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Business Author Patrick Lencioni to Speak at SCU

Lencioni brings his acclaimed methods to area executives and the SCU community.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 19, 2018—He has sold over 5 million books and speaks to tens of thousands of leaders a year at standing-room-only events. The Wall Street Journal called him “one of the nation’s top five business speakers.”

On May 10, international speaker and New York Times best-selling author Patrick Lencioni will bring his unique brand of insight, humor, and accessibility to Santa Clara University as featured speaker for the University’s first Organizational Health Summit. Lencioni aims to inspire Silicon Valley business leaders, the SCU community, and fans with his argument that organizational health “will surpass all other disciplines in business as the greatest opportunity for improvement and competitive advantage.”

Lencioni also will shed light on the concept of “smart vs. healthy” organizations. His consulting and speaking work has led him to observe that many organizations, including those in Silicon Valley, are smart in “decision sciences” such as technology, strategy and finance, but are not as healthy as they need to be—as measured by factors like an absence of politics or low turnover—to tap their full potential.

“I am really looking forward to speaking in the heart of the Silicon Valley, and to establishing our new partnership with Santa Clara University,” said Lencioni, who has twin boys studying at Santa Clara.

The May 10 event will take place in Mayer Theatre on SCU’s campus, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, California 95053, from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. Registration information can be found at the website for the event.

It is sponsored by the Silicon Valley Executive Center in the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University.

New Partnership

In addition, the summit is expected to announce the launch of a new partnership between Lencioni’s company, The Table Group, and the Silicon Valley Executive Center in the Leavey School of Business. The aim is to create modules of Lencioni’s sought-after organizational health model, and offer them to business students as well as members of the Silicon Valley business community.

”We are looking forward to building out a full institute for organizational health,” said Dennis Lanham, executive director of the Silicon Valley Executive Center. “It will be a great addition to our executive development portfolio.”

"We see great things ahead for this partnership between Leavey School and The Table Group,” said Leavey School of Business Dean Caryn Beck-Dudley. “Patrick’s decades of experience in honing teams and organizations that thrive are a tremendous complement to our world-class education.”

Lencioni began his career at the consultant firm Bain & Co. and at Oracle, and was an executive with Sybase before turning to consulting and writing. For his talk, he will draw on material from his 2012 best seller, The Advantage, as well as his most recent 2016 book, The Ideal Team Player. He will discuss the four disciplines that must be in place for a company to achieve “organizational health”—which he defines as the intersection of operations and culture.

About The Table Group
In 1997, Patrick Lencioni and a group of colleagues founded The Table Group to introduce the concept of organizational health to the world, believing it to be the most untapped competitive advantage in business. Two decades later, that belief is being confirmed and Lencioni has sold over 5 million books that have been translated into 30 languages and has spoken to or consulted with hundreds of thousands of leaders. Today, The Table Group and a team of consultants around the world are helping CEOs from Fortune 500, mid-sized and startup and non-profits make their organizations healthier. Their products and tools are being used by leaders and practitioners who understand the power of organizational health. For more information see

About Leavey School of Business
Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, one of the most dynamic business environments in the world, the Leavey School of Business combines academic excellence in the 450-year Jesuit tradition, with an energetic, innovative spirit that typifies the region. For more information, see

About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in Californiaís Silicon Valley, offers its more than 9,000 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering; masterís degrees in business, education, counseling psychology, pastoral ministry, and theology; and law degrees and engineering doctoral degrees. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. masterís universities, Californiaís oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see

Media Contacts
Deborah Lohse | SCU Media Communications | | 408-554-5121
Amy Hiett | The Table Group | | 925-299-9702


Photo of Patrick Lencioni courtesy of The Table Group