[RE]Connections: New Directions In Leadership
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The School of Management is priviliged to welcome Ritch K. Eich, Philippa Klessig and Mark Lefko to share their experiences and insights.
Eich has spent the last four decades studying the philosophies and fundamentals of true leaders. He’s been a top executive, a military communications specialist, a U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff officer, a college teacher, an administrator, a consultant, a writer and an entrepreneur. Along the way, he’s worked with or for a Who’s Who of world leaders, from Howard Holmes (Jiffy Mix) to Tom Monaghan (Domino’s Pizza founder) to Admiral William Thompson. He is founder and president of Eich Associated, a strategic branding, marketing, communication and management coaching firm; an adjunct professor at California Lutheran University; a frequent speaker and blogger on leadership and marketing; and a columnist for various business and professional publications.
In November 2012, Klessig was selected as the Mayor of Westlake Village after being elected to her third four-year term and selected as Mayor Pro Tem the previous year. She has a strong background in starting new businesses and helping run existing operations. She has worked in management as owner, founder and partner, as well as in operations, human resources and print production. Looking for a new and less hectic career, she recently went back to school and completed studies as a landscape designer. While being active in the business world, Klessig has also donated countless hours to her community, Las Virgenes Schools, and to the City of Westlake Village. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's in psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and earned credentials as a landscape designer from Pierce Community College.
During 35 years as a corporate executive and investment banker, Lefko founded the Lefko Group, now one of the nation’s leading facilitators for corporate retreats and CEO peer groups. He has coached and mentored more than 100 CEOs and led countless strategic planning retreats, corporate think tanks, and industry roundtables. In 2012, he founded the Conscious Leadership Connection, a network, forum and resource for likeminded leaders in business, government and community. He is author of Wake Up and Lead.
Ritch Eich will be selling his two books at the event, with proceeds of Real Leaders Don’t Boss (Career Press, 2012) being donated to nonprofits caring for American men and women wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan, and proceeds of Leadership Requires Extra Innings (Second City Publishing Services, 2013) being donated to the Jackie Robinson Foundation for scholarships to deserving students.
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