2001…High Above Cayuga’s Waters…
The 2001 GBC brought us to the beautiful Finger Lake Region of Upstate New York, and the prestigious Johnson School at Cornell University. The cold and blustery weather did not dissuade over 100 delegates from around the world from attending this premier event, held for the first time at Cornell. With good fortune, the GBC delegates that arrived early on Thursday were able to attend an inspirational presentation by Kenneth Chenault, President and CEO of American Express, as part of a University-wide leadership Conference. The evening mixer at Stella’s in Collegetown, Ithaca was a fun introduction to the many student delegates.
The formal GBC with its theme Leading on the Edge, kicked off on Friday, with outstanding leadership presentations by Kenneth and Marjorie Blanchard, of the One Minute Manager at Breakfast and Lunch. Kenneth was then awarded the GBF 2001 Business Leadership Award for his community volunteer’s effort and inspirational innovative leadership. Provocative Panel sessions on Business Ethics, Organizational Change and Diverse Teams followed to round out the day. The Wagner Vineyard was the evening venue to a delicious dinner and a fun Murder Mystery Comedy. Dancing followed into the wee hours.
Saturday’s agenda divided the students up into their traditional two groups for the Presidents Forum and Leadership and Campus Life Workshops. The all day Presidents Forum, moderated by the GBF provided an improved template for future forums and identification of Best Practices for student leaders to utilize at their schools. The Leadership workshops for the rest of the student delegates included a Dean’s Panel with Deans from Johnson, Chicago and Darden, panels on mentoring, diversity, recruiting and technology, ethics and participation. Darden presented and won the host for the 2003 GBC on its theme Innovate! The traditional school T-Shirt exchange followed.
Willard Hall Awards Banquet
A fabulous black tie dinner, awards banquet and casino night in the Johnson’s School’s beautiful Willard Hall was the venue for the evening’s festivities. Kelly Nelson from the University of Maryland was the Student Leadership Award winner, because of her innovative program engage, which she developed in concert with the Smith School Career Services office, an intense 2 ½ day emersion into behavioral and case interviewing to better prepare students for job search process. A fun Casino night, dancing as well as big screen viewing of the Final Four game of Duke versus Maryland riveted the students into the late hours.
Many thanks to the Johnson School for a fantastic GBC!