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'Follow your heart; be a learner,' says GE's Jeffrey Immelt

Jeffrey R. Immelt, chairman and CEO of General Electric Co., spoke to a capacity audience in Call Auditorium, Nov. 12, during a daylong visit to Cornell.

Immelt's talk, geared toward MBA students, was also simulcast to five other business schools: Columbia University, Indiana University, University of Texas-Austin (McCombs), University of Michigan (Ross) and Duke University (Fuqua). Among other things, he had this advice for MBA students about to enter careers: "Follow your heart, be a learner, have courage and care about people."

Earlier during his visit, Immelt met with College of Engineering Dean Kent Fuchs, Vice Provost for Research Robert Buhrman and Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations Abby Westervelt. Immelt also attended presentations on such technologies being developed at Cornell as biosensors and photovoltaics, and attended a General Electric reception for Cornell students at the Biotechnology Building.

Immelt's talk can be viewed through CornellCast at

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