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Donald Trump


A schoolboy's dream...a competitor's challenge. Donald J. Trump is the very definition of the American success story, continually setting the standards of excellence while expanding his interests in real estate, gaming, sports, and entertainment. He is the archetypal businessman - a deal maker without peer and an ardent philanthropist. An accomplished author, Mr. Trump's first autobiography, The Art of the Deal , has become one of the most successful business best-sellers of all time, having sold in excess of three million copies, and being a New York Times number one best-seller for 32 weeks.

Mikhail Gorbachev




Mikhail Gorbachev served as leader of the Soviet Union from 1985-1991. He is world-renowned and admired for streamlining and decentralizing the oppressive system he inherited. In an effort to secure relations with the West, Gorbachev signed two broad disarmament pacts, and ended Communist rule in Eastern Europe . He taught the world two new words: perestroika (governmental restructuring) and glasnost (political openness). As a result of his extraordinary achievements, Gorbachev was the recipient of the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize, the Orders of Lenin, the Red Banner of Labor, and the Badge of Honor.

Jim Collins



Driven by a relentless curiosity, Jim Collins began his research and teaching career on the faculty at Stanford Graduate School of Business. In 1995 he founded a management laboratory in Boulder , CO , where he conducts research and serves as a teacher to senior executives and CEO's at over 100 corporations. Jim Collins is a student and teacher of enduring great companies. His latest book, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't, has attained best-seller status for the past three years and has been translated into 25 languages.

Peter F. Drucker



Peter F. Drucker's Concept of the Corporation (a GM Case study) validated the notion that great companies could stand among humankind's noblest inventions. After more than 67 years of writing, research, lecturing and influence in both the social sector, government and in public and private organizations, Drucker's seminal thoughts on the contemporary organization have enshrined him in virtually every leadership library worldwide.

Russell Simmons



Russell Simmons has as many titles as he does companies. The quintessential "mega-mogul" (a.k.a. The "CEO of Hip Hop")is a prolific entrepreneur sitting at the helm of a multimillion-dollar entertainment empire. His formidable conglomerate has produced a record label (alone worth more than $250 million), a management company (Rush Artist Management), a clothier (Phat Farm), a movie production house ("The Nutty Professor"), television shows, a magazine and an advertising agency.

Rosabeth Moss Kanter



Rosabeth Moss Kanter has been one of the leading businessmanagement gurus for years. In 1986, she became one of the first tenured female professors at the Harvard Business School , and she served as editor of the Harvard Business Review from 1989 to 1992. In her new release, Confidence: How Winning Streaks and Losing Streaks Begin and End , Kanter demonstrates that success is not simply a matter of money and talent; it emerges from confidence.

Ken Blanchard



Many people know Ken Blanchard as the best-selling co-author of The One Minute Manager, The Leadership Pill, Whale Done , and many other best-selling books. What some overlook is Dr. Blanchard's long history in business. He and his wife, Margie, just celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of their entrepreneurial effort, now called The Ken Blanchard Companies. Purpose is essential to Dr. Blanchard and the business he built is founded on three principles: one, to create opportunities for people that they love and care for to work together; two, to make a difference in people's lives; and three to have fun.

Carolyn Kepcher


Carolyn Kepcher's popularity has recently soared with her roll on the NBC hit reality series, The Apprentice . Known as both "Trump's sidekick" and "henchwoman," the 35 year-old Kepcher is the Chief Operating Officer and General Manager for the Trump National Golf Club in Briarcliff Manor , New York and The Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster , New Jersey . She has been with the Trump Organization since 1994 and currently oversees the day to day operations of over 250 employees at both Trump golf properties.



Rosanne Badowski


Rosanne Badowski is the acclaimed Executive Assistant to John F. Welch, Former Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of GE. Since Mr. Welch's retirement from GE in 2001, she serves as his assistant and office manager in the consulting company of Jack Welch, LLC, in Boston , Massachusetts . Rosanne is the author of Managing Up: How to Forge an Effective Relationship with Those Above You , published by Doubleday in 2003. She has addressed several audiences and contributed to many publications discussing the role of executive assistants in business today.





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