Rich McKeown
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Rich McKeown

As Chief of Staff to former HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt, Rich McKeown was called upon on numerous instances to form alliances and build consensus. One such instance was in 2007, when Leavitt appointed McKeown to head a collaborative group consisting of representatives from the United States and China to negotiate new and improved safety standards for imports after various pet foods products imported from China were contaminated with melamine. In "Finding Allies, Building Alliances," Leavitt recounts the experience. With the media alerted and creating alarm throughout the nation, Leavitt wrote that he called upon Rich to lead the negotiations because he “has a high level of Collaborative Intelligence, used qualities such as abundance mentality and a principles focus as well as a transparency to keep the collaboration at a high level.” The result was a set of agreements that improved safety standards not only for food but for drugs and devices as well. “People who operate from a sense of principle tend to have high Collaborative Intelligence,” Leavitt summarized in "Finding Allies, Building Alliances." “Principle helps you see past the short-term obstacles and strive for ambitious, articulated objectives with great integrity. These qualities help people collaborate reasonably, productively, and most of all, intelligently.” Rich McKeown has demonstrated high Collaborative Intelligence throughout his career as an educator, lawyer, mediator, former Chief of Staff to Governor then Secretary Leavitt, and CEO and co-founder of Leavitt Partners. He is co-author of "Finding Allies, Building Alliances" and an expert collaborator. Audiences will find his experiences in the public and private sector interesting and entertaining, and will learn key principles to make them better collaborators and leaders.
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