Two esteemed, experienced individuals from North Carolina have been confirmed for NCLGBA’s Spring 2013 Conference, July 10th-12th at Shell Island Resort in Wrightsville Beach.
Opening Session – Tom Morris – True Success
Tom Morris is a pioneering thinker and electrifying speaker who has authored 20 groundbreaking books, including True Success, If Aristotle Ran General Motors, The Art of Achievement, and If Harry Potter Ran General Electric.
Tom Morris has become one of the most active public philosophers in the world due to his unusual ability to bring the greatest wisdom of the past into the challenges we face now. A native of North Carolina, Tom was a Morehead Scholar at UNC (Chapel Hill), and has been honored, along with Michael Jordan, as a recipient of their “Distinguished Young Alumnus Award”. He holds a Ph.D. in both Philosophy and Religious Studies from Yale University, and for fifteen years served as a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, where he quickly became their most popular teacher, in many years having as much as an eighth of the entire student body in his classes. He is now Chairman of the Morris Institute for Human Values in Wilmington, NC.
Tom is the author of 20 published books. His twelfth book, True Success: A New Philosophy of Excellence, launched him into a new adventure as a public philosopher and advisor to the corporate world. His audiences have included such companies as Toyota, General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Merrill Lynch, Verizon, IBM, Coca Cola, The US Air Force, International Paper, Price Waterhouse, Target, Mattel, NBC Sports, Business Week, Bayer, Deloitte and Touche, Federated Investors, Taco Bell, Minute Maid, The American Heart Association, and many of the largest national and international trade associations. He is also author of the highly acclaimed and bestselling book If Aristotle Ran General Motors and the even more recent big yellow book, seen in college dorms nationwide the night before final exams, Philosophy for Dummies. Other recent books include The Art of Achievement, The Stoic Art of Living and Superheroes and Philosophy, where Superman and Batman finally meet Plato and Aristotle. Tom’s new bestselling book about life and business is entitled, If Harry Potter Ran General Electric: Leadership Wisdom from the World of the Wizards.
Tom’s work has been covered by such diverse news media as CNN, CNBC, NBC, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, USA Today, Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, USA Weekly, The Economist, Readers’ Digest, Die Zeit, German Elle, and other magazines and newspapers around the world.
Known by his Notre Dame students as “TV Morris”, he is the first philosopher in history to appear in network TV commercials, where he has served as the national spokesman for Winnie the Pooh, Disney Home Videos. He is also the only thinker ever to engage in early morning philosophy with Regis Philbin, on his talk show, and on “Today” with Matt Lauer, among many other national broadcasts. Tom is known for bringing the insights of the great thinkers into the drama of everyday life with high energy and good humor. His message is helping to change lives and revolutionize business practices everywhere.
Friday Plenary – Mitchell Silver – Planning for the New Reality
Mitchell Silver is president of the American Planning Association (APA). Mitchell is also the Chief Planning & Development Officer and Planning Director for Raleigh, North Carolina. Mitchell is an award-winning planner with over 28 years of experience. He is internationally recognized for his leadership in the planning profession and his contributions to contemporary planning issues. He specializes in comprehensive planning, land use planning and implementation strategies. Before coming to Raleigh in 2005, Mitchell had worked as policy and planning director in New York City, a principal of a New York City-based planning firm, a town manager in New Jersey and deputy planning director in Washington, DC.
Mitchell lectures extensively throughout the United States and abroad on a variety of planning topics. He is a contributing author and editor of ICMA’s latest edition of “Local Planning: Contemporary Principles and Practice,” which is a resource for local governments engaged in planning. Known by his colleagues as a creative thinker, problem-solver and visionary leader, Mitchell has been at the center of many cutting edge trends, innovative solutions and visionary plans, including Harlem on the River, Vision for Jamaica Center and the revitalization of neighborhoods in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and Raleigh. In 2012, the Urban Times named Mitchell as one of the top international thought leaders of the built environment.
As planning director in Raleigh, he is led the comprehensive plan update process and development code rewrite to create a vibrant 21st century city. Since coming to Raleigh in 2005, Mitchell has been an outspoken advocate to transform Raleigh into a world class city with a modern transit system, great streets, great places and great neighborhoods. Mitchell’s work has been featured in Time Magazine, The New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Huffington Post, Atlantic Cities, the Urban Times, Planning Magazine, the News & Observer, theCharlotte Observer, the Triangle Business Journal and Crain’s Business Journal and BBC World News and National Public Radio (NPR).