'10 Things CEOs Need to Know'

April 19, 2017
Hosted by Pam Lassiter

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Pam Lassiter, Host of the CEO Academy, will interview Rick Burns, Co-Founder and CEO of Charles River Ventures, one of the country’s major venture firms. He is on 14 boards and has mentored over 100 successful CEOs so far, so is uniquely positioned to speak about “10 Things CEOs Need to Know.” Rick will speak with great clarity on the importance of first-hand customer knowledge, game plans, communications, hiring, culture, succession planning, the risk of tradition, and “shaking it up” at a company when it’s at its peak. Rick is highly active at the top leadership level of multiple non-profit boards as well, and he will talk about the inter-relationships between the two and the benefits to CEOs of being involved outside of their companies. You’ll leave the show with many more ideas than “10 Things CEOs should Know.”

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Our show addresses your most pressing questions about setting up your success. How do you develop a plan for becoming the CEO? How do you scale your company to international success? How do you negotiate and influence on behalf of yourself and your stakeholders? How do you motivate your employees and the company to follow your leadership? When and how do you shift your leadership style?

Whether you are currently a CEO or are on your way to becoming one, having the right answers to these questions will set you apart as a leader. We’ll cover these topics and others related to your professional growth on your trusted source for career success.

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Pam Lassiter

Pam Lassiter improves your competitive edge and success at work. Author of The New Job Security, recipient of the Wall Street Journal’s Editor’s Choice Award, she is Principal of Lassiter Consulting, a global career management firm that co-creates paths with you to the work goals that you seek.

For over 30 years, Pam has worked with senior executives through her private practice, with global coaching firms, and with Harvard Business School’s Executive Education global leaders as they move into leadership roles. Lassiter teaches “Career Leadership” at Harvard University’s Division of Continuing Education, leads the career series for HBS Boston Alumni, and gives keynote speeches to organizations and professional associations who know that growing their people will grow their business. Her interviews are on television and in business publications including Fast Company, Fortune, The Financial Times, Bloomberg radio, Financial News Network and CFO.

Her private clients are up-skilling their leadership competencies at their companies, are either confidentially transitioning into new companies or going through outplacement, or are planning active retirements. Her corporate clients need discreet coaching for senior leaders or outplacement and transition coaching during change.

Pam serves on multiple boards and coaches clients about strategies for including boards in your professional development.

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Episode Directory

April 2017

  • 4/26/2017: 'Why Should Anyone be Led by You?' Coming Soon
  • 4/19/2017: '10 Things CEOs Need to Know' Listen Now
  • 4/12/2017: Scaling Your Company from an Idea to a Global Enterprise Listen Now
  • 4/5/2017: Your 5 Step Plan to be CEO Listen Now

Dr. Vanu Bose


Dr. Bose is CEO of Vanu, Inc., a provider of innovative wireless infrastructure solutions. This technology will bring broadband coverage to the hardest to reach parts of the world, providing rural communities with improved access to healthcare, education and opportunity. Vanu, Inc. has pilots in Rwanda and rural Vermont.
Dr. Bose spoke at the “The Next Three Billion: an Initiative to Bring the Whole World Online” at the New America Foundation and will speak at the World Economic Forum Internet For All Forum in Uganda.
Vanu, Inc. pioneered the commercialization of software-defined radio (SDR) and was the first company to have it certified by the FCC. He has been named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and is currently serving as a member of the Army Science Board and a member of the MIT Corporation. He previously served as a Commissioner to the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development.Dr. Bose received his BS, MS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from MIT. View Guest page

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Rick Burnes


Rick Burnes is Co-Founder of Charles River Ventures, one of the country’s major venture firms. As CEO of Charles River Ventures, he played a leading role in the firm's development into a launchpad for some of America’s most successful companies. With a focus on communications, IT and information services, Rick now serves as Partner Emeritus and Advisor. He also serves on the boards of multiple for profit corporations.
Rick strongly believes in the importance of philanthropy and in oversight of organizations by serving on their boards. He is the Chair of Board of Trustees of WGBH Educational Foundation, the former Chair and a Trustee of the Boston Museum of Science, the Vice Chairman of Sea Education Association, a director of the Boston Plan for Excellence working with the Boston Schools, and leadership roles in multiple other non-profit organizations.
He holds an M.B.A. from Boston University and a B.A. in History from Harvard College. View Guest page

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Dr. Richard Eglen


Dr. Richard M. Eglen is Vice President and General Manager of Corning Life Sciences (CLS). He sets and executes the strategic direction for the division’s growth including the acquisitions of Mediatech Inc. and of Becton Dickinson’s Discovery Labware as well as creates partnerships and collaborations to position CLS as an innovative leader in key markets. Eglen has also led the expansion into Asia Pacific, where CLS invested in new manufacturing and distribution facilities to support regional growth.
Dr Eglen’s prior experience includes executive management positions as Vice President of the Center for Biological Research at Roche, as Executive VP for R&D at DiscoveRx Corp, as General Manager of Drug Discovery Reagents, and as President of Bio-discovery, PerkinElmer.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Special Honors Physiology from Sheffield University, U.K. and a Ph.D. in Molecular Pharmacology from Trent University, U.K. View Guest page

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John Humphrey


John is Chair of Humphrey Enterprises, a private equity company, and CEO of Humphrey Companies. a holding company that includes Hadley Products, Corvac Composites, and Nelson Metal Products, an automotive castings supplier. Nelson was named GM Supplier of the Year for 3 consecutive years then acquired. John co-founded the Forum Corporation which became the global market leader in corporate training. It was acquired by Pearson as it provided outsourced training to over 1mm people globally in 13 languages. On the non-profit side, John was national Chair of the American Society of Training and other organizations, receiving several life time achievement awards. He is currently serving as Chair Emeritus of the Boston Ballet.
John earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. View Guest page

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