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Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow - Mike Markovits

 Davenport University hosts Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow

Mike Markovits

March 6 - 10, 2017

Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, Michael Markovits will be an integral part of the University’s activities during the first semester in the new Donald W. Maine College of Business Building. Mr. Markovits’ passion for building leadership and organizational capabilities to social impact change will be showcased in this newly designed teaching and learning environment throughout his week-long visit.

Mr. Markovits served in leadership roles for both General Electric and IBM, specifically in the areas of human capital and leadership development. During his 19 years at GE, he held a successive series of posts in human resources, organizational change, and leadership development, including being responsible for all of GE’s leadership and executive development activities globally.

He joined IBM in 2004 as Vice President of Global Executive and Organization Capability responsible for overseeing executive staffing, succession planning, executive development and coaching, and leadership and organizational effectiveness for IBM internationally.  In his later role with IBM as Vice President of Business and Technical Leadership, and was globally responsible for identifying and developing the leadership pipeline and placement of business and technical leaders at all levels to support IBM's growth, transformation, and performance.

Markovits has written and spoken on topics related to leadership, training, and other organizational development issues. His expertise in succession planning, employee engagement and leadership development have made him a sought-after consultant within many industries.

Currently, he is a leadership consultant and partner at AchieveMission, working to help non-profit organizations significantly improve their leadership and talent management and social change work focused primarily on issues of peace, reconciliation, and ending racism.

In addtion to presentations and classroom sessions with students and faculty, Mr. Markovits will be facilitating the Student Leadership Symposium. Designed as an immersive experience with key touchpoints throughout the week, students will work directly with Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, Mike Markovits to truly impact their leadership skills in their current roles and to build and prepare for future careers as leaders. 

We are thrilled to bring Mike Markovits to Davenport University, March 6 -10, 2017 to engage students and the larger community in conversations on the future of leadership and social change. This visit was made possible through a grant from the M.E. Davenport Legacy Endowment.