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Citadel News Service
31 Jan 2008

School of Business Leadership Forum sets spring lectures

Decision making, ethics in business and global concerns will be the featured topics during the spring School of Business Leadership Forum.

Created in 2002, the Leadership Forum focuses on leadership and ethics in the lives of businesses and organizations. Lectures are free and open to the public.

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008
5:45 pm, Duckett Hall Auditorium
“Ooops! That Ain't It: Leadership in Decision Making"

Meredith Neizer is president of MBX Logistics which is a leading third party logistics company of perishable goods servicing the U.S. and Canada. Currently, she is focused on growing MBX with companies seeking creative, integrated logistics solutions for the foodservice industry. She has worked in a number of Fortune 500 companies in various business and leadership roles internationally and domestically. Also, she has served in public sector organizations with defense and maritime management responsibilities.

Over the last five years, Neizer has worked for the Martin-Brower Company. She was vice-president of operations for Puerto Rico and Central America where she improved service and profitability in both regions. Subsequently, she was assigned national distribution responsibilities for operation in Canada for Martin-Brower and successfully restructured the operations, improved cost effectiveness and improved service levels.

She spent nearly 10 years with Sea-Land Service (currently Maersk-Sealand) managing international business and terminal operations. She was assigned in the Philippines as country manager and traveled extensively in Asia. She successfully implemented an Asia wide back-office consolidation initiative. Her career spans many companies of excellence to include Exxon International, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, FedEx Logistics and ARCO Transportation.

She was awarded a White House Fellowship in 1986 working for the Secretary of Defense, and she has served as a political appointee at federal and state levels. Neizer holds a B.S. (Honors) from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Currently, she serves on the academy advisory board.

Monday, March 17, 2008
5:45 pm, Duckett Hall Auditorium
“The Global Crisis and Our Responsibiity”

Molly F. Greene is co-founder with her husband George of Water Missions International (WMI). The couple sold their environmental company, General Engineering Laboratories in 2001 and used proceeds to start Water Missions International, a nonprofit Christian engineering organization. Water Missions International’s work encompasses both disaster relief and community development.

In 1989 when Hurricane Mitch hit Honduras, through the environmental company, Project Living Water was created to respond. That response opened the Greene’s eyes to the global water crisis. WMI has made safe water possible to over a million people in 33 foreign countries and two US states. Water Missions International is funded entirely by voluntary contributions of individuals, foundations, churches and businesses. WMI’s mission is to provide sustainable access to safe water and an opportunity to hear the “Living Water” message in developing countries and disaster areas. Through 2007 WMI has installed a total of 528 Living Water™ Treatment systems worldwide with plans for 240 more in 2008.

Greene is also the vice chairman of the board, and chief philanthropy officer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Spanish from Mississippi University for Women. She also co-founded and served as president of General Engineering Laboratories. GEL grew to become one of the largest privately held single site environmental (mixed waste) laboratories in the United States.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008
5:45 pm, Duckett Hall Auditorium
“Ethical Leadership for the 21st Century”

Gary Durante is currently a senior manager for Scientific Research Corp. a defense firm in North Charleston. Additionally, he is the president and CEO of LEAD-ING, LLC, a company that focuses on the traits, skills and beliefs of current and future leaders. This focus is coupled with a strategic assessment of an organization’s mission, vision, goals and ethics to enhance success and growth. Durante has 28 years of experience in program management, communication systems, engineering, and leadership in managing diverse, complex programs. He presently serves as an adjunct professor for The Citadel School of Business Administration as the Grinalds Leader-In-Residence and also serves as senior adjunct professor at Strayer University.

A graduate of The Citadel, he earned his PhD, in business with a concentration in leadership from Northcentral University. He is a retired Naval officer and is currently the chief of staff for the South Carolina Naval Militia. Durante was as a major program manager in his last assignment in the Navy where he was responsible for the preliminary system engineering, architecture design, acquisition planning, and design studies for the Joint Command & Control Mission Package, an ACAT I program with a budget of $1.1 billion.

Durante is the President of The Citadel Alumni Association and serves on The Citadel Board of Visitors and The Citadel Foundation Board of Directors.

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