How can you develop as an authentic leader and human being, and still live a successful, fulfilling life both at work and at home?  Is this just too much to ask in the modern world?

Harvard professor and former Medtronic CEO, Bill George and co-author Doug Baker will discuss their new book. "True North Groups" describes how having a small group of intimate colleagues with whom you can share your challenges and opportunities, your joys and sorrows, and get honest feedback will enhance your self-awareness and your leadership skills.

Author of four best-sellers, beginning with Authentic Leadership, George, now with Baker, has written an inspiring and compelling guide to forming a True North Group, complete with examples and activities of how to do so. In fact, True North Groups shows how to create a high-performing team while addressing its inevitable "storming" periods. Bill George is a bestselling author, professor of management practice at Harvard Business School and former chairman and CEO, Medtronic Inc. He serves on the boards of ExxonMobil, Goldman Sachs, Carnegie Endowment, World Economic Forum USA, and Tyrone Guthrie Theater. He is a regular contributor to CNBC and Harvard "Working Knowledge."

Doug Baker has been a corporate executive, consultant, teacher, author, mentor and community leader for more than four decades. Today, he is founder and president of True North Groups Institute, an organization he created in 2011 with co-author Bill George. Baker holds degrees from the University of Texas-Austin and the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Baker currently serves on the advisory board for the Center of Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota.


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Speaker Profiles

Bill George (Speaker)
Harvard Business School Professor, former Medtronic CEO, and Best-Selling author

Bill George is a professor of management practice at Harvard Business School, where he has taught leadership since 2004. He is the author of four best-selling books 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis, True North, Finding Your True North, and Authentic Leadership.

Mr. George is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Medtronic. He joined Medtronic in 1989 as President and Chief Operating Officer, was Chief Executive Officer from 1991-2001, and Chairman of the Board from 1996 to 2002. Earlier in his career, he was an executive with Honeywell and Litton Industries and served in the U.S. Department of Defense.

Mr. George currently serves as a director of ExxonMobil and Goldman Sachs, and also recently served on the boards of Novartis and Target Corporation. He is also currently a trustee of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, World Economic Forum USA and the Guthrie Theater. He has served as chair of the board of Allina Health System, Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, United Way of the Greater Twin Cities, and Advamed.

He has been named one of "Top 25 Business Leaders of the Past 25 Years" by PBS, "Executive of the Year-2001″ by the Academy of Management, and "Director of the Year-2001-02″ by the National Association of Corporate Directors. Mr. George has made frequent appearances on television and radio, including: The Charlie Rose Show, The Today Show, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, NOW, CNBC, Bloomberg News, and NPR. His articles have appeared in Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, and numerous other publications.

Mr. George received his BSIE with high honors from Georgia Tech, his MBA with high distinction from Harvard University, where he was a Baker Scholar, and honorary PhDs from Georgia Tech and Bryant University. During 2002-03 he was professor at IMD International and Ecole Polytechnique in Lausanne, Switzerland, and executive-in-residence at Yale School of Management.

He and his wife Penny reside in Minnesota.

For move information about Bill and projects he is working on follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


Lauren Boulware 


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Program Schedule:

5:30 - 6:30 PM Networking and Refreshments
6:30 - 8:00 PM Program