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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.