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George Sparks

George Sparks  

George Sparks has been the President/CEO of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science since November 2004.

Prior to his post in Denver, he was a management consultant with NorthStone Group in Louisville, CO. He spent 24 years in the electronics measurement business at Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies, a 1999 spin-off from HP. Mr. Sparks was General Manager for several HP divisions from 1987-1999, eventually leading a division of 1800 people worldwide. His career included marketing, sales, and general management of global businesses in software, systems, and services. Prior to joining Hewlett-Packard, Mr. Sparks spent 9 years in the Air Force as a pilot and as an Assistant Professor of Aeronautics at the USAF Academy.

Mr. Sparks’ passion is educational public policy, particularly around science and math. He is a member of Colorado Concern and the Colorado Forum, and is on the Boards of the Denver Foundation, Colorado Legacy Foundation, Tointon Institute, Mountain States Employers Council, Rose Community Foundation’s Education Committee, Colorado Bright Beginnings (Emeritus) and the Public Education and Business Coalition (Emeritus). He is also on the United States Committee of the International Council of Museums.

Mr. Sparks is a Distinguished Graduate of the USAF Academy with a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering, and also holds an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT.

 

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What is your approach to succession planning?

George Sparks, President and CEO of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, stresses the importance of creating a sustainable system that cultivates leaders.

 

How have you engaged your staff to cultivate new leaders?

George Sparks How have you engaged your staff to cultivate new leaders?

George Sparks, President and CEO of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, talks about the executive’s role in helping staff members create a plan for the future.

 

What advice would you give to leaders thinking about succession planning?

George Sparks What advice would you give to leaders thinking about succession planning?

George Sparks, President and CEO of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, suggests that leaders hire people who will push them and to openly discuss their plans for the future.