Barack Obama said “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

This year's Alumni Conference asks: what strategies should organisations adopt to succeed while going through periods of huge uncertainty? What traits and attitudes are needed to navigate the moving goalposts of modern life and business? Leading through Change is a topic that applies to all of us and we’re delighted to bring you a diverse and engaging programme in which academic experts, industry leaders and influential alumni will enlighten us on all aspects of change.

We have a fantastic scenario-based session with Dr Bryan Watters OBE who will lead an interactive workshop on Critical Decision Making in a Crisis. Be led through a real life scenario in war torn Bosnia and Herzegovina and explore the themes of United Nations operations, complexity, neutrality and ethics. You can view more about Bryan’s session, and the real-life dilemmas it is based on, in this YouTube video.

We are also delighted to welcome author and career expert Michael Arthur for Leading Intelligent Career Owners. In today’s global economy, people need to take ownership of their careers, rather than leaving their career futures in the hands of any single organization. Suggesting a way forward, Michael will help you to consider alternative approaches to leadership in a fast-changing world - among other angles.

And Cranfield’s Joe Nellis, Professor of Global Economy, asks Is there life after Brexit? in his lecture. An unprecedented pace of change and a rise in populism has created fresh challenges for businesses.  There is still a long way to go as the UK prepares to leave the EU, but what should organisations be doing now to prepare for this ‘brave new world’? Joe sets the scene and assesses where the economy is heading.

Baroness Barbara Young, Chancellor of Cranfield University and Chair of the Woodland Trust asks: how can we see change as an opportunity, not a threat, and help people and organisations to grasp change with enthusiasm? She speaks from a leadership background in a wide range of highly visible public sector and non-governmental organisations

There is a lot more on offer including a session on the Apprenticeship Levy, and other guest speakers include Cranfield’s Professor of Political Marketing, Paul Baines.

Join us from 8.30 am to around 6 pm on Friday 20 October to hear these and other. We look forward to seeing you there!

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