Festival of Books 2012

Leadership in a Global Economy: About the Panelists

Dave LoganDave Logan is a faculty member in the Management and Organization Department in the USC Marshall School of Business.  From 2001-2004, he served as associate dean/executive director of executive education. During that time, he started the master of medical management program, a business degree for mid-career medical doctors.  He also initiated new executive education programs (often, in concert with the USC Price School of Public Policy) with organizations as diverse as the Sierra Health Foundation, Northrop Grumman, and the City of Los Angeles. He is also a best-selling author, having written (or co-authored) dozens of articles, training programs and four books, including Reinventing Your Career (1996, McGraw-Hill), The Coaching Revolution (2000, Adams), Tribal Leadership (2008, HarperCollins), and The Three Laws of Performance (2009, Jossey-Bass). His work has appeared in many academic and professional journals, including a 2006 “agenda” in Sloan Management Review.  He also presented one of the most-viewed TED Talks and the most downloaded business audio book of all time, both on tribal leadership.

Kirk SnyderKirk Snyder, an author and educator, has generated attention from some of today’s most prestigious publications and corporations, fusing the studies of communication, culture, and the contemporary workplace.  An assistant professor of Clinical Communication Management at the USC Marshall School of Business, Snyder’s work has been featured in TIME Magazine, Fast Company, Fortune, The Advocate, Details, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, as well as on BravoTV.  His business leadership book, The G Quotient (Jossey-Bass/Wiley & Sons, 2006) was named one of the best business books of the year by strategy + business, honored as a selection on Harvard Business Review’s prestigious annual reading list, and received a coveted starred review from Publisher’s Weekly. His debut book, Lavender Road to Success (Ten Speed Press/Crown, 2003) was named by Amazon.com as one of the best books of the year as a Top Ten Editors’ Pick. On the speaking circuit, his clients include Cisco Systems, The Commonwealth Club of California, Goldman Sachs, The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, McDonald’s Corporation, McKinsey & Company, Morgan Stanley, Novartis, Portland State University, Reaching Out MBA, Unilever Corporation, University of California (Berkeley, Merced, and San Francisco), and the University of Colorado, Boulder.  He is also the author of one of the largest national studies about the impact of Gen Y on the workplace and is currently completing work on his third book highlighting the changing path to professional meaning in America.

Jolanta AritzJolanta Aritz received her Ph.D from the University of Southern California. She is an associate professor of Clinical Management Communication at the USC Marshall School of Business. Aritz conducts research on small group communication, cross-cultural issues, leadership and business discourse. She has published in The Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, Journal of Business Communication, and Journal of Asian Pacific Communication. Professor Aritz is co-editor of the new book, Discourse Perspectives on Organizational Communication published by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.  Her collaborative interdisciplinary research project with Robyn Walker received a research grant from the USC Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences Initiative and the C.R. Anderson Research Fund for innovative research in the field of business communication.  She has been awarded multiple grants from the USC Fund for Innovative Undergraduate Teaching.

Robyn WalkerRobyn Walker holds a doctoral degree in communication as well as master’s degrees in business administration and professional writing. She is the author of the textbook, Strategic Management Communication for Leaders (2nd edition) and editor of BCOM (1st, 2nd, and 3rd editions), (both published by Cengage). She is editor of the Journal of Business Communication and co-editor of a forthcoming volume of research, Discourse Perspectives on Organizational Communication (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press). She teaches business writing and communication, and her research interests include place-based identity and intercultural group communication.