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McIntire’s Spring Symposium
 
(Back to front) Amy Chua, Robert Kaplan, and Sheilah Kast.

On April 23, 2004, at Old Cabell Hall, Dean Carl Zeithaml set the stage for McIntire’s Fifth Annual Spring Symposium when he welcomed:
  • A law professor who predicts a new and unprecedented kind of conflict for our post-Cold War world
  • Another law professor who believes democracy leads to conflagration, not peace, in certain ethnic scenarios
  • A journalist who says the U.S. military structure must become more like that of the Al Qaeda insurgents it fights
  • A British correspondent who thinks that although globalization increases inequality, it also ensures that winners hugely outnumber losers

The symposium topic “Managing in a Global Age: Brave New World or False Dawn?” sparked a lively conversation among the speakers and provocative questions from the audience. The event drew people from the University and beyond.

When asked by PBS/NPR Anchor Sheilah Kast about the role of multinational corporations and their leaders in a world of growing globalization, participants offered the following advice for corporate leaders:

  • Consider becoming political leaders as the world order of nation states becomes a new order of market states said Philip Bobbitt, Professor at The University of Texas at Austin School of Law and author most recently of The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace and the Course of History.
  • Become philanthropists, and change your image locally advised Amy Chua, Professor at Yale Law School and author of World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability.
  • Get out of your protected cocoons, and figure out the real situation in an area urged Robert Kaplan, Correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly and author of many books, which grew out of Atlantic articles.
  • Stick to the bottom line, developing your core competencies and concentrating on what you do best—creating wealth, said Adrian Wooldridge, Washington Correspondent for The Economist.
Jeff Walker (left) and John Kluge.
The morning’s discussions concluded with an interview with John Kluge, Principle General Partner, Chairman, and President of Metromedia Company and well-known philanthropist. Kluge shared his personal reflections on managing in a global age with interviewer and symposium co-chair Jeff Walker (McIntire ’77), Managing Partner of JPMorgan Partners and Vice Chairman of JPMorgan Chase. Kluge’s life and experience bridge the span between the two eras of globalization, one that ended with World War I and one currently in full swing. Arriving in the United States as a German immigrant during his childhood, Kluge built a media empire over his lifetime that made him the wealthiest of men.

Kluge said that giving away money was harder than making it. Nevertheless, his philanthropy extends to a broad range of projects and institutions that reflect his deep belief in human potential and creativity. A minority student who was assisted by a Kluge foundation once asked him why he wanted to help minorities. Kluge said, “No one had asked me that before. I thought about it. I think it’s because when I arrived here as an immigrant, I was a minority, too.”

The Fifth Annual Spring Symposium was sponsored by

Aetos Capital LLC
Anonymous
BB&T Capital Market
Biotage Inc.
Host Marriott Corporation
Mr. and Mrs. Okla Basil Meade Jr. (McIntire ’67)


The symposium was presented by

The McIntire Center for Financial Innovation
Center for Growth Enterprises
Center for the Management of Information Technology

Symposium Co-Chairs

John Griffin (McIntire ’85), President and Founder, Blue Ridge Capital
Jeffrey C. Walker (McIntire ’77), Managing Partner, JPMorgan Partners, and Vice Chairman, JPMorgan Chase

 

 
   
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