Opening keynote: The 4 Disciplines of Execution

Wednesday, April 12, 9:15–10:30am  |  Indiana Memorial Union and livestream

Chris McChesney

Global practice leader of execution, FranklinCovey Co.

Chris McChesney is the co-author of a best-selling book on strategy execution, “The 4 Disciplines of Execution.” He is the global practice leader of execution for FranklinCovey Co., where he leads the company's ongoing design and development of these principles.

McChesney has personally led many of the most noted implementations of the 4 Disciplines, including with Marriott® International, Shaw Industries, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company®, The Kroger® Co., The Coca-Cola Co.®, Comcast, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Gaylord Entertainment. He has also worked with Yum Brands, Chick-Fil-A, Neighborly Brands, Loan Market, Hard Rock Cafe, Bridgestone, and Tailored Brands.

This practical experience has enabled him to test and refine the principles contained in “The 4 Disciplines of Execution” from the boardroom to the front line of these and many other organizations.

This keynote is sponsored by the Deb Allmayer and James Williams Continuing Leadership Development Series.

Panel discussion: Incorporating AI to Help Students Succeed

Wednesday, April 12, 11:15am to 12pm  |  Indiana Memorial Union and livestream


  • Jay Gladden, associate vice president, learning technologies, Indiana University


  • Stefano Fiorini, manager of research and analytics, Office of Institutional Analytics, Indiana University 
  • Joanna Millunchick, dean, Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, Indiana University 
  • Clayton Nicholas, industry research development specialist, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis 
  • Mark Werling, chief privacy officer, Indiana University

Broad coverage of the capabilities of artificial intelligence (AI) tools like ChatGPT has generated significant discussion about the role of AI in student learning. Should AI be embraced and integrated into the curriculum, or should it be resisted and monitored? What will our students need to know about AI as they head into the workforce?

The conversation goes beyond the classroom and includes how AI might be used to help students succeed. For example, can data on student activity be mined in real time to identify students who need help from an advisor? Or, how can AI be used to answer student questions promptly and around the clock?

To explore these issues and more, the panel focused on using AI to advance student success by considering topics such as:

  • integrating AI into teaching and learning
  • using AI to support student persistence
  • using AI to understand the student experience
  • exploring the ethics associated with using AI to help students