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HBA Leadership Day

Sep 8, 2023 • 8:15 am - 1:00 pm

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Headshot photo of keynote Danny Southwick

Headshot photo of keynote Danny Southwick

On September 8, the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership will host its annual Ivey HBA Leadership Day – a day dedicated to the development of our HBA1 students as leaders. The HBA class will have the opportunity to have a first-hand look at the development of good leadership and leader character from keynote speaker Dr. Danny Southwick, followed by a leadership panel of Ivey alumni. 

Keynote Address: Danny Southwick 

8:15am – 9:40am, Alumni Hall

Danny Southwick has been a pro football player for 15 years; he was drafted by the Oakland Raiders and has been a star quarterback in arenas all over the country. His football heroics led him to think deeply about what it means to have “talent” and when it’s really about just sticking to it and putting in the work. People picture a lot of different things when they hear the word talent—some imagine a fixed and innate ability, a gift, that you’re either born with or you’re not. Others see something variable, something which can grow, develop, and strengthen over time. For Danny, it’s about what he learned as a football player: practice.

Danny deepened his expertise in grit by studying for a Ph.D. in Psychology under Dr. Angela Duckworth, New York Times Best Selling Author of Grit. He realized that his insights about talent and grit were right: Danny discovered that there are proven links between using the word “talent” and lack of motivation and resources for employee development in a business.

Now, Danny uses both his football experience and his psychological research to teach the mechanics of grit and to help companies support their employees. He gives clear, actionable steps that organizations can follow to use the right tools—and the right language—when they want to motivate employees and teams, achieve top-level goals, and instill a growth mindset in absolutely everyone. Danny’s business sense was honed by earning an MBA from the University of California at Irvine, and he holds a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in Psychology.

Leadership Panel 

10:00am – 11:15am, Alumni Hall

The panel of leaders represent a broad range of perspectives, and their message will focus on the learning that happens to good leaders throughout their lives – the experiences and influences that enable leaders to know what to do, how to act and how to lead during tumultuous and trying times. Three proven leaders will participate in the panel:

Mona Malone, HBA '94
Chief Human Resources Officer and Head of People & Culture at BMO Financial Group

Jeannine Pereira, HBA '95
Director, Talent Development, EY Canada

Rashid Wasti, EMBA '03 
EVP & Chief Talent Officer at George Weston Limited

The event will conclude with students participating in a mini case class back at Ivey Business School in their section classrooms, led by Ivey faculty.