January 21, 2019 – Bad Boards and Fat Cats Jim Hlavacek, Baby Boomers Danielle Kunkle Roberts and The Auto Professor Norma Hubele

January 21, 2019 – Bad Boards and Fat Cats Jim Hlavacek, Baby Boomers Danielle Kunkle Roberts and The Auto Professor Norma Hubele

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Jim Hlavacek Ph.D. – Founder & Chairman of The Corporate Development Institute and Author of Fat Cats Don’t Hunt: Implanting the Right Leadership and Culture To Accelerate Innovation and Organic Growth

We put profits first and employees last in the US.
Companies say employees are important, but it’s
lip service. They refer to them as headcount, like cattle.

Jim Hlavacek, Ph.D. has over 40 years of global experience as a businessman, strategy consultant, and management educator. Dr. Hlavacek has earned an international reputation and is considered to be a thought leader in new product development and industrial marketing. He wrote six books and over 40 practical articles in many management magazines, including five for the Harvard Business Review. He has been a board member of both Fortune 300 companies and successful startups. He was the first independent outside director on the Nucor board where he served for 20 years. He also served for many years on the Board of Directors of Pneutronics, LDI, Hargraves Technologies, Mueller Systems, Xtek, Madison Electric, and several venture capital startups. Dr. Hlavacek is the past vice president and director of the American Marketing Association. He was chairman of the marketing department at Case Western Reserve University and the Director of the Institute for Executive Education at Wake Forest University’s Graduate School of Management. He has conducted management development programs at many universities, including Cornell, Columbia, Penn State, Stanford, Wisconsin, The London Business School, and Tokyo University. He has developed and presented over 1,500 in-house executive programs on innovation and growth around the globe. About half of his innovation and organic growth workshops are conducted with business teams outside of North America. Major long-term management development clients include Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works®, Unilever, Cabot, Caterpillar, Timken, 3M, Illinois Tool Works, S.C. Johnson, Henkel Loctite, and BASF. His educational background includes a B.S. from Southern Illinois University, an MBA in Industrial Management from Louisiana Tech, and a Ph.D. in Business to Business Marketing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Jim is a frequent speaker and workshop leader at national and global company meetings. Wow.

Danielle Kunkle Roberts – Co-Owner of Boomer Benefits  and Forbes Contributor

 You need to ask for reviews! You need to have your staff ask for reviews.  

Danielle Kunkle Roberts is a Medicare pro helping Baby Boomers in 47 states. As an insurance expert and Medicare Supplement Accredited Advisor, she helps baby boomers prepare for healthcare costs in retirement. Danielle knows that trying to learn how a national health insurance program like Medicare works can be very overwhelming for the average person whose insurance decisions have been handed to them all their lives by their employers. She believes in educating people on all the fundamentals first and helping them gain a confident working knowledge of how their Original Medicare benefits work. Her agency has been awarded the Aetna Service Superstar Award and recognized numerous times as a leading producer for carriers like Cigna, Mutual of Omaha, Aetna, etc. Danielle’s insight has been shared in various places such as Forbes, Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Benefitspro, MoneyTips, Benefits Selling Magazine, and several other publications. Danielle has also served on the board of directors for the Fort Worth Chapter of the National Association of Health Underwrites for six years and was a recipient of the chapter’s Outstanding Member of the Year Award.

Dr. Norma Hubele – Founder & CEO of The Auto Professor

Dr. Norma Hubele has spent her life serving the public as a professor, consumer advocate, and automotive safety expert. After receiving her Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, she joined the engineering faculty at Arizona State University as only the third woman in a faculty of over 100 professors. Her career has been marked by many firsts. Most notably, Norma was the first to assume the position of Director of Strategic Initiatives for the entire school of engineering, the first to reach the rank of full professor while balancing work and family in a part-time capacity, and also the first pregnant faculty member. In addition to teaching university students, Norma has served as an expert witness in over 120 consumer-related cases. The vast majority of her expert witness work over the past 30 years has been in the area of automotive safety, plus she has testified in other areas such as mortgage fraud and sports equipment design. Using her in-depth knowledge of statistical methods and automotive crash data, Norma has helped educate the courts about when statistics can be used to inform decisions and when they cannot. She has been involved in debates about a wide cross-section of automotive safety issues, including gas tank placement, rollover risk, child protection in rear seating, and seatback failure. Norma is now sharing her extensive experience directly with consumers. By founding The Auto Professor and creating the easy-to-use ranking system called Auto Grades, Norma has created the only go-to data source for getting accurate information on how well cars have protected drivers in real-life crashes.