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Discussion Leadership Forum

Upcoming Dates & Location: 2019 dates and location TBD. Please let Rebecca know if you're interested in attending.

“One of the best ways to learn is to teach. The Discussion Leadership Forum gives you the training and tools to become both a better student and an effective teacher/leader.“

Brad Goskowicz
CEO, Microbiologics

The Discussion Leadership Forum is designed to assist CXO’s, HR and organizational development professionals, community leaders, educators, and facilitators in learning the skills needed to facilitate case study discussion in their organization, classroom and/or through the Anderson Center. This day-and-a-half forum assists the participants in understanding the philosophical underpinnings of the case method for adult and professional education and to gain practical tools for discussion leadership over time. Participants should have some experience with the case method as a teacher or learner.

Program Objectives
  • Enhancing the case teaching and learning capacity of individual participants.
  • Refining the facilitation, communication, and discussion leadership skills of group leaders.
  • Presenting, in-depth, participant-centered learning—the style of pedagogy used throughout all Anderson Center forums.
  • Networking with members of leading organizations and educational institutions in central and Greater Minnesota.
  • Providing resources for post-forum learning and application.
  • Introducing the Discussion Leader certification process to those interested in working with the Anderson Center.

Forum Leader

Willis Emmons

William (Willis) M. Emmons
Senior Lecturer of Business Administration and Director of the C. Roland Christensen Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard Business School

As Director of the Christensen Center, Emmons oversees programs to promote and support teaching excellence and innovation within Harvard Business School and to provide leadership and expertise about case method teaching and participant-centered learning for instructors at other institutions in the United States and abroad.

From 1999-2004, Emmons was Associate Professor at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business in the area of Strategy, Economics, Ethics and Policy, where he received the Graduate Teaching Award (2003). At Georgetown he taught courses on strategic management and international business. Emmons was a member of the Harvard Business School faculty from 1989-1999 where, as part of the Business, Government, and the International Economy (BGIE) unit, he taught courses in the M.B.A. and executive education programs. He also has taught extensively in corporate executive development programs and has consulted to corporations and governments on domestic and international issues relating to business strategy and government policy.

Emmons received the A.B. cum laude in Government (Phi Beta Kappa), the M.B.A. with high distinction (Baker Scholar), and the Ph.D. in Business Economics, all from Harvard University. His book, The Evolving Bargain: Strategic Implications of Deregulation and Privatization. (Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 2000), winner of the 2001 Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award, is based on extensive international research and offers a practical framework for understanding the challenges and potential rewards for established and new ventures in the face of domestic and international market liberalization. Emmons has published articles in a number of scholarly journals, including The RAND Journal of Economics, The Review of Economics and Statistics, and The Journal of Economic History. He is also the author of over thirty Harvard Business School case studies and conceptual notes in the field of business, government, and competition.

Forum Fees

The fee for the Discussion Leadership Forum is $1,500.  The fee covers tuition, case materials, meals and lodging.  Nonprofit organizations receive a 20% discount.  Individuals and small or early stage organizations interested in attending an Anderson Center forum, with limited ability to pay, should inquire about scholarship opportunities.


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