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Continuing and Innovative Education Announces “Thought Leader” speaker series at

Date: May 4 2011

Austin, TX (PRWEB) May 04, 2011
Continuing and Innovative Education (CIE) at The University of Texas at Austin is proud to announce its line-up of nationally recognized speakers for the 2011 Thought Leader Series. The series, presented in conjunction with Linkage Online, offers professional development opportunities on the university campus to the Greater Austin professional community.

The 2011 Thought Leader Series is a convenient and cost-effective way to develop new leadership and managerial skills from some of the most inspirational thought leaders working today. Speakers make up a “who’s who” of best-selling authors and corporate strategists offering practical and thought-provoking insights and information to help participants enhance their businesses and careers. Attendees further benefit from interacting with presenters during live Q&A sessions.

CIE hosts these 90 minute live satellite broadcasts and facilitates post-broadcast learning activities to enhance the presentations and ensure participants have the opportunity to interact with other attendees. These interactions allow participants to compare notes and gain additional insights to help them apply the teachings to their own lives and careers.
The 2011 line-up includes:
  • Atul Gawande: “How to Get Things Right in a Complex World”
May 25, 2011, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Dr. Gawande, practicing surgeon and accomplished writer, teacher and speaker, explains how the simplest work methods can help us succeed in our increasingly complex and technological world. Register today at
  • Charlene Li: “Open Leadership: Transform the Way You Lead”
June 16, 2011, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Charlene Li’s seminar addresses the uniquely 21st Century challenge of leading in the age of social technologies. Learn how to manage customer, partner and employee relationships with social media tools and techniques. Register today at
  • Bill Conaty: “Why Smart Leaders Put People Before Numbers”
September 14, 2011, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Bill Conaty presents strategies to help you take your subjective judgments about potential employees and turn them into objective criteria. Learn to attract and nur¬ture top talent, and develop strong business leaders. Register today at
  • David Rock: “Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long”
October 3, 2011, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
David Rock’s research on neuroscience is the basis for his presentation that explores how to maximize mental resources; how to make change less stressful; and how to maintain energy and productivity at work. Register today at
  • Jason Jennings: “Reinvention”
November 17, 2011, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Many companies are wildly innovative, but reinvention goes beyond a new product or service. Jason Jennings asks us when we may be ready for reinvention and what that means for our organizations and profitability. Register today at
  • Paul Sullivan: “Why Some People Excel Under Pressure and Some Don’t”
December 8, 2011, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Why do some of us not only succeed but thrive under pressure? Paul Sullivan explores the shared traits of high performers in high pressure environments and explains how anyone can apply these traits and adopt true grace under pressure. Register today at

About Continuing and Innovative Education
Continuing and Innovative Education (CIE) at The University of Texas at Austin provides a wide range of credit and noncredit courses, services and programs that encompass K-16 academics, online college and professional development courses, professional certificate programs and personal enrichment opportunities. For more information about CIE, please visit us online at


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