Susan Scott ’67 will return to campus this September as the Centennial Center for Leadership’s Leader in Residence. During her three-day visit, Scott will engage the campus in discussions centered on her work from her national best seller “Fierce Conversations,” and her follow up book “Fierce Leadership.” Scott will be in residence from Sept. 20 through 23, with the keynote event, “The Power of a Conversation,” taking place on Wednesday, Sept. 21.
The Centennial Center for Leadership will support the theme for the 2011-2012 academic year, “The Power of an Idea: Entrepreneurial Leadership” with a number of compelling leadership programs. Each will examine the entrepreneurial spirit in its authentic entirety and provide insight and access to the practices that allow contemporary entrepreneurial leaders to create innovative environments, provide meaningful solutions and generate significant changes that positively impact our world.
“The Center aspires to bring a texture and fullness to the definition of an ‘entrepreneur’ as not one who merely creates new business opportunities, but rather as an individual who transforms great ideas into reality through the art of powerful conversations,” explains Susan Pliner, director of the Centennial Center for Leadership. “We look forward to hearing Susan Scott share how fierce conversations can offer a paradigm shift to the current modes in which we build our professional communities, engage in personal relationships and invest our precious time.”
While on campus, Scott will meet with groups from across campus, including a session with Reader’s College students, workshops for campus supervisors, faculty members and staff and also present a keynote to the HDI Leadership Conference.
Scott’s firm, Fierce Inc., is an internationally recognized leader in cultural transformation and executive education, providing Fierce Conversations, Fierce Leadership, and Fierce Coaching programs to a diverse and growing client base. For 13 years, Scott ran a think tank for executives through TEC Worldwide, an organization dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and enhancing the lives of CEOs. Previously, Scott served as vice president of the Pace Network, a search firm in Seattle, and also as a regional manager for Context Associated, a training organization headquartered in San Francisco.
While at William Smith, Scott majored in English, participated in the Herald, cheerleading and was a resident of Sill House.
Her talk will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. The public is welcome to attend.