The Politics Industry: How Political Innovation Can Break Partisan Gridlock and Save our Democracy

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Thursday, September 12, 2019
7:00pm— 8:15pm
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Duke Family Performance Hall
207 Faculty Dr
Davidson, NC 28036
United States
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The Harvard Business School Club of Charlotte and Davidson College will co-host former CEO and Political Innovation Activist Katherine M. Gehl and Economist and Harvard Business School Professor Michael E. Porter on Thursday, September 12 at 7 p.m. for a presentation on the topic of "The Politics Industry: How Political Innovation Can Break Partisan Gridlock and Save our Democracy.”

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Thursday, September 12

7:00 PM


Duke Family Performance Hall

Davidson College

Davidson, NC


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With the abysmal results coming out of Washington D.C. almost every week, many Americans are left wondering if things will get any better for the country. Renowned business leader Katherine Gehl and Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter will share their thoughts on America's political system and discuss how the country should refocus its political system through the Gehl Porter politics industry theory. They will maintain that our political problems are not due to a single cause but rather to a failure of the nature of the political competition that has been created-a systems problem.

Katherine M. Gehl is a business leader, author and speaker. In 2018, she co-founded Democracy Found, a Wisconsin-based initiative mobilizing a bipartisan group of leaders to implement electoral innovations in Wisconsin. She was president and CEO of Gehl Foods, a $250 million high-tech food manufacturing company in Wisconsin, where she led a transformational growth strategy, receiving multiple awards, before selling the company in 2015-in part to dedicate more time to political reform.

Gehl's career includes roles in the private and public sectors including at Oracle Corporation, Bernstein Investment Research and Management, Mayor Richard M. Daley's office at the city of Chicago and Chicago Public Schools. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame and holds an MA from Catholic University and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Michael E. Porter is an economist, researcher, author, advisor, speaker and teacher. Throughout his lifetime career at Harvard Business School, he has brought economic theory and strategy concepts to bear on many of the most challenging problems facing corporations, economies and societies, including market competition and company strategy, economic development, the environment and health care. He is the author of 19 books and over 130 articles and is the most cited scholar today in economics and business.

Porter graduated from Princeton University and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a doctorate from Harvard's department of economics.

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Duke Family Performance Hall

207 Faculty Dr, Davidson, NC 28036, United States,
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