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Business school alumnus, Harvard professor to visit campus

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

LAWRENCE ― Robert Kaplan, KU School of Business alumnus and professor at Harvard Business School, will visit the Lawrence campus for a public lecture and to meet with students and faculty, Nov. 17 and 18.

Kaplan will speak at the Dole Institute of Politics 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 about the fundamentals of successful leadership. Free copies of his new book – "What to Ask the Person in the Mirror: Critical Questions for Becoming a More Effective Leader and Reaching Your Potential" – will be given to the first 200 KU students in attendance. The event is co-sponsored by the KU School of Business and KU's Jewish Business Club. It is free and open to the public.

He will speak to KU students in the Grid Iron Room of the Burge Union 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18 in conjunction with 2011 Global Entrepreneurship Week. The lecture will include a complimentary lunch for all attendees and is sponsored by KU's Entrepreneurship Club and Center for Entrepreneurship. The first 50 students in attendance will each receive a free copy of Kaplan's new book. All KU students are encouraged to attend.

Later that day, Kaplan will meet with business students, faculty and staff at 2 p.m. in 506 Summerfield Hall. School of Business faculty, staff and students are welcome to join this discussion.

"Robert is an excellent example of the positive force our alumni have on business and society," said Neeli Bendapudi, School of Business dean. "He has reached truly remarkable heights in his career. His insight and experience, in academia and business management, will prove invaluable to any student hoping to enhance their leadership skills. I hope all KU students will consider attending his presentations."

Kaplan is a professor of management practice at Harvard Business School, chair of campaign planning for the Harvard Business School capital campaign and co-chairman of Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, a global venture philanthropy firm. Prior to joining Harvard Business School in Sept. 2005, Kaplan served as vice chairman of the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. where he oversaw the investment banking and investment management divisions. An advisor to numerous companies, he is chairman of the investment advisory committee of Google, Inc. and an advisory director of Berkshire Partners LLC.

He earned a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Kansas in 1979 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1983. Kaplan received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Business in 2007.

For more information about Kaplan's lecture at the Dole Institute of Politics, visit doleinstitute.org.

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