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Event report: Leadership, IIE, and You

On April 16, 2012, the National Capital Chapter convened a professional development meeting for its members and members of cosponsoring organizations. Dr. G. Don Taylor, Jr., of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Statue University, provided an engaging view about the challenges of leadership and responsibilities that go with it. According to Dr. Taylor, each of us, in our own way, and according to our own skills, interests, and talents, are all called upon to lead. Dr. Taylor noted that this is particularly the case for industrial and systems engineers because of the broad-based, unique skills they learn and apply. Dr. Taylor described the general characteristics of leaders (supported by two excellent case studies), ways the IIE provides leadership in six key, strategic areas, and finally, he discussed the grand challenges ahead of us. The 39 attendees also enjoyed the opportunity to share their experiences and broaden their professional networks. Grant Thornton LLP in Alexandria, Va. hosted the event and the Chapter is grateful. Other professional organizations co-sponsoring the event were: the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, Washington DC Chapter (WINFORMS), and the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter.

~ Submitted by Neal Schmeidler

Presentation by Dr Taylor available for download here:

Attendees listen to Dr. Taylor talk about leadership

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