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The CEOs of Avon, Skywest Airlines and Huntsman Chemical will join the director of the National Science Foundation and the co-author of the book "In Search of Excellence" as speakers at the annual Human Resources Seminar, Thursday, Jan. 18, and Friday, Jan. 19, at Utah State University.

Joining them as speakers at the seminar, sponsored by the College of Business' Partners in Business, will be several other business and government leaders.The seminar begins Thursday, Jan. 18 at 8:30 a.m. with a talk by Robert Waterman, co-author of "In Search of Excellence," author of "The Renewal Factor" and head of his own business research and writing firm.

Erich Bloch, director of the National Science Foundation and a former vice president with IBM, will speak at 10 a.m. about people as a strategic investment. He will be followed at 11:30 by Margaret Gayle, president of her own consulting firm, Triangle Management Group.

Jon Huntsman, head of America's largest privately-held chemical firm, looks at opportunities disguised as problems in his 12:30 p.m. address.

James Preston, CEO of Avon Products, speaks Friday at 8:30 a.m.

John Stepp, U.S. undersecretary of labor, and William Hoglund, executive vice president of automotive components, power products and defense operations for General Motors, will speak at an 11:30 a.m. session Friday.

Jerry Atkin, who runs SkyWest and its subsidiaries, and Susan Mooney, president of Savage Manufacturing, a Utah County truck manufacturer, close out the seminar in a 1 p.m. session Friday.

Douglas Anderson, founder and managing partner of the Center for Executive Development, will speak about education as a tool for competitiveness at a 1:45 p.m. luncheon Thursday.

Lawrence Klein, business professor and founder of Wharton Econometric Associates, will give an address on the role of productivity growth in U.S. economic prospects at a working social dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Stepp will look at labor relations for a global economy in a talk at 11:30 a.m. Friday.

Klein will also participate in one of three concurrent panel discussions at 9:30 a.m. Friday. The subjects for these discussions will be the changing workforce, benefit programs for the '90s and human resource development.

Thursday, concurrent panel discussions will take place at 3:30 p.m. Subjects covered will be high impact training, revitalizing leadership in bureaucratic organizations and recruiting and retaining high-tech personnel.