C-Circle – Leadership – Are You Being All You Can Be?

Date: Thursday, September 15, 2016
Time: 8:00am-10:00am
Location: Morgan Lewis
1400 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

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Mastering the art of leadership takes time, dedication and a willingness to fail. In light of the incredible pace of technological change and the rapid introduction of so many disruptive technologies and business models, leadership is an absolute essential ingredient for business success. Despite the demands of raising capital, signing the next customer, meeting the budget and solving the myriad of day-to-day problems, are you spending the time needed to become a better leader of your organization? Please join our executive roundtable to discuss the leadership lessons learned by our members, the mistakes they have made and how they balance the need to improve with the many tasks requiring their attention. Please join your C-Circle peers in discussing the following questions:

  • What is leadership?
  • Must a leader be a visionary?
  • With respect to leadership, what is the role of honesty and integrity?
  • How important are communication skills to a leader?
  • What makes one a good communicator?
  • Does an optimistic, positive outlook matter to a leader?
  • Should a leader have a sense of purpose?
  • Is a high emotional quotient important?
  • Must a leader be a good storyteller?
  • How do the leadership skills required differ between a start-up and a larger company?
  • Within an organization, how important is it to have leaders at every level?
  • With the incredible time demands on an executive, how does one find the time to improve leadership skills?
  • How can one improve his or her leadership skills?
  • Should leaders admit mistakes, apologize and show humility?
  • What are the typical mistakes leaders make?


Guest Expert


Dr. Charles M. Geschke

Chairman of the Board
Adobe Systems Incorporated

Dr. Charles Geschke cofounded Adobe in 1982 with Dr. John Warnock, driving technology innovations that forever transformed how people create and consume content across every screen. A respected and inspiring industry leader, Geschke was instrumental in developing some of the software industry’s most pioneering technologies. Through his vision and passion, Geschke helped build Adobe from a start-up into one of the world’s largest software companies. Today, he and Warnock are co-chairmen of Adobe’s board of directors and continue to shape direction for the company with more than $4 billion in annual revenue. Geschke has served as chairman of the board with Warnock since September 1997. He was chief operating officer of Adobe from December 1986 until July 1994 and president from April 1989 until his retirement in April 2000.

Prior to co-founding Adobe, Geschke formed the Imaging Sciences Laboratory at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) and was a principal scientist and researcher at Xerox PARC’s Computer Sciences Laboratory.

Among many awards, Geschke, along with Warnock, was the recipient of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, one of the nation’s highest honors bestowed on scientists, engineers and inventors. Geschke holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University as well as a master’s degree in mathematics and an A.B. in classics, both from Xavier University.


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