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How do toys stay relevant? Richard Dickson ’90 explains Mattel’s philosophy

Mattel President and COO Richard Dickson answers a tough question: How do brands stay relevant? Speaking to an audience of students, faculty, staff and guests at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, Dickson ’90 told the story of Mattel, described how he finds inspiration, broke down the reinvention of a legacy brand and offered some good, old-fashioned career advice. Dickson was on campus this week for the fall 2019 installment of the CEO @ Smith speaker series.

CEO@Smith

The Robert H. Smith School of Business welcomes Richard Dickson, president and COO of Mattel.

He oversees product development, marketing strategy and content creation across hundreds of Mattel's legacy and new brands and he's coming to Smith.

Richard Dickson

Date
November 7, 2019 - 6:00pm

Tools for Success from the Stanley Black & Decker CEO

Stanley Black & Decker President and CEO James Loree’s tools for success can be stripped down to a few simple rules: Be innovative, never stop learning, do the right thing and be forward-thinking.

Loree told his story of growing Stanley Black & Decker, detailed his goals for the future, and talked about being a good corporate citizen to an audience of students, faculty, staff and guests on Nov. 6 at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Loree was on campus for the fall 2018 installment of the CEO @ Smith speaker series, a conversation moderated by Maryland Smith Dean Alexander Triantis.

CEO@Smith: Deloitte CEO, Cathy Engelbert

Many CEOs sleep with their smartphones on the nightstand next to their beds. Some even sleep with it in their beds. Deloitte CEO, Cathy Engelbert prefers to keep hers downstairs at night. "Disconnect yourself every once in a while," she told an overflow crowd on March 14, 2018, during the CEO@Smith speaker series at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. “You work hard, but you need to find time to take care of yourself.”

CEO@Smith: Kees Kruythoff, Unilever

Students starting their careers should ask themselves three questions, Unilever North America President Kees Kruythoff said on Oct. 10, 2017, at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. “These individual discussions can help you discover your personal purpose,” Kruythoff said during a CEO @ Smith keynote address. “People with purpose, they thrive.”

CEO@Smith: Arne Sorenson, Marriott

In the face of hotel industry disruption, Marriott International’s answer is to grow, the company’s president and CEO said April 26, 2016, at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. The Bethesda, Md.-based hospitality giant is poised to become the world’s biggest hotel company later this year with the acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, allowing it to create more connections with middle-class travelers worldwide.

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