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Do not miss the fourth Annual Transformative CEO Summit, taking place virtually on March 21, from 11AM to 1PM ET! Explore pertinent topics such as business transformation, building an exceptional culture, developing agile strategic plans, generative AI, innovation, and more.

Laura B. Cardinal, a prominent member of the SMS community, will be moderating a WorkGroup (panel discussion of a certain topic). She will be facilitating conversations among a panel of established CEOs. Learn more about Laura below!

This event will also feature insightful perspectives from seven WorkGroups and keynote addresses by esteemed speakers: Gary J. Shapiro (Producer at CES and President & CEO of Consumer Technology Association), Ida Liu (Head of Citi Private Bank), Joe Hart (CEO of Dale Carnegie Training), Lisa Lutoff-Perlo (Vice Chairman at Royal Caribbean Group and Former CEO of Celebrity Cruises), and James Keyes (Former CEO of Blockbuster and 7-11).

Secure your spot at the Transformative CEO Summit today to be a part of the transformative conversation!

*SMS members receive complimentary registration. Please message the SMS Executive Office at sms@strategicmanagement.net for the member-exclusive code.


Laura B. Cardinal is the Endowed Chair and Director of the SmartState Center for Innovation + Commercialization at the University of South Carolina (USC) Darla Moore School of Business (DMSB). She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Texas-Austin in organizational studies.

As the SmartState Center’s leader, Cardinal not only helps bridge the gap between academia and commercialization, but also plays an integral role in preparing the next generation of business innovators. Her influence is evident in the successful design and implementation of the Strategic Innovation Certificate at the DMSB. The program focuses on preparing working professionals and graduate students from diverse professions to successfully navigate rapid technological changes across industries in their companies and organizations. An engaging leader and lecturer, Cardinal has received awards for both teaching and research.

Cardinal’s areas of specialization center on the implementation of innovation goals and strategies and includes understanding how organizational control and coordination affect innovation, R&D, new product development teams, product commercialization and founding firm adaptation. Her research appears in numerous journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Annals, Organization Science, and Strategic Management Journal.

She has served on editorial review boards of esteemed academic publications, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Management, the Board of Directors of the Strategic Management Society, and grant panels for the National Science Foundation.

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21 Mar, 2024


11:00am EDT - 01:00pm EDT



SMS Executive Office