IMPACT Speaker David Kappos: "Built to Last: The Tenets for a Successful Government Agency in the 21st Century."

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 David Kappos, former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the  U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), will speak on building today's service-oriented federal government agencies.  Kappos will share his experiences managing and leading the USPTO, an 11,000 employee, $2.5 billion-revenue service organization housed in the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Focusing on what was learned during the deployment of improvement initiatives at the USPTO between 2009 and 2013, he will reveal how approaches pioneered in the private sector – like user-focused design and attention to clients’ needs – can be deployed to improve government operations.  He will also explain how government agencies will need to be constructed and run much differently to succeed in the future, and how many rules and organizational arrangements need to be fundamentally rethought in the public sector. This IMPACT event will be an interactive presentation, moderated by Stuart Graham, Assistant Professor of business strategy in the Scheller college. Click to download the printable flyer for the Kappos event

Mr. Kappos will speak at Georgia Tech's IMPACT Speaker Series on Wednesday, March 5. All are welcome to attend.

About the Impact Speaker Series:

Since 2002, the IMPACT Speaker Series has brought highly successful business leaders from a variety of industries to campus to share their experiences and give advice to students and other entrepreneurs on topics ranging from "building a venture around intellectual capital" to "successful entrepreneurship in large organizations" and "socially responsible leadership". The weekly series provides Georgia Tech students, alumni and the Atlanta business community an opportunity to network and learn from successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and notable business and non-profit leaders.

The series is free and open to the public, and reservations are not required.


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  • Created By:Dori Pap
  • Created:01/24/2014
  • Modified By:Fletcher Moore
  • Modified:04/13/2017