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When: Friday, February 14, 2014
1-2pm ET

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Friday, February 14, 2014
1-2 PM ET
Peer to Peer Leadership and New Networks
Guests: Mila Baker and Rod Collins

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What do social networks and crowdsource technologies teach us about today’s leadership? Through her scholarship and experience, Mila Baker shows that networks with "equipotent” nodes of power—think peer leaders—are infinitely more powerful than leader-follower networks. In organizations with "equipotent” nodes, leadership isn’t fixed or siloed, and information flows freely to those who need it. Join the conversation to learn more!

Mila Baker, PhD, is the author of Peer to Peer Leadership: Why the Network is the Leader. She is an accomplished business executive and academician with 30 years’ experience in the field of human resource management, organization development, design and change. Her work has included senior positions at Fortune 500 multinational companies, international organizations and higher education. She has been responsible for the design, implementation and success of major change initiatives, organization design and leadership programs that align people strategy, business strategy and organization culture, values and purpose. She has been recognized by the Corporate Leadership Council Gold Book on Executive Coaching for her pioneering work in the design and implementation of the Pfizer Global Coaching Program. Her research focus is on leadership and organization design within entrepreneurial start ups and large multinational organizations. Dr. Baker is Associate Professor and Academic Chair for the M.S. in HRMD program at New York University- School for Continuing & Professional Studies. She is a master teacher and oversees faculty, curriculum development of all programs related to the management of people, processes, structure and organization effectiveness and strategy. She is past Board Chair of the Organization Development Network and the Organization Design Forum. She is the recipient of the 2014 University of Cincinnati McMicken Distinguished Alumni Award.

Rod Collins is the Director of Innovation at Optimity Advisors, a national management consulting firm. Rod is leading expert on the next generation of business management. He works with executives who understand that managing great change means changing how we manage. Rod helps business leaders leverage the power of innovation and collaboration to drive extraordinary performance in a world of accelerating change and escalating complexity. Rod is the former Chief Operating Executive of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program, one of the nation's largest and most successful business alliances, which today has over $28 billion in annual revenues. Under his leadership, the business experienced its greatest five-year growth period in its 52-year history, as year after year, it set new records for operational and financial performance.

Rod’s most recent book is Wiki Management: A Revolutionary New Model for a Rapidly Changing and Collaborative World. His previous book, Leadership in a Wiki World: Leveraging Collective Knowledge to Make the Leap to Extraordinary Performance, won the 2011 EVVY book award for Business/Finance.


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