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Impact Lunchtime Talk: Bill George, Author "True North: Emerging Leaders"


October 20, 2022


Special Event


Executive Education




Scheller College of Business (In-person & Virtual)
800 West Peachtree St., NW
Atlanta, GA

Community members are invited to join the conversation in person at the Scheller College of Business in LeCraw Auditorium or virtually through a web conference on Thursday, October 20 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.  This talk is presented in collaboration with The Office of Special Scholarships.

 His latest book True North: Emerging Leader Edition, is a clarion call to emerging leaders – Gen X, Millennials and Gen Z – to step up to lead their organizations now. 

In Bill's words: " My new book is intended as both a guide and an inspiration for every current and aspiring leader to reach their full potential as authentic leaders who use their unique abilities to make this world a better place for everyone. The Emerging Leader Edition challenges them to reflect on their leadership, humanity, values, and purpose in life as they discover their True North and follow their North Star. With my co-author Zach Clayton, a 37-year-old Millennial entrepreneur, I wrote this book to show emerging leaders how to lead with their hearts, not just their heads, with passion, compassion, empathy, and courage as they navigate today's complex issues. "

Bill George is an executive fellow at Harvard Business School (HBS), where he has taught leadership since 2004. He is the author of: Emerging Leader Edition of True NorthDiscover Your True North and The Discover Your True North FieldbookAuthentic LeadershipTrue NorthFinding Your True North7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis and True North Groups.

He was chair and CEO of Medtronic, the world’s leading medical technology company. Under his leadership, Medtronic’s market capitalization grew from $1.1 billion to $60 billion, averaging 35 percent yearly. He joined Medtronic in 1989 as president and COO, was CEO from 1991 to 2001, and was chair of the board from 1996 to 2002. Earlier in his career, he was an executive with Honeywell and Litton Industries and served in the U.S. Department of Defense.

He has served as a director of Goldman Sachs, ExxonMobil, Novartis, Target, the Mayo Clinic, and World Economic Forum USA. He received the 2014 Bower Award for Business Leadership and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2012. He has been named one of the Top 25 Business Leaders of the Past 25 Years by PBS, Executive of the Year by the Academy of Management, and Director of the Year by the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Bill received a BS in industrial engineering with high honors from Georgia Tech and his MBA with high distinction from Harvard University, where he was a Baker Scholar. He has received honorary PhDs from Georgia Tech, Mayo Medical School, University of St. Thomas, Augsburg College, and Bryant University. He and his wife, Penny, reside in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The talk will be moderated by 3rd year Chemical Engineering student and Stamp President Scholar, Mahogany Labor.

Impact is a monthly series of meaningful, free and open conversations. The main goal of the series is to engage students, faculty, staff, and the broader community on topics that matter through discussions and presentations by leaders and entrepreneurs from all sectors. Past talks are accessible on the Institute for Leadership and Social Impact's YouTube page.

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