Guest Speakers Focus on Career Development at Fall Doctor of Management Symposium

Bob Garner - Epcot 30th Anniversary - CTU Doctor of Management Symposium SpeakerExcitement, engagement and inspiration are the common threads that we strive to weave into our planning to ensure that each doctoral symposium we create is an outstanding experience for everyone involved. And the fall symposium for CTU doctoral management students this week is no exception.

Each symposium is an important opportunity for students in the program to come together in a classroom and workshop setting to collaborate, learn and network. The “real time” (and place) setting is important as a means of augmenting the online learning environment.

The benefits of face-to-face interaction go beyond the peer mixing. The symposium also introduces courses and workshop presenters, including senior leaders who are relevant to the field of management. Another important dimension is the one-on-one time allotted for interaction with students’ faculty mentors – expanded from previous sessions in response to popular request.

A special highlight of the fall symposium, however, is the four guest presenters we’ve lined up. All have been incredibly successful in their careers and helping others with theirs. They will share their perspectives and tips to help our students achieve similar success in their professions. Here’s the lineup:


Philip Anderson - CTU Doctor of Management Symposium SpeakerRising to the Top: Managing Organizational Politics
Dr. Philip Anderson
Organizational politics is one of the soft skills that you typically are forced to learn on the job; Dr. Anderson will use case studies and his own experiences helping executives advance their careers to bring his points home. Currently director of change management and business transformation at Manpower, he formerly worked for Abbott Labs and the YMCA, where he coached senior managers on a national level on career advancement.


Bob Garner - CTU Doctor of Management Symposium SpeakerWalt Disney’s Motivational Management
Bob Garner
Bob spent his career leading people in innovation and creativity while a creative executive at Disney. Garner, who was a keynote speaker at the recent 30th anniversary celebration of Epcot Center, will focus his presentation on motivational management with a focus on how to help our students find their own motivation for career success.


Bill Schoenberg - CTU Doctor of Management Symposium SpeakerAchieve Personal Leadership: Developing the Skills to Influence and Lead Others
Bill Schoenberg
Bill is an executive coach and consultant who uses the principles of the Dale Carnegie approach to self-improvement to help people position themselves to win, personally and professionally. Schoenberg will draw from his personal experiences to help the doctorate-level audience realize how to achieve personal leadership.


Monisha Merchant - CTU Doctor of Management Symposium SpeakerTrends in Federal Policy Change Effectiveness
Monisha Merchant
As a senior advisor of business affairs for U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, Monisha will take the discussion away from careers, moving toward “scenario thinking” as a means of discussing trends in federal policy change effectiveness. Among other things, she will advise on current trends in global policy, environmental sustainability projects, and government change initiatives.

Photo credit: Bob Garner at the Epcot 30th Anniversary Celebration,