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Conference Agenda

2014 MIT SDM Conference on Systems Thinking for Contemporary Challenges
Systems Thinking for Emerging, Evolving, and Established Leaders

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Back-to-the-Classroom Preconference Sessions, Wong Auditorium


1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Registration
2:00 - 2:05 p.m. Welcome and Overview, SDM Back to the Classroom
Joan S. Rubin, Industry Codirector, System Design and Management, MIT
2:05 - 3:30 p.m. What Is Systems Thinking and Why Is It Important?
Qi Van Eikema Hommes, Ph.D., Lecturer, Engineering Systems Division, MIT
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. A New Era in Project Management: Viewing Projects as Systems
Bryan R. Moser, Ph.D., Lecturer, System Design and Management, MIT; Researcher, Design Engineering Laboratory, University of Tokyo; President and CEO, Global Project Design


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

SDM Systems Thinking Conference, Wong Auditorium


7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 - 8:05 a.m. Welcome and Overview
Pat Hale, Executive Director, SDM Fellows Program
8:10 - 9:10 a.m. Keynote: The Importance of a Systems-Based Approach to Leadership in Disruptive Companies
Dr. Catherine Mohr, Vice President of Medical Research, Intuitive Surgical
9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Hacking Leadership
Andrea Ippolito, SDM '11, Ph.D. student, Engineering Systems Division, MIT; Presidential Innovation Fellow, White House; Co-founder, Smart Scheduling; Co-leader, MIT Hacking Medicine
10:15 - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 - 11:45 a.m. A Systems Thinking Framework for Emerging, Evolving, and Established Leaders
Freddie Douglas III, SDM '00, Director of Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate, John C. Stennis Space Center, NASA
11:45 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 - 1:15 p.m. Design Leadership at MIT
Matthew S. Kressy, Director and Senior Lecturer, Integrated Design & Management, MIT
1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Keynote: Adopting Systems Thinking as a Standard Organizational Approach
James Cook, Vice President and Director, Center for Enterprise Modernization, The MITRE Corporation
2:15 - 2:30 p.m. Break
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. The Importance of Failure and the Incomplete Leader
Christopher Berardi, SDM '11, Ph.D. Student, Engineering Systems Division, MIT; Captain, US Air Force
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. How a Systems-Based Approach Can Help You Lead and Manage More Effectively—No Matter What Your Industry
Michael A. M. Davies, Founder and Chairman, Endeavour Partners; Senior Lecturer, Engineering Systems Division, MIT
4:30 - 4:45 p.m. Wrapping Up and Looking Forward
Joan S. Rubin, SDM Industry Codirector, MIT
4:45 - 5:45 p.m. Networking reception
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. SDM Information Evening
Bush Room, Building 10, Room 105 (Under the Dome)

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