Opening General Session featuring Alan Mulally and Mike Rowe

SHRM 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition

Strategic and Operational Leadership and Working Together
With Mulally’s vision and commitment, Ford was able to recommit itself to quality, develop a comprehensive strategy and implement a new sense of identity. His renowned leadership skills transformed Ford into one of the world’s leading automobile companies and the #1 automobile brand in the United States. Mulally will expound on his strategic leadership and will inspire you to explore your own set of skills as you apply to and enhance your organization.


Why Dirty Jobs Matter
Why has America declared a war on work? Mike Rowe will give an illuminating account of the true nature of skilled labor, and why it's being devalued by the media, advertising, and even the government. Why are people who do dirty jobs some of the happiest people you'll ever meet? What lessons can we learn about teamwork, determination, efficiency, and our definition of success? Mike Rowe will bring you face-to-face with Americans who are simply doing their jobs, happily and well. In the process, he will remind you of the enormous but forgotten benefits of hard, honest work, and how it affects everything from our national identity to our infrastructure to the economy.


Date(s) & Time(s): 
Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Alan Mulally

Alan Mulally served as president and chief executive officer of The Ford Motor Company and as a member of Ford's board of directors from September 2006-June 2014.
Mulally was named to Google's board of directors in July 2014. In May 2015, Mulally signed on as a director at Carbon3D, Inc., a 3D printing company that recently introduced an innovative approach to polymer-resin-based 3D printing.
Mulally led Ford's transformation into one of the world's leading automobile companies and the #1 automobile brand in the United States. He guided Ford in working together on a compelling vision, comprehensive strategy and implementation of the One Ford plan to deliver profitable growth for all of the company's stakeholders.
Prior to joining Ford, Mulally served as executive vice president of The Boeing Company, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and president of Boeing Information, Space, and Defense Systems.
Throughout his career, Mulally has been recognized for his contributions, industry leadership, and service, including being named #3 on FORTUNE's "World's Greatest Leaders", one of the 30 "World's Best CEO's" by Barrons' magazine, one of "The World's Most Influential People" by TIME magazine and "Chief Executive of the Year" by Chief Executive magazine. He was also honored with the American Society for Quality's medal for excellence in executive leadership, the “Automotive Executive of the Year”, and the “Thomas Edison Achievement Award”.
Mulally serves on the President Obama's United States Export Council. He served as co-chairman of the Washington Competitiveness Council, and has served on the advisory boards of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the University of Washington, the University of Kansas, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the United States Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. He is a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of England's Royal Academy of Engineering.
Mulally has also served as president of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and as chairman of the Board of Governors of the Aerospace Industries Association.
Mulally holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Kansas, and a master’s in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow.


Mike Rowe


Mike Rowe has been called the “dirtiest man on TV,” a title he earned while hosting the hit TV series, Dirty Jobs, a show that paid tribute to the many hardworking people who make civilized life possible for the rest of us.  On the show, Mike worked as a good-humored apprentice on more than 300 different, unglamorous jobs— from boiler repairman to abandoned mine plugger.  On his latest TV series, Somebody’s Gotta Do It, Mike introduces viewers to innovators, do-gooders, entrepreneurs, collectors and fanatics who march to the beat of a different drum.  Mike is also well known for narrating documentaries and television shows about everything from lions of the Serengeti to fisherman in the Aleutian Islands. 

As CEO of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, Mike spends a significant amount of time speaking about the country’s dysfunctional relationship with work, highlighting the widening skills gap, and challenging the persistent belief that a four-year degree is automatically the best path to take.  The mikeroweWORKS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that awards scholarships to qualified individuals in pursuit of a career in the skilled trades.  The Foundation has been instrumental in granting more than $3 million in education through its Work Ethic Scholarship Program for trade schools across the country

WDCC Level 2, Halls D&E
Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
 Not Available for Credit
Session Type: 
General Session
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