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2024 Spring Onsite Conference

Friday, May 17, 2024 from 1pm to 5:30pm

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Career Development

How You Can Be the CEO of Your Life

You’re a successful professional, juggling multiple competing priorities between work and personal life. At the same time, work and your personal life is a constant struggle to balance it all. This frequently leaves you feeling like you're merely surviving, not thriving.

At the same time, the events of the past few years have taken a toll, forcing you to look in the mirror each morning and ask yourself, "What's most important to me? How do I achieve balance? What am I missing? Is it all worth it?" You're not alone. Even after decades of experience and career "Forrest Gump" moments, professionals like us are still wrestling with these very questions.

But there's hope. The same business frameworks and concepts CEOs use to create value in organizations can also work for your different "lines of business" – your family, work, friends, loved ones, and community.

We’ll spend our time exploring how great business frameworks for business CEOs also apply to you as the CEO of YOUR life.

Chris Hitch, Ph.D.

Chris Hitch, Ph.D.

Business School Professor

NCSU Poole College of Management

Dr. Chris Hitch has devoted more than 35 years in line and staff leadership roles. Coming out of a blend of public education, private industry, and government service, he served in six different general manager roles in four different industries.
Chris has led strategy, leadership, and innovation workshops for over 8,700 aspiring, emerging, and operational leaders around the country. He led the public service and private sector executive development programs for UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School for 7 years, working with over 1,100 C-suite leaders from multiple industry sectors throughout the United States.

In 2017, he began a second career, serving as an adjunct professor for multiple top business schools, including NC State’s Poole College of Management. He also launched a boutique management education firm, focusing on strategy, leadership, and innovation.

Dr. Hitch won awards from both NC State University and UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School for service to the community.

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