Leadership and teamwork—its challenges and rewards were on the agenda at the 7th annual Broad Executive Forum of Chicago, May 15, at the University Club in downtown Chicago.
Some 80 Spartans turned out for an afternoon session to learn how to take charge of their career from Chicago Spartans who shared their experiences with the Broad College’s Executive Development Programs.
Julie Fasone Holder (BA Business Administration ’75), vice president of the Broad College Alumni Association and executive consultant, moderated a panel that included Stu Reed (BA Materials and Logistics Purchasing Management ’83), president of Sears Home Services and 2013 president of the Broad College Alumni Association; Bruce Leech (BA Financial Administration ’78), co-founder and director of Cross Com National; and Heather Jacobsen, director of portfolio project management at Sears Home Services, a recent alumna of the EDP Program Executive Strategies for Women.
In an evening program that featured Michigan State University’s athletic director and MSU alumnus Mark Hollis (BA Communication Arts & Sciences ’85) as the keynote speaker, alumni had plenty of opportunities to ask questions about the new Big 10 east and west divisions as well as learn about facilities developments and team achievements in the Spartan athletics programs.
Hollis also spoke about the unique partnership between the Broad College and Athletics to present Building Winning Teams: Quest for Excellence. “Excellence,” he said, “is achieved when the knowledge of coaches and the research expertise of faculty come together in this unique learning experience for the business community.” The three-day program, which was offered for the first time on May 15–17, 2013, on the campus of MSU, included live discussions with coaches, leadership assessment and evaluation and action learning activities participants build sustainable skills needed for creating high-performing teams.
Finally, the Broad College Dean Stefanie Lenway presented the college’s 2012–2013 Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award to Chicagoan Bruce Leech. “From your role on the Broad College department and alumni boards to your personal assistance in elevating the presence of the college among Chicago alumni and business people, you have shown a dedicated interest in providing an outstanding student experience for undergraduate and graduate students of the Broad College and alumni, and enhancing our reputation as a top teaching and research institution,” Lenway said. The outstanding alumni recognition honors business achievements and contributions to industry and community.
In what is a first for the Broad College, Leech is the second alumnus in his family to receive the college award. His late father, Ransom Leech (BA Economics ’53), was awarded the honor in 1999.