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

Howard Putnam

March 12, 2013 – Today, Davidson County Community College hosted two of our nation’s top thought leaders and business experts – Howard Putnam and Daniel Burrus – to a sold-out audience of DCCC business partners, faculty and staff, as well as community members. Both Putnam and Burrus presented thought-provoking and timely topics under the broader program titled “Leadership During Turbulent Times and Opportunities for the Next 50 Years.” The event was one of many celebrations planned to honor the college’s 50th anniversary. 

“Both Howard Putnam and Daniel Burrus are leaders who were able to offer a great deal of valuable insight from their personal experiences in the business world,” said Dr. Mary Rittling, president of DCCC. “Their presentations serve as reminders of what our community can do to help better prepare us in the 21st century economy.”

Putnam, former CEO of the highly successful Southwest Airlines and former CEO of Braniff International, discussed his years of leadership and offered advice on how creativeness, innovativeness, inspiration and teamwork help companies, organizations and more to succeed.

In his presentation, he noted that many companies experience tough times; however, those tough times are prime learning experiences that often fuel creativity and inspiration. “Turbulence is inevitable, but misery is optional,” said Putnam, who 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.

Daniel Burrus

Burrus, CEO of Burrus Research, a research and consulting firm that monitors global advancements in technology-driven trends, noted that the future is in our hands, and when different generations work together and collaborate, amazing ideas can happen. “You can’t change the past; it’s locked in, says Burrus, who is considered one of the world’s leading futurists on global trends and innovation. “The only thing you can change is your future.” 

“Both speakers gave us an amazing opportunity to learn how to transform ourselves in a different way,” added Rittling. “As a college, learning and transforming in ways we never thought were possible will ultimately help prepare us for the future – and the future of our students.”

Anniversary Sponsors of today’s symposium were Bank of North Carolina, Mountcastle Insurance and Thomasville Medical Center.

Editor’s Note: Pictured in the attached photos are Howard Putnam and Daniel Burrus, both speakers at a lunchtime symposium today at DCCC. The event is one of many celebrations planned throughout the year to celebrate the college’s 50th anniversary.

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.