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"The Journey From Function Head to Your CEO's Valued Business Adviser" with Larry Stybel (CS #68)

Being head of a business function may get you a "Seat at the Table"; but it might be a high chair. Some CEOs can be dismissive of critical business functions as “nothing more than cost centers.”

That dismissive attitude negatively impacts on the ability of the functional head to be successful. Larry Stybel and his colleagues have been conducting a national research project on the successful “Journey” of C-Suite leaders. Are you on your “Journey” and ready to be more efficient?  If not on your “Journey,” are you interested in thinking about starting?

Event Learning Objectives:

  1. Tips for Job Candidates: questions to ask to find the "right" CEO for the "Journey".
  2. When you are the incumbent and the CEO has just been hired/promoted.
  3. How to blur boundaries.
  4. How to speak at key meetings in ways that command respect.

Speaker's Bio:

Larry Stybel is a licensed doctoral level psychologist, and co-founder of two businesses. Stybel Peabody was founded in 1979. Its mission is to help client companies grow without destroying greatness.  Core services: retained search focused on Boards of Directors, CEOs, COOs, and Chief Financial Officers; 1:1 leadership development; and executive outplacement. Check out the website at  Board Options, Inc. is Mr. Stybel's second company. Two critical missions for the Board of Directors’ Nominating & Governance Committee: a well-educated board and an appropriately talented Board.  Board Options, Inc. is an online expert resource to Nominating & Governance Committees in both areas. Check out the website at

Mr. Stybel is adjunct instructor of leadership at Northeastern University’s D’Amore McKim Business School. In 2017 the Marquis Who's Who Publications Board named him winner of its Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.  This Award recognizes Mr. Stybel’s “lasting contributions to the field of leadership.”  He is listed in Marquis’ WHO’S WHO IN BUSINESS & FINANCE and Marquis’ WHO’S WHO IN AMERICA.He  received his doctorate in organization development from Harvard University, an M.A. in clinical psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.A. from the City College of New York.  

Venue: MIT Sloan, Building E62, Room 262

Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm (6:30 - 7pm light supper & networking)

On-Campus Free Parking:  Due to the never-ending construction, Sloan's Hermann Garage is only accessable via Main Street. It is a small garage without a gate, and directly under the Sloan library. Another option is the Amherst Street/E51 lot. These parking lots are free after 5pm. The closest public parking is Kendall Center Green Garage, next to the Marriott Hotel. The entrance is 90 Broadway Street. For other suggesions, click here.

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