Head of Management Association to Talk on Civility in the Workplace

News Story: November 21, 2012

Edward T. Reilly, head of the American Management Association will talk on Civility in Management on Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Ferguson Library in Stamford.

Reilly understands the workplace and the keys to good management.  He understands bad bosses and successful bosses because every year, AMA directly interacts with over 100,000 managers and executives.

Reilly’s talk is part of a series on Civility in America, organized by the City of Stamford and The Dilenschneider Group. Sacred Heart University and Purdue Pharma LP are sponsoring the series on civility in conjunction with Hearst Media Group in Connecticut and the Ferguson Library. Future speakers in the series will include former Major League Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent and Joel Klein, former Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education.

AMA is the world’s leading not-for-profit, membership-based management development, research and publishing organization. AMA offers management education seminar programs and conferences and publishes many newsletters, research papers and a quarterly management journal.

Reilly previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Big Flower Holdings, Inc. (now Vertis, Inc.), a leading provider of integrated marketing and advertising services.
He was also president of The McGraw-Hill Broadcasting Company, served as Chairman of the Board of the Television Bureau of Advertising, Chairman of the Board of the Association for Maximum Service Television. He is a past Chairman of The Advertising Council, the world leader in public service advertising.

Reilly is actively involved with the USO, having served as Chairman of the Worldwide Board of Governors, and is currently on the Board of the USO Metropolitan New York. He is a member of the North American Advisory Board of the UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business in Dublin;  a member of the U.S. Advisory Board of IESE Business School-University of Navarra; the U. S. Chairman of British North American Committee and editor of the newly published book, “AMA Business Boot Camp.”

Public opinion polls show that in every sector of society, civility has declined, and this decline is manifested in political attacks, lack of personal decency, outrage in the media and cyber-assaults in the blogosphere.
Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia is hopeful that the series of talks will spur thoughtful discussion and serve as encouragement to act in the spirit of the lecture series. “I cannot think of a more fitting venue for such a dialogue to take place than our great city of Stamford, a true cross-section of the fabric of American life,” he said.

“The series is my personal call to make Stamford the most civil city in America,” said Pavia, “and I know it is one that we can answer.”

“The need for civility in America extends to every sector, not just politics and the media. There is also a great need for civility in our daily interactions, particularly in the workplace,” said Robert L. Dilenschneider of Darien, founder and president of the Dilenschneider Group, a strategic communications firm.

Scheduled speakers for the Civility in America series include:

Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, 6 pm -- Civility in Education: Joel Klein, former Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education and currently CEO of Amplify and EVP/Office of the Chairman at News Corporation.

March 2013 -- Fay Vincent, former Commissioner of Major League Baseball, a position he served in from 1989-1992.

April 2013 -- Allan Goodman, president and CEO, Institute of International Education, which conducts research on international academic mobility and administers the Fulbright program sponsored by the United States Department of State. Dr. Goodman has authored several books on international affairs and was previously executive dean of the School of Foreign Service and professor at Georgetown University.

For information about the series, call (203) 977-5115.