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When you run a family business, success is your legacy. By joining the Wake Forest University Center for Private Business, you are helping to ensure that success, now and for generations to come. The Center is open to all Wake Forest and non-Wake Forest affiliated companies, who are privately held.


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Friday, December 9
Graylyn Manor House/Mews Conference Center

1:00 – 2:30 pm: Keynote Speaker Dave Mitchell, President of The Leadership Difference

“The Power of Understanding People”

Dave Mitchell is a speaker and author who graduated magna cum laude from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in mass communications and business administration.  Later, he obtained a masters degree in global human resources development from the University of Illinois.  He founded the Leadership Difference, Inc. in 1995 and serves as President and the company’s primary speaker.  He is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

Dave began his professional career in broadcasting (starting in radio when he was 17) and upon graduation worked as a television reporter for a CBS network affiliate. He eventually became a producer for CBS and then decided to transfer his skills to a career in organizational development.  Spending 11 years in corporate human resources and organizational development, Dave’s next career stop was at Marshall Field’s and Company as their Corporate Manager of Training and Development and later worked at the Buena Vista Hospitality Group in Orlando as Vice President of Human Resources and Quality. His experience with these organizations and frequent requests to speak at professional associations provided a springboard, in 1995, for launching the Leadership Difference.

In 2006, Dave Mitchell released his first book “Live and Learn or Die Stupid” about his life experiences and the pursuit of happiness. In the first month of its release, it shot to the top of his publisher’s best seller’s list. In December 2013, Dave’s second book was released, “The Power of Understanding People.” Amazon selected the book as Editor’s Choice for best business book.

2:30 – 4:00 pm: Breakout Sessions with Dave Mitchell

4:00 – 5:00 pm: Wine and Conversation


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