University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business Launches Center
for Leadership, Innovation and Change
Center Hosts “New Challenges of Leadership” Event Oct. 1 in Washington, D.C.
College Park, Md. – Aug. 30, 2010 — The University of Maryland’s Robert H.
Smith School of Business will launch a new Center for Leadership, Innovation and
Change (CLIC) on Oct. 1 with a daylong event in Washington, D.C. Lockheed Martin
Chairman and CEO Bob Stevens will keynote the event. The new center is focused
on producing vanguard research and programs to foster effective leadership,
build organizational capabilities for innovation and change, and promote social
stewardship in organizations. The center is supported by BB&T, which pledged
$1.5 million over 10 years in this effort.
“Effective leadership that encourages innovation is more critical than ever,
especially for organizations operating with constrained resources and with the
global economy in flux,” said G. “Anand” Anandalingam, dean of the Robert H.
Smith School of Business. “The Center for Leadership, Innovation and Change will
translate our faculty’s scholarly research and practical expertise into insights
all leaders can use – whether they lead corporations, government agencies or
The event, “The New Challenges of Leadership: Public and Private Sector
Perspectives,” will be held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International
Trade Center in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Senior
business, government and nonprofit executives will explore various aspects of
leadership and how to meet challenges through innovation.
Stevens will serve as the lunch keynote and address “Developing Leaders,”
sharing Lockheed Martin’s approach to cultivating managerial talent needed to
steer the organization ahead through dynamic and turbulent times. Other speakers
include Deborah Adler Myers, executive vice president of programming for
Discovery Communications’ Emerging Networks; Alan Gregerman, author and CEO of
VentureWorks; and Susan Schwab, former U.S. Trade Representative.
The globally recognized faculty researchers at the Center for Leadership,
Innovation and Change are forging new approaches to leadership and management
through the center’s strategy to connect theory and practice on leadership. With
exceptional research and related programs, activities and events, the center
serves a broad audience of executives, managers, scholars, instructors, students
Pat Stocker was named the executive director of the center. She is also
president of Stocker & Associates LLC, a consulting organization based in
Bethesda, Md., which coordinates custom executive education programs. She has
done extensive work for Marriott, Lockheed Martin, Honeywell, Aetna Insurance
and many other organizations. Stocker previously served for more than 10 years
as associate dean and director of executive programs at the Smith School, where
she also taught marketing. She received her PhD in business administration from
the University of Colorado at Boulder and her MBA from the Robert H. Smith
School of Business.
Smith professors Kathryn Bartol, Susan Taylor and Paul Tesluk serve as
co-directors for the center. Bartol is the Robert H. Smith Professor of
Management and Organization and past president of the Academy of Management.
Taylor is the Smith Chair of Human Resource Management and Organizational Change
and a Fellow of the Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Tesluk is
the Ralph J. Tyser Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource
Management and chair of the department of Management and Organization at Smith.
With support from BB&T, center activities will include the BB&T Colloquium on
Capitalism, Ethics and Leadership lecture series, to begin in the spring;
leadership development programs for students and practitioners; non-degree
executive education programs; conferences and speakers series; and research
collaborations with public- and private-sector organizations.
More information about the Smith School’s Center for
Leadership, Innovation and Change is available online.
Information and online registration for the
Oct. 1 event, “The New Challenges of Leadership,” is available online.
About the University of Maryland’s Robert H.
Smith School of Business
The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader
in management education and research. One of 13 colleges and schools at the
University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate,
full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, executive MS, PhD and executive
education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The
school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning
locations in North America and Asia.