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Kenneth Langone Speaks to Langone MBA Students at Inaugural Speaker Series Event

Kenneth Langone Speaks to Langone MBA Students at Inaugural Speaker Series Event

You’re here at night because you want to succeed, you want to win.  --Kenneth Langone

Kenneth Langone (MBA ’60), founder and CEO of Invemed and co-founder of Home Depot, joined Langone MBA students for the inaugural 2013-2014 Langone Speaker Series event. Professor Charlie Murphy moderated the discussion, beginning with a one-on-one interview and followed by an open Q&A session with students.

“A great leader gets people to do so much more than they thought they could,” said Mr. Langone to a packed auditorium of Langone MBAs. Mr. Langone spoke candidly on a variety of topics including successes, failures, ethics, governance and generational theft. Specifically, he advised:
  • Failures, not successes, show your true character
  • You can never be too honest or have too many friends
  • Believe in yourself, if you really want to succeed
  • Don’t burn bridges; create a respectable reputation
  • Always dream big
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Mr. Langone is Vice Chariman, NYU Trustees and Vice Chairman, Stern Board of Overseers. The Langone Program is named in his honor.