Harvard Business School Professor Bill George to Deliver Opening Address at the World Business Forum

Oct 02, 2009, 20:54 ET from HSM

MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Leadership guru and best-selling author Bill George will be the opening speaker among a stellar line-up of global business icons and thought-leaders as he kicks off the 2009 World Business Forum in New York on October 6. Other speakers include president Bill Clinton, economist Paul Krugman and filmmaker George Lucas.

"There could not be a better testing ground for leaders than the global economic meltdown," says George. "I believe all the economic misery, financial disasters and millions of lost jobs will produce a new generation of leaders who are battle-tested in crisis and ready to get the global economy pointed in a healthier long-term direction."

George, the former CEO of Medtronic and a member of the board of directors of Exxon Mobil, Goldman Sachs and the World Economic Forum, will speak on leadership during difficult times. He will tell the business executives in attendance that they must not waste the crisis created by the state of the world economy, but rather use this opportunity to implement the game-changing decisions that will position their organizations for lasting, sustainable growth.

Bill George has been named one of the "Top 25 Business Leaders of the Past 25 Years" by PBS, "Executive of the Year-2001" by the Academy of Management, and "Director of the Year-2001-02" by the National Association of Corporate Directors. He is a best-selling author and world-renowned expert on leadership. His latest book, 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis, is #3 on the Wall Street Journal's best-seller list. George is a contributor to CNBC and Businessweek, and has been featured in the New York Times, Fortune magazine and on NBC's Today Show.

He will be speaking from 10:00am - 11:00am at the World Business Forum at New York's Radio City Music Hall on Tuesday morning, October 6.

For more information about Bill George, visit: www.billgeorge.org

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