Mike Rowe, Alan Mulally Named Annual Conference Keynoters

SHRM 2016 Conference Speakers Announced

By SHRM Online staff Mar 8, 2016

Former Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally and TV personality Mike Rowe will co-headline the June 19 general session of the SHRM 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition in Washington, D.C.

Alan MulallyFortune magazine ranked Mulally among the “World’s Greatest Leaders” in 2015, and Barron’s magazine included him on its 2012 list of the 30 “World’s Best CEOs.” In 2009 Time magazine cited him as one of 100 of “The World’s Most Influential People,” and in 2011 Chief Executive magazine named him “Chief Executive of the Year.”

Mulally served as president and CEO of Ford and sat on its board of directors from September 2006 until June 2014. He went on to join Google’s board in July 2014, and in May 2015 became director at printing company Carbon3D Inc. His background also includes serving as president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and president of Boeing Information, Space, and Defense Systems.

Mulally serves on President Barack Obama’s United States Export Council, co-chairs the Washington Competitiveness Council and has been a member of advisory boards for various groups, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned a master’s degree in management as a 1982 Alfred P. Sloan Fellow. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and is a fellow of England’s Royal Academy of Engineering.

Mike Rowe

If it’s a dirty job, TV host Mike Rowe has probably done it. His hit TV series, “Dirty Jobs,” ran for eight years on the Discovery Channel and paid tribute to the men and women who work unglamorous jobs—from sewer inspector to termite controller to the person who plugs abandoned mines—and included Rowe taking a turn at those jobs.

Mike Rowe - Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service His latest series, “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” premiered in 2014 on CNN. On his website, Rowe says the show “brings viewers face-to-face with men and women who march to the beat of a different drum” and along the way pays “tribute to innovators, do-gooders, entrepreneurs, collectors [and] fanatics.” Past episodes have included making music with a cigar box, soaring with an elite parachute team, looking into the world of Roller Derby athletes, and competing in extreme soap box racing.

Rowe is the founder and CEO of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, which awards scholarships through its Work Ethic Scholarship Program to students pursuing a career in the skilled trades, and he is affiliated with groups such as the Future Farmers of America and Skills USA.

He has worked as a writer, narrator, producer, actor and spokesman, and—“for reasons he cannot explain,” he wrote on his websiteForbes magazine named him one of the country’s 10 Most Trustworthy Celebrities in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Get more details here about Annual Conference, including registration information.


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