Leadership Breakfast of Maryland

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Session: 7:30 AM to 8:45 AM. 
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June 2, 2017

Break●Away Leadership: "Business as usual" is over...AGAIN

Suppose you wake up one day, and discover that someone you've never heard of is delivering the same product, the same value or the same service as you. For free...

This is not a wild hypothetical exercise. This has happened countless times to companies large and small. It’s called “disruption,” and it’s not a question of “if” but “when.” As a leader, do you know what you would do?

For many people, when faced with a challenge, the instinct is to resort to what has worked in the past. Unfortunately, familiar tactics won’t equip us to handle the complexity of disruption. We need new leadership skills, new tools, and new ways of thinking and doing. We call this Break●Away Leadership.

Join us for a hands-on, roll-up your sleeves experience that shifts the agenda from competition- based to value innovation, and shows you how to lead your organization into the increasingly complex disruption-based world.

Break●Away creates a new platform for designing your firm’s future. This session will challenge you to consider the new power position you can create.

Take-Aways From This Session

In this session, we will:

  • Move your customer focus from loyalty to empowerment
  •  Change your operational focus from efficient to intelligent
  • Reset your playing field
  • Create a digital agenda
Break●Away will give you the opportunity to explore these concepts and develop a new leadership model based on proven innovation best practices that are embedded in our Breakaway Leadership Framework.

About Our Facilitators: 

Karen Maples
David Schulman          

Karen Maples
Karen Maples is the founder and President of Myutiq – an innovation strategy firm that helps companies build innovation capacity for long-term viability and growth. Karen also serves as Chief Catalyst of FutureForward, a national and global initiative to inspire women scientists to commercialize their technology and to accelerate the number of women-led firms at the cutting edge of emerging and advanced technologies.  Ms. Maples is the co-creator of The Pursuit of UniquenessSM, a repeatable innovation process. And she created DIVERGESM, a complementary methodology focused on the leadership skills needed for innovation to flourish. Ms. Maples has written extensively about innovation for a variety of publications including SmartCEO and Enterprising Women. Recent articles include “The Dynamic of Innovation in Growing Your Business” and “Challenge for Thought” about open innovation platforms.

Ms. Maples was recognized by Enterprising Women Magazine as one of the top women entrepreneurs in North America. She holds a B.B.A. and M.B.A. from the College of William and Mary.  She has completed postgraduate studies in strategic planning and marketing strategy at Harvard Business School and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. When she’s not installing Innovation Ecosystems she loves to play tennis and go to the ballet. 

David Schulman
David Schulman is Chief Cloud Strategist for ForceCounsel, a technology consulting firm helping business executives build a roadmap aligning their technology investments with their business strategy.  In addition to requirements gathering, system selection and implementation, ForceCounsel specializes in assisting organizations in evolving their digital platform from operations and information management to value creation. 

David has worked in aerospace, healthcare, communications, associations and nonprofits. Prior to launching ForceCounsel, he launched, built and sold two business technology firms. PracticeOne, a cloud-based service provider enabling physicians to manage patient care, scheduling and accounting for over 500 physician practices nationwide. Prior to that, he launched Business Engineering, a Microsoft managed services provider which he ran for 15 years. When weather permits, David teaches sailing, guided by the principle that while you can't change the wind, you can adjust your sails.

Contact Information

Karen Maples





David Schulman

Chief Cloud Strategist

Fource Counsel




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The Conference Center at the Offices of Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy, and Ecker, P.A.

12505 Park Potomac Avenue
6th Floor
Potomac, MD 20854
(I270 & Montrose Road)
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Our Gracious Host/Sponsor: Shulman Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A.

Resolutionary Thinking

Focusing on solutions. Thinking creatively and tenaciously about outcomes. About what’s in your best interests. Getting matters resolved, so you can get on with what matters to you. That’s resolutionary thinking. And that’s made Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A., one of the largest, most respected law firms in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

In 1972, Shulman Rogers was founded on a commitment to client service. Today, the firm’s roster of highly skilled attorneys and other dedicated staff members are all guided by that same commitment. A client-first approach. A smart, efficient practice. A relentless focus on problem-solving. And an underlying compassion—for our clients and our community. It all adds up to resolutionary thinking. The kind of thinking you can count on from the people of Shulman Rogers.