Today we are joined by Leonard Schlesinger and Denny Weinberg. Leonard is currently a Baker Foundation Professor at the Harvard Business School but he has transitioned several times between academic and managerial roles in both educational and business settings. Denny is a member of the founding team at WellPoint, now known as Anthem.

This ambition to be a creator, to be an entrepreneur, to start something new, has moved into a more prominent position. — Denny Weinberg

In part one of this episode of Building Bridges, we’re talking about what entrepreneurs should learn from corporate leaders—and vice versa.

Our Guests:

  • Len Schlesinger is currently a Baker Foundation Professor at the Harvard Business School. However, he has had anything but a typical academic career—having transitioned several times between academic and managerial roles in both educational and business settings. Len is a past President of Babson College, which U.S. News & World Report ranks as the #1 school in the world for undergraduate entrepreneurship. He has also been Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer at Limited Brands, and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Au Bon Pain. Len is the author or co-author of more than a dozen books, and countless articles. He has also consulted to more than 250 organizations and served on a wide range of for-profit and non-profit boards.
  • Denny Weinberg is an experienced healthcare executive, and a member of the founding executive team at WellPoint, now known as Anthem, where he served as CEO of several operating companies. He is an investor and board director for several start-ups and private equity owned businesses and has served on a number of public company boards—including Dole Foods, Salem Communications, Health Management, and WellPoint/Anthem.

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