Dr. Brian Uzzi is a globally recognized scholar, scientist, and consultant. He currently holds the Richard L. Thomas Distinguished chair in leadership at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He also co-directs NICO, the Northwestern Institute in Complex systems and holds professorships in Sociology and in the McCormick School of Engineering. He has taught around the world and been on the faculties of Harvard, INSEAD, University of Chicago, and Berkeley where he was the Warren E. and Carol Professor of Leadership.
Executive Briefing & Reception
Innovation in Disruptive Times: Remaking Leadership Networks
Signature Sponsor: The Boeing Company
The new science of networks reveals that what distinguishes top executives is their social capital—namely the powerful personal networks through which thriving leaders mobilize resources, enhance collaboration, and gain the commitment and devotion of their colleagues and clients.
Yet, research shows that many executives inadvertently build networks low in social capital, reducing their potential to succeed. In this special briefing, learn what kind of network you have, what you do handshake-to-handshake that leads you to have one kind of a network vs. another kind, and the effective strategies for building a powerful network that is a vehicle for achieving new heights of success.
Leaders with the most successful networks will connect people across demographic differences, geography and skills. Leaders who understand and embrace the growing diversity of global stakeholders and know how to create connections and relationships with network expertise will excel in innovation, creativity and bottom-line results.
Who should attend this event: CEOs, COOs, VPs, Senior Directors, Board of Directors, Executive and Agency Directors, Employer Resource Group leaders and sponsors, Diversity Council leaders, and HR and Diversity & Inclusion leaders.
OBJECTIVES OF EXECUTIVE RECEPTION:
This session is designed to provide the following:
An overview of networked organizations and why they are important to leaders and employees in 21st century organizations
The properties of powerful networks and why they are increasingly linked to overall business achievement and innovation
Demonstrate the importance of expanding personal networks to include more diversity
Provide practice tools for assessing your personal network (structure, strengths, weaknesses) and strategies for building and using your network
Date: Wednesday, November 2
Time: 5:30pm-8:00pm with light refreshments
Location: The Boeing Customer Experience Center
1020 SW 34th Street
Building W-8, Suite A
Renton, Wa 98057
NWDLS Session Six
Innovation in Disruptive Times: The Network Opportunity
Every effective employee of an organization today exercises leadership! One of the most important of these leadership exercises is using and building a dynamic professional network. Why? Because networks open up the paths to growth, productivity and success!
There’s new science about networks emerging—successful leaders can be distinguished by their social capital—particularly this means they have powerful personal networks that allow them to mobilize resources, foster collaboration, and win the commitment and followership of their colleagues and customers.
However, research shows that many leaders build networks low in social capital, thus hampering their potential to succeed. In this workshop, you will learn what kind of network you have, and what you can do from one meet and greet to another to enhance your personal network. You’ll learn the effective strategies for building a powerful network that will propel you to new levels of success!
Innovative businesses and organizations that support leaders who understand the incredible power of invisible personal networks will be a step ahead of all others. The most successful networks will connect people across demographic differences, geography and skills. Those who know how to create connections and relationships with networked expertise will excel in innovation, creativity and bottom-line results.
OBJECTIVES OF MORNING SESSION:
As a result of this session, you will:
Understand networked organizations and why they are important to leaders and employees in 21st century organizations
Understand the properties of powerful networks and why they are increasingly linked to achievement and innovation
Be able to apply practice tools for assessing my personal network (structure, strengths, weaknesses)
Gain strategies for expanding and using my personal network so that it is diverse, inclusive and productive
Date: Thursday, November 3, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (continental breakfast served at 7:45 am)
Location: Nordstrom Flagship Store, Seattle
1617 6th Avenue
5th Floor, J.W. Nordstrom Meeting Room
Dr. Uzzi advises and speaks at major organizations and associations around the world, including the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), Baker and McKenzie, Deloitte, Pepsico, Kraft, Abbott Labs, UNITE, Total Quality Schools, Hearst Media, ABN AMBRO, CreditSuisse, P&G, McKinsey, the World Bank, FBI, Intel, Thomson Reuters, and other corporations, firms, associations, and non-profits worldwide.
His research uses social network analysis and complexity theory to understand outstanding human achievement in finance, R&D, and the arts. Brian lectures on leadership, persuasion, and change and has won 13 teaching awards, including the Alumni teacher of the year award.
Among Uzzi's scholarly awards are NSF, NIH, Army Research Labs, and NBER grants, and multiple scholarly contribution prizes. Two of his papers are citation classics. His book, Athena Unbound, examines gender differences in science.
His research has appeared in all the leading scientific journals: Nature, PNAS, Journal of Physics A, and Science, and has been written about in Newsweek International, Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, The Economist, and major TV news programs.
Before turning to science as a profession, Brian worked as a management consultant, carpenter, and a musician. He earned his M.S. (social psychology) from Carnegie-Mellon University and Ph.D. (sociology) from Stony Brook. Follow his work at: