Events Highlights

BB&T Sponsors Colloquium Featuring Competitiveness & Innovation at Smith 
How can the United States stay competitive and lead in a world of rapid and dramatic change? Deborah Wince-Smith, president and CEO of the Council on Competitiveness, discussed the challenges and opportunities of a transformed competitive landscape at a BB&T Colloquium on Competitiveness and Innovation on February 21, 2013. The event was sponsored by BB&T in partnership with Center for Leadership, Innovation and Change (CLIC) at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. School of Business.

Nobel Laureate Dr. Thomas Schelling at BB&T Colloquium on Capitalism, Ethics, and Leadership on November 8, 2012
Can game theory help decision makers? “Sometimes” seemed to be the answer, in a wide-ranging dialogue between Dr. Thomas Schelling, recipient of the 2005 Nobel Prize in Economics, and William Mayer, senior partner of Park Avenue Equity Partners and former dean of the Smith School. The discussion was held at the BB&T Colloquium on Capitalism, Ethics and Leadership on Thursday, November 8, 2012. The annual event, hosted by the Center for Leadership, Innovation and Change (CLIC), is sponsored by BB&T and held at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

IBM’s Stan Litow at BB&T Colloquium on Capitalism, Ethics and Leadership on April 14, 2011
On Thursday, April 14, 2011, the Center for Leadership, Innovation and Change hosted the BB&T Colloquium on Capitalism, Ethics and Leadership, featuring speaker Stanley S. Litow of IBM. Litow is vice president of corporate citizenship and corporate affairs and president for IBM’s Foundation.

CLIC Launches in Baltimore with Jim Parker, Former CEO of Southwest Airlines
Jim Parker, former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and chairman of the board of Southwest Airlines, is no stranger to the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business – but now he’s officially joined as an executive-in-residence at the school’s just-launched Center for Leadership, Innovation and Change (CLIC). On Dec. 9, 2010, Baltimore-area business leaders came to the University of Maryland BioPark to celebrate the launch of CLIC and to hear Parker’s address on “Leadership in Challenging Times.”

CLIC Launch Event Hosted by Former BB&T CEO John Allison
On October 13, 2010, the Center for Leadership, Innovation and Change (CLIC) at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business hosted its College Park launch event with an in-depth presentation by Former Chairman and CEO of BB&T John Allison. The presentation centered around the core values of Allison’s leadership model, “Principled Leadership,” which has been successfully implemented at BB&T and is highly regarded all over the world.

Smith School Launches New Center for Leadership, Innovation and Change 
More than 200 executives came together for an exploration of leadership at “The New Challenges of Leadership: Public and Private Sector Perspectives,” the inaugural conference of the Smith School’s new Center for Leadership, Innovation and Change (CLIC) on October 1, 2010. Keynote speaker Bob Stevens, chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin, told attendees that leadership was the common denominator that allowed organizations to address the challenges of increasing demands in a time of decreased and constrained resources.

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Pat Stocker Named Executive Director
Pat Stocker, PhD, was named executive director of CLIC. Stocker is President of Stocker & Associates LLC, a consulting organization based in Bethesda, Maryland. She has served as Senior Executive Education Consultant for Marriott International (including Ritz-Carlton and the Marriott Vacation Club businesses) and as program director for their four-week Marriott Executive Development Program and one-week Marriott General Managers Program, and the Leadership Excellence Program for high potential employees.

BB&T News Release
In March 2010, the Robert H. Smith School of Business received $1.5 million from the BB&T Foundation to support to business ethics and leadership programs. Awarded over a 10-year period, the gift funds new curriculum and the BB&T Colloquium on Capitalism, Ethics and Leadership lecture series at the Smith School’s new Center for Leadership, Innovation and Change (CLIC). [MORE]

CEO @ Smith: Jim Parker
Former CEO of Southwest Airlines Helped put the "Friendly" in Friendly Skies
On Feb. 24, 2010, CEO @ Smith, a new speaker series designed to put students and top executives in an interactive lecture environment, kicked off the spring semester with Jim Parker, former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and chairman of the board of Southwest Airlines.