Charles Duhigg
The New York Times

Charles Duhigg is the best-selling author of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, which explores the science of habit formation in our lives, companies and societies. His presentations are both descriptive and prescriptive, and speak to a wide range of groups from the fields of science, medicine, business and education. Duhigg is a prize-winning investigative reporter for the business section of The New York Times, where he contributes to the newspaper and the Times Magazine. He has authored or contributed to “The Reckoning” (2008), which studied the causes and outcomes of the financial crisis, “Toxic Waters” (2009), about the worsening pollution in American waters and this year’s “The iEconomy,” examining Apple’s practices in manufacturing overseas, and what it tells us about the American economy. His work was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2009, and has won the George Polk Award (2007), the Gerald Loeb Award (2008), the National Journalism Award (2009) and other honors. The Power of Habit is on the long list for the 2012 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Best Business Book of the Year Award. In addition to his reporting, Charles Duhigg is a regular contributor to television and radio, including the Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Frontline, Dr. Oz and various programs on CNBC and NPR. Before becoming a journalist, Mr. Duhigg worked in private equity and founded a health care company in his home state of New Mexico. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School and Yale College.

Session: Closing Keynote: The Power of a Crisis - How Leaders Teach Organizational Habits Through Accident and Design
(Featured Speaker)

Date: Thursday, Sep 13

Time: 03:55 PM - 04:30 PM

In the New York Times bestselling book The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With intelligence and an ability to distill vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation.

In his talk, Charles will tell the story of how an untested CEO took over Alcoa, one of the largest companies in America which was suffering from low efficiency, low product quality and high manufacturing costs, and made it into a top performer in the Dow Jones, all because he succeeded in transforming a keystone habit that shaped every aspect of the workers' lives.