Going Green

Inside the CEO Mind welcomes MSU president

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As the 20th president of Michigan State University (MSU), Lou Anna Kimsey Simon leads one of the world’s top universities and serves as one of the state’s thought-leaders on the changes and challenges facing higher education.

On April 19, Simon will be the featured speaker at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Inside the CEO Mind, a programming series that provides Chamber members with exclusive access to the some of the region’s best business minds and innovative thinkers.

“We’re thrilled to have Lou Anna Simon speak at Inside the CEO Mind,” said Chamber Chief Operating Officer Tammy Carnrike. “As the leader of a world-renowned university, she can bring a unique perspective on leadership as  well as the state of higher education  and innovation in Michigan.”

Simon was appointed president in January 2005 by the MSU board of trustees. Her career at MSU began after earning her doctorate in 1974 and moved into a variety of administrative roles, including assistant provost for general academic administration, associate provost, and provost and vice president for academic affairs.

As president, Simon has engaged MSU in a strategic and transformative journey to adapt the principles of the land-grant tradition to 21st century challenges. She has expanded MSU’s reach in the state and around the world by focusing the university’s strengths on solutions that enhance and protect quality of life: clean and affordable energy, access to education, safe and plentiful food, and health care.

Simon is the second speaker in the 2013 series lineup as the program continues to host high profile CEOs whose innovative businesses, practices and companies are fueling Southeast Michigan’s economy. This year’s programming season kicked off with Carla Bailo, senior vice president of research and development for Nissan Americas.

“Inside the CEO Mind is a wonderful program. To hear these accomplished professionals share their wisdom and insight is truly inspirational, but even  more important, their advice is practical,” said Alan Hahn, business development manager, Dragun Corporation.

In 2012, the Inside the CEO Mind series hosted influential CEOs including Mike Duggan of Detroit Medical Center, Florine Mark of Weight Watchers Group and Kim Yost of Art Van Furniture.

“It’s not often that a small business can have an audience with the CEO of a large company. But that is exactly what you get with Inside the CEO Mind,” said Jim Musial, Chamber member and ambassador. “You get to hear firsthand about their personal story and about their organization. The stories are inspiring and I always look forward  to the next one.”

To learn more about Inside the CEO Mind or to attend an event, please visit detroitchamber.com/events.