Wilkes University


Allen P. Kirby Lecture Series and Family Business Alliance at Wilkes University to Host Harvard Business School Professor Cynthia A. Montgomery on April 16

Harvard Business School Timken Professor of Business Administration Cynthia A. MontgomeryCynthia A. Montgomery, Harvard Business School Timken Professor of Business Administration, will speak about “Where Leadership Begins” at the Allen P. Kirby Lecture in Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship on Thursday, April 16 at Wilkes University. The lecture, which is being co-hosted by the Wilkes University Family Business Alliance, will take place at the Arnaud C. Marts Center Gymnasium at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Montgomery’s presentation will discuss the importance of strategy to the success of universities, foundations, non-profits and large and small businesses. She will examine what strategy is, why it’s essential and what it demands of an organization. She urges organizations and their leaders to ask themselves: Does this organization truly matter, and does it have an animating strategy that differentiates it from competitors?

Montgomery also is the immediate past head of the Strategy Unit at Harvard Business School, where she has been on the faculty for 24 years. For years, she led the strategy courses in the Owner, President, Manager Program for leaders of mid-sized companies with revenue between $10 million and $2 billion. She currently teaches in the business school’s Advanced Management Program for senior executives from 42 countries.

Montgomery is a top-selling Harvard Business Review author, and her work has appeared in nearly a dozen top-tier academic journals and managerial outlets, including Financial Times, McKinsey Quarterly, American Economic Review, Rand Journal of Economics, Strategic Management Journal, Management Science and Academy of Management Journal, among others. Her book, The Strategist: Be the Leader Your Business Needs, published by HarperBusiness, has been translated into 14 languages.

Montgomery has served on the board of directors of two Fortune 500 companies, a number of mutual funds managed by BlackRock, Inc., and several not-for-profit organizations.

The Allan P. Kirby Center Lecture Series brings leading voices in free enterprise and entrepreneurship to the Wilkes University campus and Northeastern Pennsylvania. The Center hosts two annual lectures. Open to students and the community, these forums give insight into the creative process and drive of the entrepreneur.

The Wilkes University Family Business Alliance was developed by regional business owners and is a member-driven organization that aims to enable local family businesses to maintain and grow a profitable business and successfully transfer management and ownership to the next generation. The alliance provides its members with executive educational programs, enhanced networking opportunities with fellow family business owners, a forum to discuss common issues and concerns, and exposure to nationally recognized experts to ensure that the businesses’ needs are constantly identified and addressed.