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Leadership DNA

Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Time: 2:00 p.m. (ET) / 1:00 p.m. (CT) / 12:00 p.m. (MT) / 11:00 a.m. (PT)
Length: 60 minutes
Fee: Free
Speaker: David Fair, Principal, The Callidus Group LLP
  Robert Graham, Principal, The Callidus Group LLP   
  Bill Ringle, Principal, The Callidus Group LLP   
Category: AQC, Training and Education  
Sponsored by BirdDogHR

Leadership DNA is the first part of a "Learn to Lead" series of programs created by the Callidus Group from ABC's Western Pennsylvania chapter. This module is a broad overview of the art and science of Leadership.  It explores and defines what leadership is and debunks some leadership myths. Following this overview will be a discussion of leadership fundamentals including common traits possessed by all great leaders and best practices shared by many excellent leaders. Finally, a discussion of some major leadership skills will be explored. In this session we present some of the major challenges all leaders face and how anyone can acquire the knowledge and skill to properly meet those challenging situations.

Following the presentation will be a Q&A session for participants to ask questions specific to their leadership experience. Handouts of the content will be available to attendees for download.

  • Understand the meaning of Leadership
  • Learn the foundation of Leadership
  • Identify Leadership skills
PowerPoint Presentation(PDF)

 David Fair is the founder of D2 Business and Manufacturing Solutions, LLC a consulting firm that helps small and medium size businesses reach their full potential through strategic planning, management and leadership counseling. His thirty plus year career includes diverse assignments in manufacturing; R&D/Process Technology; engineering; plant and business management for Fortune 100 firms, family owned businesses and his own ventures. These experiences include both domestic and international activities. He has worked in a wide range of industries including chemicals, metals, electronics, and biotechnology.

He is a graduate of and a certified facilitator for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s FastTrac® entrepreneurial education program and is an adjunct faculty member at Robert Morris University in their entrepreneurship program through the college of Business. He has served as a coach for companies in the Pittsburgh Accelerator’s business plan contest. Fair has a B.S. in chemical engineering from Lehigh University and an M.S. in management from National Louis University. He holds 10 U.S. and foreign patents.

 Robert H. Graham, currently the Executive in Residence at the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA, is the founder of Robert Graham Associates, LLC, a consulting firm dealing with process improvement and optimization. He has held several positions in a Fortune 50 company in areas of quality assurance and manufacturing management, technical sales, new venture management, R&D and the manufacturing development of new materials and products in support of the national space program.

In addition, he has held an executive management position in a privately held materials manufacturing company that developed and produced advanced technology components for worldwide electronic applications.

He also has experience with process improvement through a non-profit community resource consortium in the field of healthcare, and has served as the Director of Institutional Advancement for a private, K-12, faith-based, inner-city school.

He is a graduate of the FastTrac® program and is a certified facilitator for the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, MO. Bob holds a B.S. and M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Missouri – Rolla, and is currently also an adjunct professor in the MBA program at Chatham University.

 Bill Ringle is President of SystemRingle, LLC. He serves as a trusted business advisor to the owners of privately held companies. Working closely with the business owner, Bill’s mantra is “systems should run a business, not the owner.”

His prior career in the specialty steel and titanium industry focused on both domestic and international sales to the aerospace markets. In 1991, he led a management group to buy and restructure a closed steel mill. Pittsburgh Flatroll Company was formed as a niche producer of aerospace and other specialty metals in flat product forms. Ringle and his team built Pittsburgh Flatroll into a company generating $10M in revenue and creating nearly 50 jobs before selling his interest in the startup. He moved on to serve as President of a titanium processing company with three plants and 118 employees.

Ringle is a graduate and certified facilitator for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s FastTrac® entrepreneurial education program. He serves on several nonprofit boards in his community. Ringle holds a B.A. in economics from Indiana University of PA and an MBA from Waynesburg College

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