September 20, 2010

Tom Peters to deliver the keynote address at Drucker Centennial Day on November 6

The Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, along with the Drucker Institute, has announced that Tom Peters will be the keynote speaker at Drucker Centennial Day on Nov. 6, 2010.

Peters, the co-author of In Search of Excellence and, most recently, the author of The Little Big Things, is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading management thinkers. “Warren Bennis once remarked that ‘if Peter Drucker invented modern management, Tom Peters repainted it in Technicolor,’” noted Rick Wartzman, executive director of the Drucker Institute. “We are extremely honored to have someone with such important insights about so many essential topics—from valuing employees to innovation—join us for such a wonderful occasion.”

Drucker Centennial Day, which will be held on the campus of Claremont Graduate University, will be a capstone of the Drucker Centennial, a two-year celebration marking the 100th anniversary of Peter Drucker’s birth. Since its launch in 2009, the Centennial has seen a series of events take place across the world—from New York City to Seoul, Tokyo to Sao Paulo, Beijing to Vienna—all highlighting Drucker’s seminal teachings on effective management and responsible leadership.

In addition to Peters’s keynote address, Drucker Centennial Day will include a Drucker authors festival, featuring those who’ve written books about Peter Drucker’s life and work. Among the participants will be Jack Beatty, author of The World According to Peter Drucker; William Cohen, author of A Class With Drucker and Drucker on Leadership; Bruce Rosenstein, author of Living in More Than One World; and others.

There will also be mini-courses taught by Drucker School faculty; a talk by Kenneth and William Hopper, co-authors of the celebrated book The Puritan Gift: Reclaiming the American Dream Amidst Global Financial Chaos; a Drucker School activity and program expo; opportunities to network with professionals from a range of industries; and much more.

“Drucker Day is a terrific time for alumni, as well as members of the public, to learn, connect and have fun,” said Leslie Negritto, Administrative Dean of the Drucker School. “Yet it is, above all, a chance to see firsthand how we in Claremont are not only honoring Peter Drucker’s legacy but are actively building upon it.”