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Humanex CEO on building corporate talent, culture

Jan. 14, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Brad Black, president, CEO and founder of Humanex Ventures, will discuss "Talent and Culture--What Separates the Best From the Rest?" at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, on the Western Michigan University campus in Kalamazoo.

The free, public talk will be held in Schneider Hall and is part of the 2008-09 Haworth College of Business Distinguished Speaker Series. A question-and-answer period and reception in Black's honor will follow the presentation.

Black is an authority on developing practices that engage and inspire top talent. In 2003, he founded Humanex, a consulting, training, research, coaching and assessment firm that has regional offices in Kalamazoo and Lincoln, Neb., and field offices in six major U.S. cities.

A Nebraska native, Black has gained experience with public and private companies around the world. He began his career as a corporate employee relations manager at Pitney Bowes, one of the exemplary organizations in the Jim Collins book "Good to Great," and served for almost a decade as vice president of human resources for Kalamazoo's Stryker Corp.

While at Stryker, Black developed an integrated human resources model to drive high performance and sustained excellence and was credited with developing the company's world-class sales force. Black's model earned him naming as a Gallup Hall of Fame recipient in the early 1990s and has been featured in two best-selling management books: "First, Break All the Rules" and "Now, Discover Your Strengths," both by Marcus Buckingham.

In 1995, Black joined the Gallup Organizations, serving as a vice president and managing consultant while continuing to advance his model. In 2003, he joined Talent+, where he led integrated practices and served as a member of the board of directors.

To register to attend the Distinguished Speaker Series program, contact the dean's office in the Haworth College of Business at kim.guess@wmich.edu or (269) 387-5050.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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