Harvard Business School Association of Northern California is pleased to announce Carol Bartz as the forty-second recipient of the prestigious Business Leader of the Year award. Carol will be honored for her many contributions to the business and non-profit community at a reception and dinner on Monday, November 15, 2010 at the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco. Join us as Carol shares her motivations and the challenges involved in leading companies that face turbulent times and her game plan for turning them into industry leaders.
The Business Leader of the Year Award honors an executive who, as determined by the HBSA/NC club, has a demonstrated track record of successfully leading businesses through times of uncertainty, change and transition. The recipients also possess a keen interest in serving the community in a variety of ways. Given the current economic climate, we seek to celebrate Ms. Bartz who re-established Autodesk as an industry leader in the 1990's and is in the midst of accomplishing a similar achievement at Yahoo! Net proceeds from this dinner support the award-winning HBS Community Partners program and fund non-profit scholarships.
Carol Bartz Bio::
Ms. Bartz is Yahoo!'s Chief Executive Officer, has been a member of its Board of Directors since January 2009, and has served as the company's President since April 2009. Ms. Bartz formerly served as the Executive Chairman of the Board of Autodesk, Inc., a computer-aided design software provider, from May 2006 to February 2009; as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Autodesk from April 1992 to April 2006; and as a director of Autodesk from April 1992 to February 2009. From 1983 to April 1992, Ms. Bartz served in a number of executive positions at Sun Microsystems, Inc., a provider of computer systems, software and services (now a subsidiary of Oracle Corporation), including Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations and as an executive officer.
Currently, Ms. Bartz also serves as the lead director of Cisco Systems, Inc., a networking technology company, and as a director of the National Medals of Science and Technology Foundation. Ms. Bartz previously served as a director of BEA Systems, Inc., a provider of database-related software (now a subsidiary of Oracle Corporation); Intel Corp., a semiconductor chip design and manufacturing company; and NetApp, Inc., a provider of data-storage and data-management tools.
Ms. Bartz holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin.
John T. Chambers Bio:
John Chambers is Chairman and CEO of Cisco. He has helped grow the company from $70 million when he joined Cisco in January 1991, to $1.2 billion when he assumed the role of CEO, to its current run rate of $40 billion. In November 2006, Chambers was named Chairman of the Board, in addition to his CEO role.
Chambers has received numerous awards for his leadership over his past 15 years at the helm of Cisco, including: Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People," one of Barron's' "World's Best CEOs," the "Best Boss in America" by 20/20, one of BusinessWeek's "Top 25 Executives Worldwide," "CEO of the Year" by Chief Executive Magazine, the Business Council's "Award for Corporate Leadership," and "Best Investor Relations by a CEO" from Investor Relations Magazine three times. During his tenure as CEO, Cisco has been named to Fortune's "America's Most Admired Company" list seven times, BusinessWeek's "Top 50 Performers" list six times, Forbes' "Leading Companies in the World," and is one of the top 10 places to work in the U.S., China, Germany, France, India, UK, Australia, Singapore and several other countries.
In addition, Chambers has been widely recognized for his and Cisco's philanthropic leadership, recently receiving the first-ever Clinton Global Citizen Award from former U.S. President Bill Clinton, and the U.S. State Department's top corporate social responsibility award from Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He has also been awarded the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship, and the prestigious Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy Award, an award given by CEOs to their CEO peers.
Chambers takes an active role in corporate social responsibility initiatives worldwide, which most recently includes forming a public-private partnership to help rebuild healthcare and education models in the Sichuan, China region impacted by the May 2008 earthquake. Chambers also co-sponsored the Jordan Education Initiative, which Cisco has worked on in partnership with His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan and the World Economic Forum. Additionally, in late 2006, Chambers co-led a delegation of U.S. business leaders, in partnership with the U.S. State Department, to form the Partnership for Lebanon, helping provide critically needed resources for ongoing reconstruction in Lebanon. Chambers has also spearheaded several other education initiatives, including the 21st Century Schools initiative, to improve education and opportunity for children in the Gulf Coast Region affected by Hurricane Katrina.
He has served two American presidents; most recently as Vice Chairman of the President George W. Bush National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC), where he provided industry experience and leadership to help protect the United States' critical infrastructure. He also served on President George W. Bush's Transition Team and Education Committee, and on President Bill Clinton's Trade Policy Committee.
Chambers joined Cisco in 1991 as Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Operations. He assumed the role of President and CEO in 1995. Prior to joining Cisco, he spent eight years at Wang Laboratories (1982-1990) and six years with IBM (1976-1982). He holds a law degree (1974) and a bachelor of science / bachelor of arts degree (1971) in business from West Virginia University and a masters of business administration degree in finance and management (1975) from Indiana University. He is married and has two adult children.
Cathy Benko Bio:
Cathy is responsible for driving Deloitte's strategy to attract, develop and advance a highly skilled and increasingly diverse workforce. She is a foremost authority on talent strategies and transformational change to achieve extraordinary results. Previously, Cathy served as Deloitte Consulting LLP's global e-business leader and subsequently led the high-technology industry sector as well as the organization's award-winning Women's Initiative.
Cathy is also author of several best-selling books including The Corporate Lattice: Achieving High Performance in the Changing World of Work (Harvard 2010), Mass Career Customization: Aligning the Workplace with Today's Nontraditional Workforce (Harvard 2007), and Connecting the Dots: Aligning Projects with Objectives in Unpredictable Times (Harvard 2003). Her byline and insights have appeared in such publications as the New York Times, BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal, Time, and other national media outlets.
In recognition of her professional achievements, Cathy has been named one of the "25 Most Influential Consultants" and a "Frontline Leader" by Consulting Magazine, and is the recipient of its inaugural "Leadership Achievement Award" for Women Leaders. She has also been cited for her accomplishments by a number of prestigious organizations including the YWCA, Women in Technology International (WITI), and the San Francisco Business Times which has named her one of the “Most Influential Women in the Bay Area” for eight consecutive years.
Cathy sits on Deloitte LLP's Executive Committee, the Global Talent Council, and Americas Council. She is a member of Catalyst's West Coast Advisory Council, Consulting Magazine's advisory board, Harvard Business School's Alumni Association/NC board and executive committee, and was recently a judge for Harvard Business Review's McKinsey awards.
Benko received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. from Ramapo College which she was recently recognized with its Distinguished Citizenship award.
Monday, November 15, 2010
6:00 PM - Champagne Reception (Crimson & Patron guests only)
6:30 PM – General Reception
7:30 PM - Dinner and Presentations
The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
600 Stockton Street
San Francisco CA 94108
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