Malcolm Gladwell Speaks at HPU as Part of Cultural Enrichment Series

HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 2, 2011 – Malcolm Gladwell, one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and author of four New York Times bestsellers, recently spoke at High Point University as part of the university Cultural Enrichment Series.

Gladwell, whose first book, “The Tipping Point” has been a BusinessWeek bestseller since it was published in February 2000, spoke at two separate university events.

The first was a Business and Leadership Forum for members of PTP Next, a group of young professionals and business leaders in the Triad. The forum featured Dr. Nido Qubein, president of HPU, as well as Darren Hardy, publisher and editorial director of “SUCCESS Magazine” and author of “The Compound Effect – Multiplying Your Results. One Simple Step at a Time.”

The second was a presentation for HPU students, staff and faculty members. UNC-TV also filmed a session with Gladwell and Qubein.

“Malcolm Gladwell’s visit truly provided our campus community with a tremendous opportunity to connect with a captivating individual that shared innovative ideas on how social change develops and why this is important for successful entrepreneurs,” Qubein says.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.℠ HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. HPU was selected in the 2010-2011 list of “Colleges of Distinction,” as well as one of the top green schools in the country by the Sierra Club. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 43 undergraduate minors and 10 graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at

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Pam Haynes

Communication Specialist


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