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Mark Thompson (author)
Mark Thompson is bestselling coauthor of Success Built to Last, the sequel to Built to Last and in 2009 edited two new books released by Harvard Business Press/Fifty Lessons: Crisis as Opportunity and Weathering the Storm. Mark is also author of The Day I Blew Up the Factory with Jack Welch, Women on Leadership, and Seven Sacred Promises with Maya Angelou.
Mark is a Visiting Scholar at his alma mater, Stanford University, and also served on the faculty of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and the R.W. Advanced Investment Advisor program at the University of Chicago. He is creator and host of the Leaders of the New Century Series with public broadcasting and with Peter Drucker's Leader to Leader Institute in New York. The program features inspiring insights from Mark's interviews with thought leaders in nonprofit, for profit and commercial organizations. Reporting directly to Charles "Chuck" Schwab until 2000, Mark Thompson was SVP of the Schwab Client Experience and Chief Communications Officer for five million client accounts with over $800 billion in client assets. He also served as Executive Producer of Schwab.com where he created and hosted the Charles Schwab Leadership Series with dozens of great innovators, from Warren Buffett to Steve Jobs. Read More
Bonita Thompson (author)
Bonita Thompson brings a unique combination of scientific method as well as practical business experience in large organizational environments. As Research Director for Success Built to Last she analyzed over 200 interviews to synthesize key elements of success. Trained in industrial psychology and statistics, she holds an MBA from U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. She brings to Success Built to Last over 20 years of experience in organizational development, performance-based compensation systems, employee opinion surveys and human resources systems design at Bank of America, Levi Strauss, Genentech, Pacific Telesis, Catellus and Varian. Read More