Join us for a presentation on Leadership:
Building a Culture of Agility: What's Next for Leaders
**This event will be held virtually via Zoom**
In today's complex business environment, successful organizations are those that are quick and adaptive, have a strong organizational purpose to guide them, and know how to make faster, smarter decisions.
New Sources of Competitive Advantage
•Transient strategic advantage: Competitive advantage is important, but in a world of rapid change it is also increasingly short-lived. Where once an organization could find a source of competitive advantage, scale it, and defend it, they now must also find and ride the next value wave leveraging capabilities such as organizational speed and flexibility.
•Arenas and blurred boundaries: A combination of evolving customer needs and emerging technologies creates unique customer opportunities that don't fit neatly within existing industry boundaries.
•Inflection points: We know the pace of change is accelerating, but so too are the inflection points that are strategic turning points for companies and industries. Leaders need to monitor the environment and regularly challenge the assumptions that have shaped the industry and their organization so they are able to identify where the game-changing shifts will occur.
•Seeing around corners: Change most often begins at the edges of an industry or business, not the center. Leaders need to be efficient at managing the core business and proficient at observing signs from the edge indicating the arrival of the next change or value wave. "Seeing around corners" is now an essential capability that must be practiced in order to stay ahead of the next inflection point.
About Our Speaker:
David E. Welsh
David Welsh is Duke Corporate Education’s Regional Managing Director for the northern United States and Canada. He and his team assist clients with strategic business challenges related to global growth, leadership, cultural change and execution.
With over 18 years of experience in executive education, David has cultivated relationships across the Fortune 500 and consulted with, designed and delivered strategic programming across many industries including finance and banking, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, industrials, defense, consumer products, government agencies and NGOs. Passionate about simplifying the leadership development process, David is known for his ability to quickly decipher his clients’ complexities and challenges and to deploy strategies that deliver value and measured outcomes. He focuses on partnering to create new market opportunities by aligning strategy, leadership and execution to drive performance.
Prior to Duke CE, David served in various executive education leadership roles, most recently serving as the founding Executive Director of the Vistex Institute of Executive Learning & Research at Lehigh University. He helped develop new markets and created unique partnerships. He also funded and established new business centers and institutes for global universities including Drexel University, INSEAD, Thunderbird Global School of Management and Lehigh University.
David earned his BS and dual Masters; MBA in Investment Management and M.S. in Finance from Drexel University and has a Certificate in Global Human Capital Management from the Wharton School of Business. He is a certified instructor for the Global Mindset Inventory (GMI) and teaches courses on leadership and strategy alignment, delegation and execution, finance, and marketing/innovation. He is a dual American-Irish citizen residing in the New York metro area.
As a Client Director in North America, Lauren works with clients to address their strategic business and leadership challenges through the design and delivery of immersive learning experiences. Lauren’s purpose is to work with clients to develop leaders and learners who transform their organization and teams and cultures to create positive impact in the world. Her main focus is to assist clients with strategic business challenges related to global growth, leadership, digitalization, transformation, cultural change and execution.
Prior to joining Duke CE, Lauren spent her previous eight years in leadership, consulting, business development, sales and operations for The Walt Disney Company. She was the leader of the northeast region for Disney Institute, where she focused on working with senior level executives in the healthcare, sports, financial, automotive, higher education and retail industry to help solve complex challenges to transformation an organizations culture, employee and customer experiences.
Lauren earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Iowa where she played Division 1 Field Hockey. In May of 2021, Lauren graduated from the University of Villanova with her MBA. Lauren is the co-founder and creator of the Furlough Network, an organization that provides information, support and resources for the talented, hard-working people who found themselves on temporary furlough due to the global pandemic. Lauren volunteers her time as an emerging leader and technology committee member for The POWER of Professional Women in Philadelphia.
Lauren and her husband reside in Southern New Jersey and enjoy traveling and spending time down in Ocean City, NJ with family and friends.
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