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Leading in Times of Scarcity and Uncertainty

Academics, Executives to Share Views, Research


What makes a leader? How can leadership skills be enhanced in students, employees and current leaders? Executives and researchers will discuss what is needed now and leadership differences in various cultures, as well as the latest in such areas as brainwave feedback leading to peak physical and mental performance, during the April 23 “Leading in Times of Scarcity and Uncertainty” conference at Cal State Fullerton.


Keynote speaker is Jay A. Conger, author of 14 books on leadership, including “Boardroom Realities” published in 2009, and Henry Kravis Chaired Professor of Leadership at Claremont McKenna College. Other speakers include: Ken Brusic, senior vice president of content, Orange County Register; Kate Butler, vice president, newspaper markets, Associated Press; Louis S. Csoka, consultant to the U.S. Army’s program for establishing Army Centers for Enhanced Performance and president of Apex Performance; Peter Dorfman, chair and professor of management, New Mexico State University; and Jon P. Howell, author of “Understanding Behaviors for Effective Leadership” and co-investigator on the Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness Project.


8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday, April 23


  • 8 a.m. registration and continental breakfast
  • 8:30-9:30 a.m. media executives
  • 9:40-10:40 a.m. cross-cultural leadership
  • 10:50-11:50 a.m. neuroleadership research
  • 11:50 a.m. - 1:20 p.m. luncheon
  • 1:20 - 2:20 p.m. keynote presentation by Jay A. Conger (free event)
  • 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. open leadership forum (free event)
  • 3:30 - 5 p.m. reception and networking


Mihaylo Hall, Cal State Fullerton
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831


$125 per person for the conference; two events are free and open to the public. Reservations are required and may be made online.


On-campus parking is $8 per vehicle. Passes are sold by machine at the entrance to Lot E on the east side of campus. Enter campus from Nutwood Avenue at Folino Drive. Additional information about parking is available at the Parking & Transportation website.


The daylong conference is sponsored by the Center for Leadership, a collaboration between Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo College of Business and Economics and the College of Communications. The center was established to help develop programs and initiatives to help students learn and develop leadership skills. Center director is B. Thomas Mayes, emeritus professor of management; associate director is S. Irene Matz, associate dean of the College of Communications.

Media Contacts:
B. Thomas Mayes, Mihaylo College of Business and Economics, 657-278-8675 or
Irene Matz, College of Communications, 657-278-4418 or
Pamela McLaren, Public Affairs, 657-278-4852 or