Leadership Forum Series
Past Spring 2017 Leadership Forum Speakers
January 27, 2017
Utah State University
February 3, 2017
Dr. Richard Hamermesh
Professor of Management Practice
Harvard Business School
Dr. Richard Hamermesh, a professor in entrepreneurial management at Harvard Business School for over 20 years, practices what he teaches. Hamermesh helped take an orthopedic device company from $20 million in sales to $9 billion market cap and later sold it to Johnson Johnson for $22 billion. He helped found BE Aerospace with a small $3 million acquisition. Today BE is the largest supplier in equipment for airplane cabins with sales of over $3 billion. He is also the faculty co-chair for the $20 MM gift the Kraft Family (owners of the New England Patriots) made to advance the field of precision medicine in the fight against cancer.
February 10, 2017
Co-Founder of Diamond Wireless
After graduating from USU in 1999, Danielle Nielson started a business with her brother selling wireless phones. They opened their first retail location, Diamond Wireless, in Fashion Place Mall in Salt Lake City the next year. As a National Agent for Verizon Wireless, they expanded their retail model across the country with 357 locations in 32 states and over 2,000 employees. Danielle is passionate about three things: mentoring, career development and leadership.
February 24, 2017
Dr. Lloyd Baird
Professor of Management, Boston University
Dr. Lloyd Baird is Professor of Management at Boston University and most recently served as Chair of the Organization Behavior Department. He was Executive Director of the Leadership Institute for numerous years and currently serves on the steering committee of the Executive Development Roundtable and Research Director of the Human Resources Policy Institute, both consortiums of leading corporations devoted to improving leadership capability in their organizations. They bring together global organizations from across industry sectors, military and government agencies working to enhance, drive and improve their own efforts of leadership, talent management and innovation. He is author of numerous books and articles, and he consults regularly in the areas of executive leadership, capability development, innovation and process improvement. He also served as Faculty Director of the Questrom School of Business PhD programs. Currently he is completing work on two grants “Redesigning the Undergraduate Learning Experience”and the “Digital Learning Initiatives”.
Nationally he serves on the Editorial Board of the Human Resources Management Journal, and a committee member of BizEd’s Education Innovation Awards.
Dr. Baird has consulted and worked with leading organizations including IBM, Johnson & Johnson, BP, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Florida Power and Light, John Hancock, ATT, Rockwell International, the U.S. Army, etc.
He received his BS degree from Utah State University and his MBA and PhD from Michigan State University.
March 17, 2017
Charles W. Sorenson, MD, FACS
President Emeritus, Intermountain Healthcare
Founding Director, Intermountain Healthcare Leadership Institute
Charles W. Sorenson, MD, FACS, is President Emeritus of Intermountain Healthcare and the Founding Director of the Intermountain Healthcare Leadership Institute, a position he assumed in October 2016. Opening in 2018, the Institute will offer a variety of leadership development courses, including a program designed for selected high potential leaders from the US and abroad. Led by a faculty from Intermountain, other distinguished health systems, and recognized content experts, this program will focus on principle-based decision making and leading at the critical juncture of clinical and administrative expertise.
Dr. Sorenson served as President and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare from January 2009 until his retirement from this position in October 2016. Prior to that, he served for eleven years as Intermountain’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
Dr. Sorenson, a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College at Cornell University, is a board-certified Urologic Surgeon. He began his practice at Intermountain’s LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City in 1982. His professional activities have included serving as President of the Medical Staff at LDS Hospital, chairing the Committee on Young Surgeons for the American College of Surgeons, and serving as President of the Utah Urologic Society and as Speaker of the House of Delegates of the Utah Medical Association. He is an Adjunct Professor of Surgery at the University of Utah.
Dr. Sorenson has a long-standing interest in clinical process improvement and in the development of Intermountain’s integrated delivery system. In 1994 he was one of the founding members of the Intermountain Medical Group, an integrated practice of approximately 1,500 physicians and advanced practice clinicians employed by Intermountain, and served as the founding chair of the Medical Group Board from 1994 to 1998.
Under Dr. Sorenson’s leadership, Intermountain Healthcare implemented a disciplined and system-wide focus on best clinical and operational practices aimed at producing measurably better outcomes for patients at costs that are sustainable to the communities Intermountain serves.
In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Dr. Sorenson has continued to be involved in the practice of urologic surgery at the Intermountain Medical Center, with a primary focus on urologic oncology. Dr. Sorenson and his wife, Sharee, are the parents of four adult children.
March 17, 2017
George S. Eccles Memorial Lecture in Economics
Dr. Lars Hansen
David Rockefeller Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago
Lars Peter Hansen is a leading expert in economic dynamics who works at the forefront of economic thinking and modeling, drawing approaches from macroeconomics, finance, and statistics. He is a recipient of the2013 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. Hansen has made fundamental advances in our understanding of how economic agents cope with changing and risky environments. He has contributed to the development of statistical methods designed to explore the interconnections between macroeconomic indicators and assets in financial markets. These methods are widely used in empirical research in financial economics today.
The Nobel Prize recognizes this work, which has been used to test theories and models that have shaped our modern understanding of asset pricing. His recent research explores how to quantify intertemporal risk-return tradeoffs and ways to model economic behavior when consumers and investors struggle with uncertainty about the future. Improving models that measure risk and uncertainty have important implications for financial markets, fiscal policy, and the macroeconomy. His early research in econometrics was aimed at developing time series statistical methods to investigate one part of an economic model without having to fully specify and estimate all of the model ingredients. The applications he explored with several coauthors, such as Kenneth J. Singleton, Scott F. Richard, Robert Hodrick, and Ravi Jagannathan, included systems that are rich enough to support models of asset valuation and to identify and clarify empirical puzzles, where real-world financial and economic data were at odds with prevailing academic models.
Hansen’s recent work focuses on uncertainty and its relationship to long run risks in the macroeconomy. He explores how models that incorporate ambiguities, beliefs, and skepticism of consumers and investors can explain economic and financial data and reveal the long-term consequences of policy options. Hansen, Thomas J. Sargent, and their coauthors have recently developed methods for modeling economic decision-making in environments in which uncertainty is hard to quantify. They explore the consequences for models with financial markets and characterize environments in which the beliefs of economic actors are fragile. Hansen joined the faculty of the University of Chicago’s Department of Economics in 1981 and has served as department chairman and director of graduate studies. He is now David Rockefeller Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, Statistics, and the College. He is the Director of theBecker Friedman Institute and chairs the Academic Research Council for that institute.
Hansen also serves as co-principal investigator, along with Andrew Lo of MIT, on the Macro Financial Modeling Initiative (MFM). This research group works to develop macroeconomic models with enhanced linkages to financial markets, with the aim of providing better policy tools for monitoring so-called systemic risks to the economy. In addition to the Nobel prize, Hansen has also received many other awards and honors. Hansen won the 2010 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Economics, Finance and Management“for making fundamental contributions to our understanding of how economic actors cope with risky and changing environments.” He also received the CME Group-MSRI Prize in Innovative Quantitative Applications in 2008 and the Erwin Plein Nemmers Prize in Economics from Northwestern University in 2006. In 1984, he and Kenneth J. Singleton were awarded the Frisch Medal from the Econometric Society for their paper, “Generalized Instrumental Variables Estimation of Nonlinear Rational Expectations Models.” Hansen is a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Finance Association. He also is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and past president of theEconometric Society.
He has delivered numerous lectures around the world. In 2016, he presented the CORE Nobel Talk at the Université catholique de Louvain, and in 2015 he presented the LAUNCH Distinguished Lecture at the University of Illinois and the W.P. Carey Lecture at Colorado College. He was the 2014 lecturer at the IGIER Seminar Series at Università Bocconi and lectured at the 1st Macro Finance Workshop of the Macro Finance Society at Ohio State University. Hansen gave the Princeton Lectures in Finance at the Bendheim Center for Finance in December 2010, the Tjalling C. Koopmans Memorial Lectures at Yale in September 2008, and the Third Toulouse Lectures in Economics at the Université de Toulouse in May 2005. Hansen holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and political science from Utah State Universityand a doctorate in economics from the University of Minnesota. Hansen has also received numerous honorary degrees, including an honorary doctorate from Utah State University in 2012.
March 24, 2017
Founder and Managing Director, Foxley & Pignanelli
Doug Foxley has been at the nexus between business and government since graduating from law school and beginning his lobbying practice in 1978. Mr. Foxley was a 2016 Co-Chairman of the reelection campaigns of Governor Gary Herbert and Congresswoman Mia Love. He has also served as a strategic advisor on numerous campaigns throughout his career - most notably being his work as a Senior Advisor to the Jon Huntsman for Governor campaign.
Doug’s extensive political expertise and professional experience have repeatedly proved invaluable resources to both candidates and the clients he represents. From 1985 to 1997, Doug served on the Utah State Board of Regents, where he served as Chair for three years. From 2005 to 2013, Doug also served on the Utah State University Board of Trustees. A true, blue Aggie from Bear River High School, Mr. Foxley is also responsible for facilitating the organization of USU’s Institute of Government & Politics’ speaker series with the goal of engaging students, faculty and the community in civic dialogue. This speaker-series has since been named “The Foxley Forum” in his honor.
March 31, 2017
President & CEO, Zions First National Bank
A. Scott Anderson is president and chief executive officer of Zions First National Bank. Zions Bank is Utah’s oldest financial institution and is the only local bank with a statewide distribution of branches. Zions operates 107 full service branches throughout Utah and 25 full service branches in Idaho. In addition to a wide range of traditional banking services, Zions offers a comprehensive array of investment, mortgage, and insurance services and has a network of loan origination offices for small businesses, nationwide. Founded in 1873, Zions Bank has been serving the communities of the Intermountain West for nearly 130 years.
A native of Salt Lake City, Anderson joined Zions Bank in December of 1990. Anderson received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and economics from Columbia University in New York. He also received a master’s degree in economics and international studies from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Active in community affairs, Anderson is currently serving on a number of business and non-profit boards.
April 7, 2017
Assistant Professor, Huntsman School of Business
Presentation Title: Leadership from Narcissistic CEOs? A review of firm-related outcomes.
Dr. Olsen received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in 2015. He received his B.S. (Accounting) and Master of Accountancy degrees from Brigham Young University in 2009. His research interests are in management control systems and personality characteristics. His research has been published in Journal of Management Accounting Research, Journal of the American Taxation Association, and Issues in Accounting Education. He and his wife, Lexi, have two children, a boy and a girl.
April 21, 2017
CEO, Women's Leadership Institute
The mission of the Women’s Leadership Institute is to elevate the stature of female leadership in the state of Utah. The organization was formed in January, 2015 through the visionary efforts of key business leaders to address Utah’s deficiencies in the presence of women at top levels of corporate and political leadership. Jones was tapped as CEO because of her background and expertise in the business and political worlds as well as her ability to engage, collaborate and lead. As co-founder and former President of Dan Jones & Associates, a successful public opinion and market research firm for 35 years, Jones helped lead and manage the company while serving on numerous community and company boards. Jones is an experienced and highly-regarded researcher, specializing in qualitative research, having conducted hundreds of focus groups throughout the country for a variety of industries since 1980.
Senator Jones served in the Utah Legislature for 14 years, serving in leadership positions 12 of those years. She was a member of the Utah House of Representatives from 2000-2006 and was elected to the Utah Senate in 2006-2014, serving eight years there, including serving as the first female leader in either party and in either House. While in the Utah Legislature, Jones was a member of various committees, including Public Education, Higher Education, Health and Human Services, Judiciary, Economic Development, Law Enforcement, Government Operations and Executive Appropriations.
A University of Utah graduate in Communications (magna cum laude), Jones currently serves on the Utah Board of Regents, the Board of Governors of the Salt Lake Chamber, Zions Bank Board, the Intermountain Healthcare Community Care Foundation, Dominion/Questar Advisory Board, Prosperity 2020 co-chair, and on the National Advisory Board of the University of Utah School of Dentistry.
Jones has served on the boards of United Way of Salt Lake, Zions Bank Women's Financial Group, Utah Symphony and Opera, St. Mark’s Hospital, Hale Centre Theatre, Columbus Community Center, University of Utah Alumni Association, Coalition for People with Disabilities, This is the Place State Park, Utah Commission on Aging, and the Coalition for the Understanding of Substance Abuse Disease.
Pat Jones’ interests are many, but she prefers to move rather than sit. She enjoys exercising, biking, skiing, playing pickle ball, tennis, watching sports (especially basketball and football), reading, politics, cooking, having fun with her children and grandchildren and traveling. Her least favorite thing to do is wait in long lines. Patricia is married to Dr. Dan E. Jones (41 years) and has four children, three step-children and sixteen grandchildren.