AMHERST, Mass. – Best-selling business authors Jack and Suzy Welch will be giving a talk and signing copies of their new book, “The Real-Life MBA: Your No-BS Guide to Winning The Game, Building a Team, and Growing Your Career,” at Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Tuesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. in the events hall, room 160. The event is free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase.
Welch is a prominent UMass Amherst alumnus and supporter of the university. A native of Salem, he earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from UMass Amherst in 1957 and his master’s and doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois in 1960.
Welch served as chairman and chief executive officer of General Electric (GE) from 1981-2001. During his 20 years of leadership in this position, Welch increased the value of the company from $13 billion to several hundred billion.
Welch and his wife, Suzy, are the authors of “Winning,” a No. 1 Wall Street Journal and international bestseller. In 2001, he wrote his No.1 New York Times and also international best-selling autobiography, “Jack: Straight from the Gut.” He and Suzy Welch currently write a biweekly business column for several Thomson Reuters digital platforms and for Fortune magazine. From 2005-09, they wrote a column, “The Welch Way,” for Business Week magazine, which was also published by the New York Times syndicate, where it appeared in 45 worldwide newspapers with more than 8 million readers.
Suzy Welch, best-selling author, popular television commentator and noted business journalist, is the author of the New York Times bestseller “10-10-10: A Life Transforming Idea.” The book, which presents a powerful decision-making strategy for success at work and in parenting, love and friendship, was published in 29 countries.
Born in Portland, Ore., Suzy Welch earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University before joining The Miami Herald as a reporter. She left daily journalism to attend Harvard Business School, where she graduated as a Baker Scholar in 1988. Suzy joined the Harvard Business Review in 1995 and was named editor-in-chief in 2001. During her tenure at HBR, Suzy Welch was the author of numerous articles on leadership, change, creativity and organizational behavior, as well as the contributor to several books on management.
Welch recently launched the “Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University,” a unique online MBA and certificate program aimed at giving students globally and at every career level the tools to transform their lives and the organizations of the future.
Jack and Suzy Welch have lifetime giving of more than $8 million to the university. Their giving has been centered on the John and Grace Welch Endowed Scholarship for students from Salem High School. Jack and Suzy Welch also established Scholar Funds in Engineering and Management. Jack Welch also donated to the Jack & Suzy Welch Reasons to Give Scholarships in Chemical Engineering. General Electric established the Jack Welch Scholars program, which provides full scholarships for students studying engineering or management.