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What makes leaders effective in an environment that is rapidly changing, volatile, and unpredictable? And what makes those effective leaders get the most out of life?


There is a strange phenomenon in innovation and business growth. To make a splash in the marketplace, an entrepreneur or business must think outside the box, creating an innovative product or service that consumers demand but is not offered by existing companies. Yet, once that business finds success and cultivates a lucrative consumer base, the company is limited in how innovative it can continue to be. This is the “Legacy Trap.”


James Slutz

Foundation Fellow

President and Managing Director, Global Energy Strategies LLC

James Slutz is the President and Managing Director of Global Energy Strategies LLC, focusing on energy project development (oil, gas and geothermal) and technology commercialization, primarily with oil and gas environmental applications.  

Slutz serves on the Advisory Boards of Hart Energy Publishing, the Canada Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars, and the University of Southern California’s Center for Geothermal Studies. Slutz is also a Distinguished Associate of FACTS Global Energy.

Prior to founding Global Energy Strategies, Slutz served as Assistant Secretary of Energy in the United States. In that position, he was the executive responsible for leading the Office of Fossil Energy which includes the coal, oil, and natural gas business lines in the Department of Energy. He also oversaw the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve and served as the primary policy advisor to the Secretary on fossil energy issues. Slutz previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oil and Natural Gas.  

Prior to joining DOE, Slutz served as the Indiana Oil and Gas Director, regulating the State’s upstream oil and gas industry.  

He holds an MBA degree from The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business, and a B.S. degree from The Ohio State University, School of Natural Resources.