"Change is the only constant in life." ~ Heraclitus, Greek philosopher, 535 B.C.
In business, the constant state of rapid change is often described as VUCA, which stands for volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. A VUCA world brings both big challenges and great opportunities. Overcoming the challenges and capitalizing on the opportunities requires agility in clearly identifying the problem, understanding causes and effects, and, perhaps most importantly, implementing effective solutions.
In this session, you will be introduced (or reintroduced) to the VUCA leadership framework, which provides an incisive way of analyzing business problems to enable better decision-making. You will also hear from two successful executives who will bring you their unique perspectives from the front lines on successfully leading through VUCA challenges. From navigating the ascent from Director to the C-Suite or adapting strategies for global markets, they will share their experiences in a lively, interactive format so you walk away with practical insights to apply in your own volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environments.
Join us on Saturday, June 10 for this interesting and thought-provoking conversation with our featured guest speakers while reconnecting with former classmates, other alumni, and current students. Your guests and your desire for life-long learning are welcome!
Event price includes continental breakfast and parking.
About Our Featured Speakers:
Anna Fabrega is the former CEO of Freshly, LLC, direct-to-consumer fresh prepared food subscription service. She currently serves on the board of APEI, a Nasdaq-listed for-profit education services company, and is a member of the Woodruff Arts Center Board of Trustees.
Anna is a growth-oriented leader with over 22 years of business, operations, and organizational leadership experience at high growth early-stage businesses as well as large, scaled organizations. Her experience spans across brand/marketing, distribution and supply chain, ecommerce, physical retail, technology, and CPG. She's been named Adweek 2019 Top CMTO, 2021 The Inc's Top 50 Female Tech Leaders to Watch, and 2022 Consumer Goods Technology Visionary.
Nathan Trail is a seasoned and successful IT executive with over 20 years of global experience in high growth companies. He currently is the Vice President of Strategic Sales at DXC Technologies and is based in Atlanta. Over the past several years, he has also founded and grown global strategic sales organizations for multi-billion dollar tech companies, such as NTT and IBM, including 5 years spent in Singapore building out IBM's Asia Pacific business segment. While in Asia, Nathan led the business focused on business development, corporate relationship integration, and the negotiations of highly complex, high yield contracts across all industries.
On top of his career, Nathan has founded and funded several high margin startups, including Trail Capital Holdings, a real estate investment group based in Atlanta, focused on rebuilding historical homes in adaptive neighborhoods. Also, Nathan serves on multiple boards, including the Robinson College of Business EMBA Alumni Board, where he graduated in 2014.
Robert (Rob) Williams, a Senior Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Leadership, is a social psychologist who works with individuals and organizations on developing leadership, group and organizational dynamics, collaboration and conflict resolution, and organizational development. He teaches EMBA 8000, the Domestic Residency for incoming cohorts, and EMBA 8800 "Executive Management and Leadership.
In addition to his teaching in the EMBA and Executive Education programs, such as Piedmont Health Care Leadership Academy, he serves as an organizational development consultant and executive coach nationally and internationally. His two most recent publications are "Leadership and Collaboration" in Leadership and the Global environmental Challenge (Routledge, 2010) and "Leadership Development in Higher Education," The Business of Higher Education (Praeger, 2009).