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TitleCelebrated Author and Leadership Authority Bill George to Speak at USD
ContactPamela Gray Payton
Contact E-mailgrayp, at
Contact Phone(619) 260-4681

SAN DIEGO, CA-  Former CEO of Medtronic Inc. and Harvard Business School professor Bill George has spent over 30 years in executive leadership positions.  On Friday, April 27, at 7:30 a.m. at the University of San Diego Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, George will make a stop to tell local leaders how they can discover their true authentic leadership at the Second Annual USD Servant Leadership Breakfast.


After 10 years each as a senior executive at powerhouses Litton and Honeywell, George joined Medtronic where as President and Chief Executive Officer, he built the company into the world’s leading medical technology company and increased the company’s market capitalization from $1.1 billion to $60 billion.

Today, the best-selling author writes about his experiences as a leadership executive and the additional knowledge he has gained from interviewing 125 successful leaders in business and other walks of life, ranging in age from 23 to 93.

In his most recent book, “True North: Discovering Your Authentic Leadership,” George set-out to learn from leaders such as Charles Schwab, Anne Mulcahy and Howard Shultz just what distinctive qualities have made them successful leaders.  What George found often contradicts what other leadership experts have previously said.

“Bill George has redefined the integral qualities of an authentic executive leader,” says Kurt Gering, director of the USD Master of Science in Executive Leadership program, the host of Friday’s breakfast.  “His concrete plan: Know your authentic self; orient your moral compass; understand your motivations; build your support team; and stay grounded by integrating all aspects of your life, can guide anyone to become an authentic business leader.”

Dedicated to promoting the continued development of future business and community leaders, the annual leadership breakfast will conclude with a presentation of the 2007 USD School of Business Administration Servant-Leader Scholar Awards. The event is open to the public. A $60 fee includes breakfast. For more information, visit or e-mail or call (619) 260-4828.

About University of San Diego

The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls approximately 7,500 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The establishment of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies will bring the University’s total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Law, Leadership and Education Sciences, and Nursing and Health Science.



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