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IBM executive, visiting scholar to talk about leadership in a global world

IBM executive, visiting scholar to talk about leadership in a global world
September 28, 2011

Phil Brozynski
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Lisle, Illinois ~ Benedictine University will host Michael Markovits, Vice President of Business and Technical Leadership at IBM, for a series of lectures and meetings with students and faculty as part of the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program.

Markovits, who joined IBM in 2004 as vice president of Global Executive and Organization Capability, is responsible for identifying and developing the leadership pipeline and placement of business and technical leaders at all levels to drive IBM's growth, transformation and performance. He has written and spoken on topics related to leadership, the role of technology and distance learning in global corporate training, and other organizational development issues.

Before joining IBM, Markovits held a series of posts in human resources, organizational change and leadership development at General Electric for 19 years. He earned a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College and master's degrees from Harvard and MIT in education and management, respectively. Markovits is active in nonprofit work and social change focusing on peace, reconciliation and ending racism.

Markovits will be on campus from October 16-21 to visit classes, work with student government and meet with administrators. He will present a public lecture, "Leadership in a Global World," at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 20 in Scholl Hall, Room 101, addressing such issues as being a leader in tough economic times and leading successful change efforts.

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program, which is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, D.C., brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders and other professionals to campuses across the United States for a week-long residential program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures and informal discussions.

For more information about the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program, go to www.cic.edu/visitingfellows.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.