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Last modified: Tuesday, January 30, 2007

61st annual IU Business Conference will focus on energy and the environment

Futurist Alvin Toffler, five top execs will participate

Jan. 17, 2007

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Alvin Toffler, whose studies of change and its impact on business and culture have influenced decision makers for more than five decades, will join five top executives at a major conference Feb. 28 in Indianapolis on energy and the environment.

The 61st annual Indiana University Business Conference, presented by the IU Kelley School of Business, will begin at 9 a.m. at the Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave.

Joining Toffler, a best-selling author, on the program will be Andrew N. Liveris, president, chief executive officer and chairman of the Dow Chemical Co.; Robert A. Malone, chairman and president of BP America; James E. Rogers, president and chief executive officer of Duke Energy; Phil Sharp, a former congressman and now president of Resources for the Future; and T.M. "Tim" Solso, chairman and chief executive officer of Cummins Inc.

"Few issues facing American business leaders today present a more compelling call for action than the twin imperatives of securing adequate, reliable sources of affordable energy, while at the same time sustaining environmental quality," said Dan Smith, dean of the Kelley School of Business.

The morning session will feature a moderated discussion among the five executives, led by Dan Dalton, director of the school's Institute for Corporate Governance, dean emeritus and the Harold A. Poling Chair in strategic management.

Andrew Liveris

Andrew Liveris

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After lunch, Toffler will present his views on the kind of proactive strategies that will be needed to sustain economic growth and protect the global environment in the face of daunting energy challenges. The title of his speech is "Revolutionary Wealth and its Implications for Energy and the Environment."

The registration fee is $130 by Feb. 13 and $140 after that. Table registrations are $1,200 for 10 people or $625 for five people and include reserved seating at lunch and all conference sessions. Information and registration are available at or 812-855-6340 (mailing address is given below).

The Kelley School will present its Academy of Alumni Fellows awards at lunch to four successful alumni and also will recognize the recipient of its Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The program will conclude at about 2:30 p.m.

Send registrations 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, 812-855-3535. Make checks payable to the IU Kelley School of Business Alumni Association.

Corporate Gold level sponsors include: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, BKD LLP, Deloitte, Dow, Eli Lilly and Co., FedEx Corp., LaSalle Bank Corp; The Pampered Chef, Ltd.; Philip Morris USA and Simon Property Group Inc. At the Silver level sponsors include: Baker & Daniels LLP, BP America, Cummins Inc., Duke Energy, Ernst & Young LLP, Indiana Office of Energy & Defense Development, Johnson Ventures Inc., Kimball International Inc., Sirius Satellite Radio, Inc. and Whirlpool Corp. Clarian Health Partners is a bronze level sponsor.

About the speakers:

Alvin Toffler

Toffler literally invented the role of the futurist with the publication of his seminal work, Future Shock, creating an all new discipline around the study of change and its impact on business and culture. Throughout his long career, he has remained one of the world's most prescient, insightful and influential voices in business and intellectual life. He has continued to produce creative ideas that define how we think about our world.

He and his wife and intellectual partner, Heidi Toffler, have written one significant book after another, including The Third Wave, Powershift and War and Anti-War. They are co-authors of a new book, Revolutionary Wealth, which has been 10 years in the writing. The book redefines some of the central features and assumptions of conventional economics.

The real key, Toffler argues, to the emerging global wealth system of the decades ahead is the "deep fundamentals" that lie behind the "fundamentals" of everyday business and economics. It defines the role of "prosumers," whose unpaid work as parents, volunteers, hobbyists and open-source software programmers pumps "free lunch" into the money economy. It also probes the future of Asia, Europe, Latin America and the U.S. as America struggles to maintain its tenuous lead as the world's sole superpower and most advanced economy.

Toffler's bestsellers have influenced the Clinton White House, the Republican Congress and many global corporations. He is a leading consultant to military and intelligence communities around the world. He is a Distinguished Adjunct Professor at the National Defense University in Washington.

Andrew N. Liveris

Liveris leads Dow Chemical, a $46 billion global chemical and plastics manufacturer based in Midland, Mich. His 30-year Dow career has spanned manufacturing, sales, marketing, new business development and management. He has spent the bulk of his career in Asia, where he was general manager for the company's operations in Thailand, and later head of all Asia-Pacific operations. He began his Dow career in 1976 in Australia. He has been a member of Dow's board of directors since February 2004 and became chairman of the board in April 2006.

Liveris also serves on the board of directors of Citigroup, the world's leading financial services company. He is an officer of the American Chemistry Council, the industry's trade association, and is a member of the following organizations: the American Australian Association, a non-profit group dedicated to education involving both bi-lateral and international issues; the Business Council; the Business Roundtable; the Detroit Economic Club; the G100, an association of leading CEOs; the International Business Council; the National Petroleum Council; the Société de Chimie Industrielle; the U.S.-China Business Council; and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

Robert A. Malone

Malone was named chairman and president of BP America Inc., effective July 1, 2006. He is BP's chief representative in the United States. He is based in Houston, where BP business units are involved in oil and natural gas exploration and production, refining, chemicals, supply and trading, pipeline operations, shipping and alternative energy.

In the U.S., BP owns more than $40 billion in fixed assets and employs around 37,000 people. The company is the nation's largest producer of oil and natural gas and the second largest gasoline retailer. Malone is also an executive vice president of BP p.l.c., the world's second largest oil and natural gas company, and a member of BP's executive management team.

Prior to his current role, Malone was chief executive of BP Shipping Limited, responsible for the operation of the energy industry's largest oil and natural gas fleet. During his tenure, BP Shipping accepted delivery of 48 new, double hull tankers.

As well as increasingly senior positions within Kennecott Copper Corp., the Standard Oil Co. of Ohio (Sohio) and BP, Malone had a four-year assignment as president, chief executive officer and chief operating officer of Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, operator of the Trans Alaska Oil Pipeline.

James E. Rogers

Rogers is president and chief executive officer of Duke Energy. Before the merger of Duke Energy and Cinergy, Rogers served as Cinergy chairman and chief executive officer for more than 11 years. Prior to the formation of Cinergy, he joined PSI Energy in 1988 as the company's chairman, president and chief executive officer. He served as executive vice president of interstate pipelines for the Enron Gas Pipeline Group before joining PSI. Before joining the Enron Corp., Rogers was a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld.

Immediately before joining Akin, Gump, Rogers was deputy general counsel for litigation and enforcement for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commision, and previously served as assistant to the chief trial counsel at FERC. He also served as a law clerk for the Supreme Court of Kentucky, and as assistant attorney general for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, where he acted as intervener on behalf of state consumers in gas, electric and telephone rate cases. He was a reporter for the Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader from 1967 to 1970.

Rogers is currently a director for Duke Energy (and served on the Cinergy board before its merger with Duke Energy), Fifth Third Bancorp and Fifth Third Bank. He is chairman of Edison Electric Institute and serves on the executive committee. He also serves on the boards of the American Gas Association, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Business Roundtable and the National Coal Council. In 2006, he was named to the board of directors of the Alliance to Save Energy.

Rogers also serves on numerous civic boards and has published numerous articles on energy and environmental issues. He chaired the 1997 Greater Cincinnati United Way Campaign. He has served as director of Duke Realty Corp., PSI Energy, Bankers Life Holding Corporation, A O Irkutskenergo (a Russian hydroelectric/coal-fired steam utility) and Indiana National Bank.

Phil Sharp

Sharp has been president of Resources for the Future since September 2005. His career in public service over the last 35 years includes 10 terms as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana and a lengthy tenure on the faculty of the John F. Kennedy School of Government. He also served as director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University.

Founded in 1952 as an independent and nonpartisan research institution, RFF is the oldest Washington think tank devoted exclusively to policy analysis on energy, environmental and natural resource issues. Sharp leads a research and administrative staff of 75 persons and oversees an institutional endowment of nearly $70 million.

During his 20-year congressional tenure, Sharp took key leadership roles in the development of landmark energy legislation. He helped to develop a critical part of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments, was a driving force behind the Energy Policy Act of 1992, and served on several House committees. Prior to his service in Congress from 1975 to 1995, Sharp taught political science at Ball State University.

Following his decision not to seek an 11th consecutive term in the House, Sharp joined Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where he was a lecturer in public policy from 1995 to 2001. He served as director of Harvard's Institute of Politics from 1995 to 1998 and again from 2004 until August 2005. He also was a senior research fellow in the Environmental and Natural Resources Program from 2001 to 2003. Sharp served on the Board of Directors of the Cinergy Corp. from 1995 to 2006 and on the board of the Electric Power Research Institute from 2002 to 2006.

He is co-chair of the Energy Board of the Keystone Center and a member of the National Research Council's Board of Energy and Environmental Systems. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Energy Foundation.

T. M. (Tim) Solso

Solso joined Cummins Inc. in 1971 and has been chairman and chief executive officer since January 2000. Before then, he was president and chief operating officer of the company from 1995 to 2000 and has been a member of its board since 1994.

Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems.

Headquartered in Columbus, Ind., Cummins serves customers in more than 160 countries through its network of 550 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 5,000 dealer locations. Cummins reported a net income of $550 million on sales of $9.9 billion in 2005. The company employs more than 5,600 people in Indiana and 33,000 worldwide.

Solso also is a member of the board of Ashland Inc., the Cummins Foundation, Heritage Fund of Bartholomew County, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership and Ball Corp. He is a director of Indiana Economic Development Corp. He is a past board member of Cyprus AMAX Minerals Inc. and Amoco Corp. He is a trustee at DePauw University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1969.