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The Passion to Action Summit: The MIT Leadership Center Launch

The Passion to Action Summit publicly launched the MIT Leadership Center by celebrating the outstanding leaders who come from MIT. The half-day program highlighted leadership development initiatives across the Institute and featured MIT leaders who unite their management, science, and engineering skills to improve the world.

All events took place on October 6, 2005, on the MIT campus. Video recordings of three sessions may be accessed on MIT World.

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

WELCOME AND SESSION 1: LEADERSHIP IN A COMPLEX, TECHNOLOGY-DRIVEN WORLD

Deborah Ancona. Seley Distinguished Professor of Management; Faculty Director, MIT Leadership Center.

Rosalind Williams, (Discussion Leader). Metcalfe Professor of Writing; Director of MIT's Program in Science, Technology, and Society.

Robert Langer. Institute Professor, Germeshausen Professor, Chemical and Biomedical Engineering.

Robert Metcalfe. Inventor of the Ethernet; Founder of 3Com; Venture Capitalist.

Phillip Sharp. Founding Director, MIT McGovern Institute for Brain Research; Institute Professor; Co-founder of Biogen and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals; 1993 Nobel Laureate.

Four of MIT's most respected leaders and cutting-edge researchers explored the implications, opportunities, and responsibilities of propelling technological innovation and changing the world.

 

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

NETWORKING LUNCH AND PASSION TO ACTION STUDENT POSTER SESSION

The networking lunch featured MIT students working on projects to improve the world. Projects included Design That Matters@MIT, DomeView, ENGhana, MEET, MIT $50K Global Startup Workshop, MIT Summer Institute for Urban Leadership, MIT Women Undergraduate Student Leadership Conference, PESO, Sistema de Alerta Temprana, Speakeasy, and Vac-Pac.

 

2:00 pm 2:30 pm

SESSION 2: DEVELOPING FUTURE LEADERS

Woodie C. Flowers. Pappalardo Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Elizabeth Basha. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Anat Binur. Political Science.

Timothy Heidel. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Harel Williams. Class of 2006.

An acclaimed MIT professor and four entrepreneurial, creative MIT students demonstrated how students organize, innovate, and act on their passion to make a positive difference in the world. Together they explored what more can be done to support and enable MIT students to lead.

 

2:30 pm 4:00 pm

SESSION 3: LEADING ACROSS BOUNDARIES

Peter Senge (Discussion Leader). Senior Lecturer, Founding Chairman, Society for Organizational Learning (SoL).

Jeremy Hockenstein. CEO/COO of Digital Divide Data (DDD), a non-profit organization in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Frannie Léautier. Vice President of the World Bank Institute.

Dr. Ron O'Connor. Founder, Management Sciences for Health.

Global leaders, each striving to develop sustainable solutions to societal challenges, examined the barriers to leading across sectors and how to overcome them locally and globally.

 

 

Rosalind Williams

Professor Rosalind Williams, moderator of the opening session of the Passion to Action Summit, is Director of the Program in Science, Technology and Society (STS) and author of Retooling: A Historian Confronts Technological Change (2002).