FREDForumBostonFRED Forum was Boston-bound in 2012, exploring leadership issues in a city renowned for technological innovation and a revolutionary spirit. The FRED Leadership community gathered for two-and-a-half days to explore cutting-edge practices and innovations in leadership, leadership development and organizational excellence in Boston, Massachusetts from September 11-13.

FRED Forum Objectives
> To build a powerful and passionate community that is committed to elevating the quality of leadership in the world
> To provide an original, revitalizing and inspiring forum experience in which to explore cutting-edge innovations in the fields of leadership, organization excellence and leadership/executive development
> To honor and celebrate the contributions of exemplary leaders and to learn from their experience and wisdom
> To collaborate across traditional silos in developing the kind of leadership needed to address critical global challenges that will help make a better world

Program Highlights:

> The Rise of the New Global Elite: Chrystia Freeland, Editor, Thomson Reuters Digital. Chrystia was formerly the US Managing Editor at the Financial Times. She frequently appears on shows such as The McLaughlin Group, The Dylan Ratigan Show, and The Colbert Report. She is the author of Sale of the Century, a 2000 book about Russia’s journey from communism to capitalism. In her session, she will cover key points form her new book, Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else.

> FRED Organization Spotlight on Walmart: Susan Chambers, Executive Vice President Global People Division at Walmart, will speak about leadership and organization at Walmart, and will discuss servant leadership, as well. Susan was recently named in an issue of Fortune Magazine as the Human Resource Executive on their 2011 Executive Fantasy Team.

> FRED Leadership Development Spotlight on Dr. David Campbell: David Campbell, Ph.D., Smith Richardson Senior Fellow Emeritus, Center for Creative Leadership. For the last ten years CCL has been rated by the London Financial Times among the Top Ten Executive Education organizations. David joined CCL in 1974 and retired as the Smith Richardson Senior Fellow Emeritus in 2008. This session features a conversation with David about his lifetime experience and views on leadership and developing leaders.

> The Hardest Questions Aren’t on the Test: Lessons from an Innovative Urban School: Linda Nathan, Ed.D., Founding Headmaster, Boston Arts Academy and Executive Director Center for Arts in Education, Boston Arts Academy. Boston Arts Academy (BAA) is the city’s first and only high school for the visual and performing arts. It was founded on the conviction that academics and the arts are equally important to student development and achievement. The arts are integrated throughout the curriculum, motivating students with a variety of learning styles to succeed in high school and pursue higher education. BAA is committed to providing rigorous arts and academic education to urban youth who seldom have the opportunity to focus on the arts.

> High Exposure: David Breashears, Filmmaker, Mountaineer & Founder, GlacierWorks. The sub-title of David’s session is An Enduring Passion for Everest and Unforgiving Places and is based on his work as a mountaineer and filmmaker. He has worked on feature films including Seven Years in Tibet and Cliffhanger, as well as on the award-winning documentary Red Flag Over Tibet. In 1983 he transmitted the first live pictures from the summit of Mount Everest and in 1985 became the first American to twice reach its summit. He is the recipient of four Emmy awards for achievement in cinematography.

> FRED Leadership Expeditions: Participants will work in small teams and visit exemplary Boston organizations. The objective is for participants to experience an organization and leadership that is different from what they might typically be exposed to. Teams will return to debrief what they have learned and the full group will identify highlights and key insights.

> Return on Luck: Malcolm Daly, Executive Director, Paradox Sports, Founder, Great Trango Holdings and Alaskan Survivor presents his amazing story. Malcolm will discuss the concept of “Return on Luck” and how luck often plays a role in our endeavors. Participants will identify and share how luck has impacted them in their lives and careers.

> The $300 House: Vijay Govindarajan (VG), Professor of International Business, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, will cover his work on Reverse Engineering and specifically the inspiring $300 House project. He will also focus on the role of leadership. Everyone will receive a copy of his new book on this topic.

> How Great Companies Think Differently: Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor at Harvard Business School and Chair & Director of the Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative. Rosabeth will speak about how great companies see business as a primary pillar of society. And how this focus facilitates the kind of cross-border and cross-sector engagement needed to tap global opportunities. She will also discuss how firms consider the public interest, along with business priorities through the formation of public-private partnerships.

> FRED Leadership Spotlight on Poonam Ahluwalia: Ms. Poonam Ahluwalia is the Founder & President of Youth Entrepreneur and Sustainability (YES) Inc., an international non-profit and development organization. The YES Campaign is an initiative in 55 countries that responds to the enormous global challenge of youth unemployment. Poonam will focus on Youth Trade, a YES project designed to promote entrepreneurship among people under the age of 35 by creating new markets for their products.

> Special Events:
Welcome & Reception Monday evening at The Boston Liberty Hotel, Fifth Floor Rotunda
Tuesday afternoon Duck Tour and drop off at the Boston Museum of Science for Reception & Dinner in the d’Arbaloff Suite
Wednesday Reception & Dinner at the Old State House
Thursday Luncheon catered by Youth Trade Organization
Spouse & Partner Program: Optional Half-Day Activities Tues, approximately 10am-2pm

FRED Forum 2012 Agenda

FRED Forum 2012 Daily Newsletter & Full Summary


FRED Forum 2012 Opening & Flash Opera

FRED Forum 2012 Closing

FRED Leadership Development Spotlight on David Campbell

FRED Leadership Spotlight on Poonam Ahluwalia


About the FRED Leadership Forum

The FRED Leadership Forum gathers, connects, inspires and supports established and emergent leaders from across sectors and generations. It explores the “why” as well as the “how” of leaders’ work and serves as a nexus, catalyst and incubator for re-imagined leadership. The Forum’s most distinctive feature, a focus on moral imperatives for enriching the world as well as the bottom line, feeds the soul as well as the intellect, thereby cultivating world-shaping aspirations, expertise and skills.