP, Hanesbrands Inc., Hillenbrand, Inc., Johnson Ventures Inc., The Pampered Chef, Ltd. and Simon Property Group, Inc. Bingham McHale LLP and the IU Center for International Business Education and Research are Bronze level sponsors.