DCCC to Host Top Thought Leaders, Business Experts in Lunchtime Symposium as Part of 50th Anniversary Celebration

Feb. 21, 2013 – Davidson County Community College will host Howard Putnam and Daniel Burrus – two of our nation’s top thought leaders and business experts – as part of the yearlong celebration of the college’s 50th anniversary. The lunchtime symposium, titled “Leadership During Turbulent Times and Opportunities for the Next 50 Years,” will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 12 in the DCCC Conference Center on the Davidson Campus.

Howard Putnam

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to present these top business experts here on our campus,” says Dr. Mary Rittling, president of DCCC. “Both Daniel Burrus and Howard Putnam are leaders who offer a great deal of valuable insight from personal experience. Guests from all over this region will find their presentations not only remarkable and enlightening, but they will also leave with great ideas for leading their own businesses or organizations.”

Putnam, former CEO of the highly successful Southwest Airlines and former CEO of Braniff International, has been an entrepreneur, served as director of several startup technology companies, and is author, speaker and adviser on business issues, change, leadership

and ethics. At Braniff, he was the first executive to restructure a major airline into, through and out of chapter 11. In his book, “The Winds of Turbulence,” as well as in his highly rated speeches, he discusses leadership and ethics, drawing upon his own extensive knowledge and experience as a corporate visionary. Putnam’s ultimate objective is “bottom line improvement” and he believes that cultures that place people as their No. 1 priority have the greatest long-term impact and success. Harvard University even wrote a case study on his Braniff experiences, called “The Ethics of Bankruptcy.” 

Daniel Burrus

Burrus, CEO of Burrus Research, a research and consulting firm that monitors global advancements in technology driven trends to help clients profit from technological, social and business forces that are converging to create enormous, untapped opportunities, is considered one of the world’s leading futurists on global trends and innovation. He is a strategic adviser to executives from Fortune 500 companies, helping them develop game-changing strategies based on his proven methodologies for capitalizing on technology innovations and their future impact. His client list includes companies such as Microsoft, GE, American Express, Google, Toshiba, Procter & Gamble, Honda, and IBM. He is the author of six books, including best-sellers “Flash Foresight: How to See the Invisible and Do the Impossible,” as well as “Technotrends.”

“We encourage the community to take part in this significant event as part of our continued 50th anniversary celebration,” Rittling adds.

Ticket purchase is required to attend the event. To be a sponsor of this event and also reserve a table for eight people, the sponsor price is $2,500; to reserve a table for eight people, the registration fee is $800; and a limited number of individual tickets are available for $125 each.

To purchase tickets, or for questions and other information, call 336-224-4680 or email foundation@davidsonccc.edu.

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully-accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. It is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations, and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College on the Web at davidsonccc.edu.