Wharton Leadership Lecture featuring John Sculley, WG ’63, Former Apple CEO, bestselling author and investor.
Lecture topic : Lessons learned from a disruptive innovator and implications for entrepreneurial capitalism
John Sculley is the legendary CEO who was recruited from Pepsi to Apple by Steve Jobs with the now famous question, “Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or come with me and change the world”. At that time, Steve Jobs had a vision for a transformational personal computer to be called Macintosh, that Steve Jobs was designing for non-technical people who would be able to do amazing creative tasks. John Sculley was Apple CEO for 10 years leading Apple to become the largest selling hardware PC in the world and the most profitable computer company in 1992.
Over the past decade, John Sculley has reinvented himself around a ‘noble cause’ of reimagining the US healthcare system, how significantly lower costs can be achieved that will make the US healthcare system sustainable, and digital disruption can help offer better care to patients with complex chronic diseases.
John Sculley will talk about lessons he has learned as a disruptive innovation business leader; his insights about entrepreneurial capitalism today, and the future of the exponential time society.
John and his wife Diane together manage their family office.
John Sculley is a 1963 Wharton MBA graduate. He has also been awarded 10 honorary PhDs and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.