Scenes From QNM Summit With Speaker Jim Collins

Many Los Alamos residents joined some 2,000 people at the 2016 Quality New Mexico Learning Summit to hear internationally renowned leadership speaker Jim Collins April 12 at Isleta Resort. From left, UNM-LA Executive Director Dr. Cindy Rooney, UNM-LA instructor Laura Loy, UWNNM Executive Director Kristy Ortega and LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus who is a new member of the QNM Board. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos National Bank is a major sponsor of the QNM Summit. LANB officials from left, Rod Pittman, Jillian Bartley, Cathe McClard, Anne Kain and CEO John Gulas. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Former LAPS Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt, center, is the superintendent of the Famington School Board and a member of the QNM Board. He is joined by his school board members at the Jim Collins event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Jim Collins draw some 2,000 people to his talk on leadership April 12 at the QNM Learning Summit at Isleta Resort. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Jim Collins receives a standing ovation following his talk on leadership April 12 at the QNM Learning Summit at Isleta Resort. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Internationally renowned leadership speaker Jim Collins drew some 2,000 people from across the region, including Los Alamos, to the 2016 QNM Learning Summit April 12-13 at Isleta Resort. Collins spoke about what makes great companies tick.

Having invested a quarter century of research into the topic, he has authored or co-authored several books that have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide:

  • Good To Great, the #1 bestseller, which examines why some companies and leaders make the leap to superior results;
  • Good To Great and the Social Sector, the companion work;
  • Built To Last, which explores how some leaders build companies that remain visionary for generations; and
  • How The Mighty Fall, which delves into how once-great companies can self-destruct; and
  • Great By Choice, which is about thriving in chaos – why some do, and others don’t – and the leadership behaviors needed in a world beset by turbulence, disruption, uncertainty, and dramatic change.

Driven by a relentless curiosity, Collins began his research and teaching career on the faculty at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992. In 1995, he founded a management laboratory in Boulder, Colo., where he conducts research and engages in Socratic dialogue with CEOs and senior leadership teams. In addition to his work in the business sector, Collins has passion for learning and teaching in the social sectors, including education, healthcare, government, faith-based organizations, social ventures, and cause-driven non-profits.

In 2012 and 2013, Collins had the honor to serve a two-year appointment as the Class of 1951 Chair for the Study of Leadership at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematical sciences and an MBA from Stanford University, and honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Colorado and the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.

Collins is an avid rock climber, with one-day ascents of the north face of Half Dome and the 3,000 foot south face of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley.

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QNM Board Member Bill Wadt of the LANL Foundation. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos National Bank’s Bob Joseph and Dara McKinney. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos National Bank’s Rod Pittman, left, and CEO John Gulas listen as speaker Jim Collins fields questions from the audience. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

QNM Board Member and CEO of Del Norte Credit Union Chuck Valenti, center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Leadership Los Alamos Co-Chair Terry Priestley. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Director Nancy Partridge and Chamber Member Services Coordinator Darla Ridilla. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ 

Los Alamos County’ employees including Parks, Recreation, Open Space Division Manager Chris Wilson and Traffic & Streets Division Manager Dan Erickson. Photo by Carol A. Clark/