Welcome, Purdue alumni, students, faculty, staff and fellow business leaders to the 20th annual Krannert Leadership Speakers Series. I am President Mitch Daniels and I am pleased and honored to be the official spokesperson for Purdue University. Tonight we’re here to honor and celebrate the achievements of student alumni and fellow Indianapolis business pioneers. People always ask me what experience in my past helped me the most in my two terms as governor. Most people assume it is my experience in public service, however, I say it was my experience with business in the private sector, trying to manage for results, trying to get large numbers of people aligned and headed in a common direction, these were probably the most valuable days I spent that prepared me for the challenges ahead as governor of Indiana.
This evening, the Purdue Krannert School of Management will present Krannert Alumni Awards and the Boiler Business Exchange of Indianapolis will present Boiler Business Exchange Hall of Fame Inductees. These award winners are no strangers to innovation. It takes someone who loves to experiment and take risks for the benefit of our global society. Innovation is also what defines Purdue University. We attract the most promising students and exceptional faculty to our University to push beyond the boundaries and bring about new methods, ideas and products.
Another man who knows just what innovation can do for our society is the U.S. business editor for The Economist, and leading expert on China, business and technology, innovation, and emerging markets. It is my great pleasure to introduce Vijay Vaitheeswaran. According to Vijay the world stands on the cusp of a post-industrial revolution. This not only affects innovation in science and engineering but innovation in how we as business professionals disrupt the established business models to improve society at large.
We all know this is a time with economic uncertainly. Our world is facing devastating global threats including climate change and pandemics. These threats demand a new innovative response. Our speaker’s latest book is Need, Speed and Greed: How the New Rules of Innovation Can Transform Business, Propel Nations to Greatness, and Tame the World’s Most Wicked Problems. In Vijay’s new book he offers promise and hope to tackle these global challenges. To present these new rules of innovation, please give a warm welcome to Vijay Vaitheeswaran!
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