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Shannon Banks created Front Lines, a global leadership development program that sends Microsoft's high-potential leaders to an action-learning experience in a developing country. Front Lines was launched in Kenya in 2010, moved to Peru in 2011 and was held in The Philippines in February. During a 4-5 day immersive workshop, participants team up with partner organizations (e.g., non-profits) to address real issues. Participants have spent time in such places as the Mukuru slums of Nairobi, Kenya, and a shantytown school in Pachacutec, Peru.
Richard Olivier brings great passion and commitment to the field of communication and storytelling as a developer of leaders. He brings a unique and innovative method of leadership development based on his work at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. He is a true pioneer in the movement for deep heart and mind connection with others which makes him a great example of a Best Practices Innovator and Company Founder.
Warner Burke is the creator of the Burke-Litwin model of organization change and a great advocate and founder of the field of organization development. His leadership of the social/organizational psychology program at Columbia is based on sound theory for group dynamics and great leadership of students of OD worldwide.
Frances Hesselbein is the embodiment of the thought leader award. Her passion and perseverance as a leader has helped to inspire her organizations to stay on-track toward the achieving for the greater good. Our best thought leaders have mission, vision, and purpose to their work, and stay focused even in the face of adversity.
Sir Andrew Witty took the helm of GSK in 2008 after leading its Euro Pharma business and had to navigate an challenging environment. He has had a long and impressive career at GSK starting as a management trainee in 1985. Since then, he had successfully led the company with great resolve and commitment to talent during the most turbulent of times. He was knighted in 2012 for services to the UK economy and the pharmaceutical industry.