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The enduring mission of the Tobias Center is inspiring leadership excellence on a national scale.  Special access to the Center’s work will be furnished to Indiana citizens for the distinct purpose of enhancing leadership within the state.


2017 Tobias Leadership Engagement and Discovery Conference: April 20-21, 2017 at The Alexander Hotel in Indianapolis, IN

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The 2017 Tobias Leadership Engagement and Discovery Conference will be held April 20-21, 2017 at The Alexander hotel in downtown Indianapolis. The conference schedule is below.

April 20-21, 2017
The Alexander Hotel
333 S. Delaware St., Indianapolis, IN
Time: 8:00am Thursday to 5:00pm Friday

The Conference brings together scholars and practitioners from the entire spectrum of leadership including corporate leadership, not-for-profit leadership, religious leadership, educational leadership, medical leadership, and political leadership. The Conference will feature papers and panels from all academic disciplines. A primary purpose of this conference is to promote interdisciplinary collaboration and facilitate the exchange of ideas on the broad subject of leadership.

The Conference will begin the morning of April 20th. Multiple sessions will be held Thursday and Friday consisting of speaker presentations, panel discussions, and research presentations concerning the broad topic of leadership.

Conference Registration Fee:

The $295.00 registration fee includes all conference sessions and meals.

Conference Hotel: The Alexander

333 S. Delaware St., Indianapolis, IN

Nestled in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, The Alexander features outstanding business amenities, 157 guest rooms, 52 extended stay suites, and an emphasis on art and design. Guests can take advantage of a fitness center, multiple restaurants, and 16,500 square feet of indoor/outdoor event space. The Alexander offers a refreshing dose of local color and flavor and promises a unique experience for Tobias Leadership Conference attendees. For more information about The Alexander hotel, please call (317) 624-8200. To make a reservation at a special rate reserved for Leadership Engagement and Discovery Conference attendees, click here.


Conference Schedule

Wednesday, April 19

4:00pm – 6:00pm - Early Conference Registration in the Alexander Ballroom Lobby

Thursday, April 20

8:00am – Conference Registration in the Alexander Ballroom Lobby

9:00am – 11:00am – “Negotiate to Collaborate: How to Get What You Want with CQ*,” with Philip Powell and Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow - CityWay Gallery at the Alexander Hotel. *Cultural Quotient (CQ) refers to the capability to relate and work effectively across cultures.

Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business Associate Dean Philip Powell and Professor Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow, also of the Kelley School, will kick off the Leadership Engagement and Discovery (LEAD) Conference with an interactive workshop in the CityWay Gallery. Negotiation skills are not mere extravagances or accessories utilized by a select number of professionals. Whether you aim to effectively negotiate with your boss for a better salary, persuade employees to buy into change, or influence your kids, you can’t afford to expect different or better results by doing the same things. Learn how to use a new, culturally intelligent model of collaboration that will help you get what you want—and what you deserve—out of negotiations. Philip Powell is Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow is Clinical Assistant Professor of Business Law and Management. 

10:30am – 1:30pm – Barnes and Noble Book Fair available in the Alexander Ballroom Lobby

11:15am – 12:30pm – Lunch at Market Table (downstairs at the Alexander Hotel, next to the CityWay Gallery)

1:00pm – 3:00pm - “The Art of Leadership” with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. This conference session will be offsite at the Hilbert Circle Theatre: a free shuttle will be available for conference attendees to travel to and from the venue.

Have you ever wondered how a conductor inspires a supremely creative workforce to achieve a common vision? The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s "Art of Leadership" utilizes music-making as a way to explore leadership styles, thereby creating alignment and maximizing the potential of a high talent workforce. This session includes hands-on experience, lively discussion, and interaction with professional musicians. No musical experience necessary!

Please note: as a Tobias Leadership Engagement and Discovery conference attendee, you will also have the option to receive a special 20% discount on tickets that you purchase for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performance of Brahms’ Requiem on Friday, April 21st at 8:00pm, after the conference has concluded. Click on this link to purchase your tickets:

After you click the “Buy Tickets” button, you may enter this special discount code to receive 20% off your ticket price: TOBIAS20

3:30pm – 4:30pm – Abstract Sessions

4:45pm – 5:45pm – Abstract Sessions

5:30pm – 7:15pm – Barnes and Noble Book Fair available in the Alexander Ballroom Lobby

6:00pm – Reception in the Alexander Ballroom lobby – join us for hors d’oeuvres, beverages, music and mingling!

7:00pm – Dinner in the Alexander Ballroom

Friday, April 21

7:00am – 8:15am – Breakfast at Market Table

7:00am – 4:00pm – Barnes and Noble Book Fair available in the Alexander Ballroom Lobby

8:30am – 9:30am – “Power: Why Some People Have It and Others Don’t,” by Dr. Jeffrey Pfeffer - Plenary Session in the Alexander Ballroom

Dr. Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at Stanford University Graduate School of Business and is recognized as one of the top 25 management thinkers by Thinkers 50. He is the author or co-author of 14 books, including the finalist for the 2015 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year, Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time, and more than 150 articles and book chapters. He writes a bi-monthly column for Fortune magazine and In short, he is one of the most qualified people in the world to help us make sense of the leadership challenges and opportunities that we face.


9:45 – 10:45am – Abstract Sessions

11:00am – 12:00pm – Abstract Sessions

12:00 – 12:45pm – Lunch at Market Table

1:00 – 2:00pm – “The Leadership of All Followers,” by Dr. Richard Gunderman - Plenary Session in the Alexander Ballroom

Richard Gunderman is Chancellor's Professor of Radiology, Pediatrics, Medical Education, Philosophy, Liberal Arts, Philanthropy, and Medical Humanities and Health Studies at Indiana University. He earned his AB Summa Cum Laude from Wabash College, MD and PhD (Committee on Social Thought) with honors from the University of Chicago, and MPH from Indiana University. He is the author of more than 600 articles and has published eight books, including We Make a Life by What We Give, Leadership in Healthcare, Achieving Excellence in Medical Education, X-ray Vision, and Essential Radiology. His latest book, We Come to Life with Those We Serve, will be published later this year.


2:15 – 3:15pm – Abstract Sessions

3:30 – 4:30pm – Abstract Sessions

4:45pm – Closing Remarks in the Alexander Ballroom


Click HERE to register for the 2017 Leadership Engagement and Discovery Conference


For More Information:

Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence
Phone: 317-278-2800


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