CNY Business Journal
Local Companies Join to Launch Lecture Series
September 15, 2006
Kevin Trampone writes that area companies have formed The Famous Entrepreneurs Series, Inc. (FES), a nonprofit business membership organization that sponsors lectures by world-renowned CEOs and management thought-leaders in an effort to reinvigorate the entrepreneurial spirit in Central New York. The series kicked off Nov. 6, 2006, with a talk by C.K. Prahalad, a University of Michigan professor, management consultant and co-founder and CEO of Praja, Inc. Jud Gostin, Chief Executive Officer of Sensis Corporation and founder of FES is hopeful that the series will become an annual fixture in the region's business community and that the talks will help participating companies produce better results. In addition to Sensis Corporation, other area companies underwriting the effort include Anaren, Dolphin Technology, Hand Held Products, Strategic Computer Solutions, PPC (Production Products Company), O'Brien & Gere, Syracuse Research Corp. and United Radio Service.
Business "Icons" to Inspire CNY Entrepreneurs
September 29, 2006
The Syracuse Post-Standard announces that the founders of The Famous Entrepreneurs Series Inc. (FES), a new speaker series designed to foster entrepreneurship in Central New York, have decided to secure chief executive officers and "management thought-leaders" to speak about how established companies have succeeded through sustained, profitable growth. FES will be featuring high-profile business leaders throughout the series, including former Hewlett-Packard Co. President and Chief Executive Officer Carly Fiorina in January. Jud Gostin, CEO of Sensis Corporation and founder of FES, is hopeful that bringing in business "icons" to speak at FES events may help boost economic development and growth in CNY and increase ties between the region's many universities and local industry.
Business Leadership Recipe: Innovation
November 7, 2006
Rick Moriarty details business consultant and author C.K. Prahalad's inaugural speech at The Famous Entrepreneurs Series, Inc., in which he advised that American business leaders must be innovative for the United States to regain its role as an industry leader. "American companies, such as General Motors, lost greatness by becoming complacent, sticking with outdated practices that made them rich, but did not serve them well in the face of innovative competition," he said. Prahalad also noted that successful businesses will focus on the opportunities presented by deregulation, globalization and emerging markets.
The Central New York Business Journal
Michigan Professor Stresses Need for Business Vision
November 10, 2006
The Central New York Business Journal reports on a talk held by University of Michigan professor and business consultant C.K. Prahalad as part of The Famous Entrepreneurs Series, Inc. (FES), a lecture series started by eight Central New York companies in efforts to spark more entrepreneurial action in the area's business community. According to Prahalad, to succeed companies must establish a shared vision for where they want to be 15 or 20 years from now, "And the same could be said for communities like Syracuse," he added. Prahalad also challenged entrepreneurs to set goals beyond what their companies can achieve now, as doing so will create tension in an organization and mean change is necessary for success. In addition to being a professor, Prahalad's resume includes past consulting work for such companies as AT&T, Cargill, Citicorp, Oracle, TRW and Unilever.