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Procter & Gamble Top Exec Shares Views on Leadership.

In his illustrious business career, Manuel "Manny" Gonzalez has been the leader of literally thousands of employees.

For the last 22 years, he has held various marketing and sales leadership positions at Procter & Gamble (P&G), one of the most respected companies in the world, with annual sales of over $82.6 billion dollars. Mr. Gonzalez has served as Regional Director of Latin America, for one of the company's leading global teams. He also has the distinction of being the first Hispanic in Customer Business Development to achieve a General Manager level position on the North American regional business, as head of Innovation and Operations, and later named as a Vice President of the Company.

Today, Mr. Gonzalez is a Vice President of Global Operations in P&G's Global MDO unit and also serves, having been appointed by the Secretary of Commerce, on the Industry Trade Advisory Committee for Consumer Goods where he is Vice-Chairman.

Mr. Gonzalez was well-prepared for leadership roles. He was Salutatorian of his Miami Jackson High School (Florida) class and an All-County and All-State first team cross-country runner. He later went on to earn Continue Reading

The Leadership Lectures 2012
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The Leader's Toolbox by Dr. Modesto Maidique

After working for many years in such environments, a personalized set of heuristics, a "personal toolbox" emerges that senior managers carry from job to job. After thirty years of CEO experience in high tech, biotech and higher education, I would sometimes quip, only half-jokingly, when an exasperated executive would come Continue Reading


Panel of experts presents new research on international leadership.
More than 70 students, professors and members of the business community learned about exciting new research focused on specific aspects of international leadership. Executive Dean Joyce J. Elam welcomed the group to the event, moderated by Continue Reading


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FIU Report: Women-led Businesses Find Value in Social Responsibility
Even in this struggling economy, women business-owners in Florida continue to value social responsibility - by enacting environmentally friendly policies, adopting green technologies, or giving back to their communities - as an important driver for their business, according to The Women Entrepreneurial Leaders Continue Reading


Companies should be an incubator for talent of all ages," Harvard Professor Tells Leadership Group.
If you think you're smart at age 30, wait until you see how brilliant you can be at age 60. Or older. That happy news was a key message in "The Further Reaches of Adult Development," a lecture by Harvard University professor Robert Kegan. Continue Reading

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Dr. Joyce Elam on the Importance of a Positive Attitude

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The High Potential Leader: Testimonials Featured Program

"The quality of the program exceeded my expectations. I would definitely call this a world class program and I would say that it rivals some of the ivy-league programs that are out there. I am going to talk to my team a lot about how we can build this program into our high potential leadership retention and development. I hope to make this a big part of what we do in terms of developing future leaders at Burger King."

Jenn Crenshaw, The High Potential Leader Program 2011
Vice President, Human Resources
Burger King Corporation

"I can just go on and on (about The High Potential Leader program), but it was just really eye-opening in terms of taking a look at who I am, who I really am, looking at the mistakes that I made over the last year as a leader and the kind of things, even little things, I can do to make a difference in how I lead the individuals that are depending on me. It's been very valuable for me."

Bernadette Montgomery, The High Potential Leader Program 2011
Executive Director
Miami Dade County Public Schools

The High Potential Leader program is geared towards high-impact executives, senior managers, directors and vice presidents. Designed to meet the professional and personal leadership development needs of executives in today's ever changing and challenging economy, this program will help you to develop leadership capabilities to face current challenges and prepare for added or greater future Continue Reading

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