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Perspectives in Leadership: Creating and Sustaining High Performance Teams

May 25, 2017: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

This event is part of the 'Perspectives on Leadership Series' sponsored by the Harry L. Davis Center for Leadership.

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Gleacher Center
Room 100
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL

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No Charge


5:30 PM - 6:00 PM: Registration

6:00 PM - 7:15 PM: Panel and Q&A

7:15 PM - 8:00 PM: Reception


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Deadline: 5/25/2017


Lisa La Vallee

Event Details

Most of our work happens in the context of formal and informal teams. Why do some teams seem to work more effectively together than others? What factors lead to high performance? Join us for a panel discussion with experts from different backgrounds, including improv theatre and the military, as they share their experience on building and sustaining teams and maximizing coordination, communication and creativity.

Speaker Profiles

George Wu (Moderator)
John P. and Lillian A. Gould Professor of Behavioral Science, Faculty Director of the Harry L. Davis, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

George Wu studies the psychology of individual, managerial, and organizational decision making; decision analysis; and cognitive biases in bargaining and negotiation. Additionally, he has received research funding as part of a 3-year, $3.6 million project entitled "Enhancing the Human Experience through Behavioral Science: New Paths to Purpose," to advance the behavioral science of purpose. Project research explores how people adopt, pursue, and fulfill their intentions to accomplish something that is meaningful to the self, and often is of consequence to the world beyond the self."

Anne Libera (Speaker)
Director of Comedy Studies, The Second City

Anne Libera has worked with The Second City since 1986 and has taught in The Training Center since 1991. Her book, The Second City Almanac of Improvisation, is published by Northwestern University Press. For The Second City, she directed The Madness of Curious George and Computer Chips and Salsa, the Theatre on the Lake productions The Second City Goes to War and The Second City Looks at The Windy City, as well as touring company productions that have appeared all over the United States, in Edinburgh, Scotland and Vienna, Austria. Outside of Second City, her directing credits include Bunny, Bunny for Illinois Theatre Center and Stephen Colbert's one man show Describing a Circle at Live Bait. She has been an artistic consultant to Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry and is on the part-time faculty of Columbia College. She has reviewed theater on WGN radio and written for the NPR news quiz show Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me. Anne serves on the governing board for Gilda's Club Chicago.

Todd Connor , '07 (Speaker)
CEO, Bunker Labs

Todd Connor is the CEO of The Bunker, and Co-Founder of Flank 5 Academy. A Navy veteran who served during Operation Iraqi Freedom aboard the USS BUNKER HILL (CG-52), Todd has held senior leadership roles in the public and private sector. He holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.


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