Global Salesian Leadership 


Global SLS

We invite you to participate in our fourth annual Global Salesian Leadership Symposium, a life-changing program steeped in Salesian virtues, based upon the spirituality of 
Francis de Sales, the Gentleman Saint.  GSLS will provide access and proximity to world-class thought leaders in diverse areas of innovation and industry. 


Tom Blank

Tom Blank, PhD. is the Research Hardware Manager at Facebook Reality Labs Research.  He leads the team developing integrated circuits for driving augmented reality displays.  Dr. Blank has published 20 patents and has been working at Facebook since 2017.  Prior to Facebook, he was employed at Oculus Research building a team of Model Makers, Mechanical Engineers, and Electrical Engineers.  He also directed the buildout of a prototype facility.  From 2009-2014, Dr. Blank built prototype electrical and mechanical systems to advance researchers' agendas at Microsoft.  He actually began his 20-year career at Microsoft in 1994 as the Director of the Microsoft Network (MSN) Access Operations and other jobs.  Tom is a 1971 alumnus of St. Francis de Sales school.  He earned his BSEE from the University of Washington, a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Stanford in 1979, and his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1982.  Dr. Blank and his wife, Jeannie, reside in Bellevue, Washington.

Keith Burris

Keith C. Burris has been a journalist for 30 years and has written widely on politics, government, culture, and the arts for publications ranging from Commonweal to The New York Times. He worked previously for The Blade from 1986 to 1989. For 25 years he lived in Connecticut where, for 21 years, he was editorial page editor of the Journal Inquirer, in Manchester.

While in Connecticut, Mr. Burris won the Allen B. Rogers Award -- for the best single editorial, in any newspaper, regardless of size, in New England in a single year. The award was judged by the Nieman
Fellows at Harvard. He is also the author of Deep River: the Life and Music of Robert Shaw and the editor of No-Fault Politics by the late Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy.

Mr. Burris holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and has taught at a number of American colleges and universities. He and his wife Amy, an artist, have three grown children -- Alexander, Sophia, and William.

Katie Hood
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Katie Hood is Chief Executive Officer of the One Love Foundation, a position she has held since 2014. Under her leadership, the organization has become the nation’s leading educator of young people on the topic of healthy and unhealthy relationships, as both a primary prevention strategy for relationship abuse and as an investment in the relationship health of the next generation. Prior to joining One Love, Katie was Chief Executive Officer at the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research where for nine years, she worked to drive research progress toward meaningful new therapeutics and ultimately a cure for Parkinson’s disease. Before transitioning to the nonprofit world, Katie held positions at both Goldman Sachs and Bain & Company. She has also served as a Visiting Lecturer at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. Katie is a passionate, dynamic speaker who has appeared at TED, Aspen Ideas: Health, Milken Global Conference, Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Conference and The Nantucket Project. She is frequently quoted as an expert on dating violence and healthy relationships in national media outlets from ABC News to Teen Vogue.

Katie received her bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University, and MBA from Harvard Business School. She currently serves on the Dean’s Board of Advisors for Harvard Business School and the President’s Advisory Council of Concordia College, and has served on the Advisory Board of the National Institutes of Neurological Disease and Stroke (NINDS) at the NIH, and as an advisor to the Institute of Medicine at the National Academies in Washington DC. Katie lives outside New York City with her husband and four children.

Clint Longenecker

Clinton Oliver Longenecker, is an award winning educator, one of “America’s leaders in creating high performance leaders and organizations,” and is a Distinguished University Professor and the Director of The Center for Leadership and Organizational Excellence in The College of Business and Innovation at The University of Toledo. He has been recognized by The Economist as one of the Top Fifteen Business Professors in the World and his teaching, research and consulting interests are in creating high performance leadership and great organizations. He has been the recipient of over sixty (60) outstanding teaching, service and research awards and numerous industry awards including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Toastmasters International Leadership Award, The Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service, and numerous “Best Professor” recognitions. In 2017, Clint was recognized as one of the top three University Professors in the USA as a Finalist for Baylor University’s Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching and as one of the top thirty (30) “transformational leaders” in America by The John Maxwell Organization.

He has published over 200 articles and papers in leading academic and professional journals including the Sloan Management Review, Industrial Management, Business Horizons, European Business Review, and Organizational Dynamics among others. He is a frequent media source and his research has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, MSNBC, NPR, and a wide variety of media outlets. Clint is also a critically acclaimed professor in The Great Courses Critical Business Skills Series – Organizational Behavior Course. His newest book, The Successful Career Survival Guide is a chronicle of best practices and key research findings designed to help readers improve their personal effectiveness and career trajectory. He is also the coauthor of two best-selling leadership books, Getting Results: Five Absolutes for High Performance and TwoMinute Drill: Lessonsfor Rapid Organizational Improvement from America’s Greatest Game.

Clint is an active management consultant, educator, and executive coach whose clients include a wide variety of Fortune 500 firms and entrepreneurial organizations including: Harley-Davidson, ConAgra, SSOE, ProMedica Health Systems, Whirlpool, Eaton Corporation, Cooper Tire, Dana Corporation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and O-I Inc. among others. Clint has been described by Career Publications as, “one of the top motivational speakers in the U.S. who can blend cutting edge research, common sense, humor and conviction into a real and inspiring call for better performance that can help us all!” Dr. Longenecker has also served as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of the West Indies Barbados and has also lectured extensively in Poland, Hungary, and Russia. He holds a B.B.A. in marketing, an M.B.A. in management, both from The University of Toledo, and a Ph.D. in management from The Pennsylvania State University.

Clint is an active community servant, a committed member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, and an active Bible study leader and Christian speaker. He has spent extensive time working in the country of Haiti managing missionary school and hospital construction projects. Clint is very happily married to the former Cindy Breese, and they have three children: Clinton Charles, Shannon Marie, and Stephen Lorenzo.

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Monday, October 26th 2020

8:30 AM
Introduction of the Day,
James Starks
8:35 AM
Fr. Geoff Rose, OSFS
8:50 AM
Keynote Speaker
Clint Longenecker
9:15 AM
Session 1 - Breakouts
9:50 AM
Keynote Speaker
Keith Burris
10:50 AM
Keynote Speaker
Tom Blank
11:15 AM
Session 3 - Breakouts
11:50 AM
Keynote Speaker
Katie Hood
12:15 PM
Thank you and Farewell
12:25 PM
10:15 AM
Session 2 - Breakouts


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This year's symposium will be held virtually.

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