Tuesday, December 6, 2011
President, Mickey Rogers Media
Mickey Rogers helps creative entrepreneurs who get lost translating their dreams or products into successful profitable businesses.
For the past 20 years, Rogers has been surrounded by creative ideas and people—as a broadcaster, as an owner of a multi-million dollar business, and as a sounding board, coach, mentor and consultant.
Rogers works with entrepreneurs to shape their ideas, focus and grow their business, introduce their products to the marketplace, access decision-makers, keep them accountable and help them breathe. She has won numerous awards as a freelance journalist, bootstrapped a TV and film production company to $14 million, and introduced products into the global marketplace that went on to win international Emmys. Notably, she helped Martha Stewart form and execute her global “domination” plan.
Rogers graduated from Royal Roads University as an executive coach and is a certified Myers Briggs trainer for leadership and team building. If you are ready to make your dreams real, you’re exactly the kind of creative entrepreneur she wants to work with.
Associate Professor, Organizational Behaviour/Industrial Relations, Schulich School of Business
Patricia Bradshaw’s research explores the ways that power and politics interface with organizational and social change processes. Bradshaw has done qualitative, action and quantitative studies of boards, diversity and gender issues in a variety of settings including nonprofit, health care and education. Understanding, conceptualizing and revealing the operation of unconscious, personal and deep cultural power structures informs much of her research agenda as does bridging from theory to practice and application.
Bradshaw is currently Director of the core MBA course “Skills for Leadership and Governance” and Chair of the York Senate. She has held past positions including the Director of the MBA Program and Chair of Sessions at Conferences including ARNOVA Annual Conference, ASAC Conference, and Greening of Industry Conference.
Partner, Gibson Kennedy & Company
Alan is a founding member of Gibson Kennedy & Company, a management consulting firm offering strategy counsel and competitive research services.
Kennedy’s consulting practice focuses exclusively on helping senior management with project planning and strategy communication. He has extensive experience facilitating group discussions and preparing issues for presentation to boards and management.
Kennedy has been teaching courses on Strategic Management for the Schulich School of Business since 1992. Over 2,500 executives have attended his three-day course, Strategic Management, offered three times a year at the Schulich Executive Education Centre and twice a year by Saint Mary’s University’s Professional Development Division.
During his corporate career, Kennedy served as Senior Vice President & General Counsel for both Oxford Development Group and Campeau Corporation. He is a Certified Management Consultant and a member of the Honour Roll of the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Ontario.
Lecturer, Financial Management
Schulich School of Business
Karen Chiykowski is a full-time award-winning instructor at the Schulich Schoolof Business teaching graduate level MBA and BBA courses in management accounting, corporate finance and financial analysis. Prior to joining York, Chiykowski spent 15 years in the finance function in the auto, software and investments industry.
Program Director, Centre of Excellence in Innovation Management and Innovation Catalyst
Megan Mitchell is a senior leader in Leadership Development, Innovation, and Change Management with over 15 years of experience. She has worked in the functional areas of Innovation, HR, Marketing and Sales.
Mitchell’s areas of expertise include strategic thinking, systemic innovation, creative problem solving, leadership development, team and learning facilitation and design. She is passionate about facilitating effective change in a positive and energetic way with individual leaders and organizations.
Mitchell has led Innovation Teams tasked with critical business opportunities that resulted in achieved savings of over $1 MM in eight months and winning the National Quality Institute Award for Healthy Workplace. She has worked individually and one-on-one, coaching individuals on innovation practices, approaches and methods.
Alan Middleton PhD
Executive Director, Schulich Executive Education Centre
Assistant Professor, Schulich School of Business, York University
Alan Middleton graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a B.Sc. Honours Sociology. He earned an MBA and then a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business, York University.
Middleton began his career with the J. Walter Thompson (JWT) advertising agency in London. After four years, he emigrated to Canada, where he became President and one-third owner of Amca Marketing Inc., a marketing consultancy with clients in foodservice and packaged goods.
Middleton eventually became Vice- President/Client Services Director of JWT Toronto, and later, President/CEO of JWT Japan, the third largest operation in JWT worldwide. JWT Japan worked for DeBeers, Esso, Ford, Kelloggs, Kodak, RJ Reynolds, Shiseido, Suntory, Toyo Jozo, Unilever and Warner Lambert and added Kraft General Foods, Nestle-Macintosh, Haagen-Dazs, Sakura Bank and Sumitomo Trading while he was there. In 1990 he was made Executive Vice President and a Board Director of the worldwide company.
In September 2001, Middleton took over as Executive Director for the Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC), one of Canada’s largest management education organizations offering open and custom non-degree programs to over 15,000 executives a year in North America and internationally.