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David Pottruck    

Repeat Best-Selling Author and Former CEO of Charles Schwab

David S. Pottruck has been a director of Intel since 1998 and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Red Eagle Ventures, Inc., San Francisco, California, a private equity firm since 2005. Mr. Pottruck is also Co-Chairman of Hightower Advisors, a $15 Billion adviser-owned Wealth Management company. He has been an advisory board member of Diamond Technology and Management Consultants, Inc., a publically held consulting firm, since 2004. He has also served as Senior Fellow in the Wharton School of Business Center for Leadership and Change Management since 2004 and teaches in Wharton’s MBA and Executive Education programs. Mr. Pottruck has held adjunct faculty positions at 5 universities.

In July 2004, Mr. Pottruck resigned from the Charles Schwab Corporation, after a 20-year career, having served as President, CEO, and a member of the board. Mr. Pottruck has been a board member of 4 publically held companies and almost a dozen privately held companies and non profits. Mr. Pottruck graduated with honors from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

As Chairman and CEO of a private equity firm, and as CEO of a major brokerage firm with substantial Internet operations, Mr. Pottruck brings to the Board significant senior leadership, management, operational, financial and brand management experience.

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Stacking the Deck: How to Lead Breakthrough Change

What does it take to be effective during a time of rapid change? How do you increase the likelihood you’ll be successful at leading breakthrough change at your organization? David Pottruck, the former CEO of Charles Schwab, shares stories and offers a nine-step plan for leaders looking to inspire meaningful, lasting change at their organizations. With expertise that spans finance, transportation, retail, and technology and material from his award-winning programs at Wharton, he shows audiences how to turn changes into opportunities that create competitive advantage. From why change is so hard (and how to overcome that resistance) to inspiring, rather than motivating those at your organization (and why that difference is important), Pottruck shares stories, case studies, and quotes from the world’s top executives and brands that demonstrate how to approach and successfully implement breakthrough change. Authentic and engaging, he offers what he learned from both his successes and failures and encourages Q&A and audience interaction so that he can become a part of the change process and help organizations succeed.

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