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September 1, 2004

Krannert alumna Susan Bulkeley Butler to receive leadership award

Newspaper veterans Woodward, Bradlee to headline Krannert event

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Bob Woodward and Ben Bradlee from "The Washington Post" will be guest speakers on Oct. 14 at Purdue University's Krannert School of Management Leadership Speakers Series.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Purdue Memorial Union ballrooms. Tickets are $100, of which $75 can be considered a charitable contribution because it supports student scholarships. Tables of 10 also are available for $1,000. Tickets may be reserved online. Specially priced tickets are available to Purdue students, faculty and staff.

Tickets also are available by contacting Tim Newton, Krannert School director of external relations and communications, at (765) 496-7271 or (800) 893-4108, tnewton@krannert.purdue.edu. The deadline to purchase tickets is Sept. 30.

Richard A. Cosier, Krannert School dean and Leeds Professor of Management, will give welcoming remarks, and Purdue President Martin C. Jischke will make after-dinner remarks. Dinner starts at 7 p.m., and Woodward and Bradlee will speak at 8 p.m.

After dinner, Susan Bulkeley Butler, a 1965 Krannert alumna, will receive this year's Krannert Business Leadership Award. Other Krannert alumni awards also will be presented.

Bob Woodward

Woodward, now assistant managing editor of "The Washington Post," first garnered national attention in 1973 when he and Carl Bernstein investigated the Watergate break-in during the Richard Nixon administration. The two young reporters won the Pulitzer Prize for their work. Woodward has gone on to write nine No. 1 best-selling books, including "All the President's Men" and, most recently, "Plan of Attack," about the Iraq War.

Ben Bradlee has been managing editor of "The Washington Post" since 1965. He has advocated and encouraged investigative journalism, including the Watergate investigation, which inspired a generation of young journalists. He also worked for Newsweek, and his book, "Conversations with Kennedy," was published in 1975.

Ben Bradlee

Butler was named first female partner at Andersen Consulting Co. (now Accenture) in 1979 and developed a new line of business – change management. When she retired from Accenture in 2002, she was a managing partner for the company's office of the CEO, served on the executive committee and was president of the Accenture Foundation.

Butler has been an advocate for the women who have followed in her successful corporate footsteps. She is president of the Susan Bulkeley Butler Institute for the Development of Woman Leaders.

In a Krannert Magazine article, Butler said, "There's been a lot of movement in the last 40 years, but the numbers [of women in upper management] aren't where I think they should be. To a lot of women, it's still not cool to be smart. That's still something that needs to change."

Butler has endowed a professorship in operations management and a scholarship for an outstanding female student.

Sponsors of this year's Krannert Leadership Speakers Series are Guidant, Saint-Gobain Containers, LaSalle Bank, American United Life, Anthem, Ford Motor Co., Morse Financial Group, C3 Logistics, Ice Miller, Susan Bulkeley Butler Institute, Lafayette Printing, Grow Indiana Media Ventures and the Purdue Alumni Association.

The first Krannert Leadership Speakers Series event in 2001 featured basketball legend Bill Russell speaking on motivation, analytical thinking and leadership. In 2002 Caspar Weinberger, the former Secretary of Defense and chairman of Forbes magazine, spoke on geopolitics, war and peace. Last year, the sold-out event was at the Purdue Memorial Union, and the speaker was political commentator Tim Russert.

Writer: J.M. Lillich, (765) 494-2077, mlillich@purdue.edu

Source: Tim Newton, (765) 496-7271, tnewton@krannert.purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu


Note to Journalists: Journalists wishing to speak to Woodward, Bradlee or Susan Butler should contact Tim Newton, Krannert School director of external relations and communications, at (765) 496-7271, tnewton@krannert.purdue.edu.


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