Dean's Leadership Forum

The Dean's Leadership Forum is a special speaker series that aims to inspire and motivate leaders to transform business and society. It serves as one of the college’s signature events and invites thought-leaders to campus to share their expertise, insights and best practices on leadership. Understanding that examples of exemplary leadership can be found inside and outside of the boardroom, the forum will host speakers from a variety of disciplines and serve as a catalyst for bringing students, faculty, alumni and the community together to discuss topics critical to the success of organizations in a rapidly changing world.

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Milton Chen Leadership Forum Poster


CBA Dean's Leadership Forum: The Global Leadership Initiative - Dr. Milton Chen

Dr. Milton Chen is a renowned proponent for improvements to education, W.K. Kellogg Board of Trustees member and holds numerous other board positions. On Thursday, January 31, Dr. Chen is the featured speaker of the CBA Dean's Leadership Forum: The Global Leadership Initiative with topics including:

  • Activating your Cal Poly education toward an international future
  • Understanding value: market and stake-holders
  • Developing a triple bottom line ethos - developing a philosophy of strategic activism for sustainable enterprise at all scales


Dr. Milton Chen is senior fellow and executive director, emeritus at The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF), a non-profit operating foundation in the San Francisco Bay Area producing the well-known website on innovative K-12 learning. He served as executive director of GLEF from 1998 to 2010. Dr. Chen has been the founding director of the KQED Center for Education (PBS) in San Francisco; director of research at Sesame Workshop in New York, helping develop Sesame Street, The Electric Company, and 3-2-1 Contact; and an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. During 2007-08, he was one of 35 Fulbright New Century Scholars.

Dr. Chen serves as chairman of the Panasonic Foundation in New Jersey, which supports youth and STEM learning in Newark, and is a member of the board of trustees for Sesame Workshop and the Kellogg Foundation. He chaired the education committee for the National Park System Advisory Board, advancing the agency’s work in STEM and humanities education.

Dr. Chen’s career has been honored by the Fred Rogers Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Congressional Black Caucus. He received the NHK-Japan President’s Award for contributions to educational media and was named an Honorary Ranger by the National Park Service. His 2010 book, Education Nation: Six Leading Edges of Innovation in our Schools, was named as one of the year’s best education books by the American School Board Journal. Perhaps most importantly, on his 50th birthday, Dr. Chen was named a Jedi Master by George Lucas!