The Ten Years Hence speaker series explores issues, ideas, and trends likely to affect business and society over the next decade. Students, faculty and the community use guest speaker comments as a springboard for structured speculation about emerging issues and the next ten years.

Ten Years Hence is sponsored by the O'Brien-Smith Leadership Program made possible by a generous endowment from William H. O'Brien (ND '40) and his wife, Dee.  The program is named after their respective parents. The O’Brien-Smith Program endowment provides an opportunity for students and faculty to interact with distinguished leaders from business, government, and non-profit sectors.


How to Future-Proof yourself for Tomorrow’s Workplace

by Dr. Karie Willyerd, Workplace Futurist, Success Factors, a subsidiary of SAP
February 5, 2016

Karie is a Workplace Futurist at SuccessFactors, an SAP human capital software company.

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How innovation will impact the recruitment, development and incentivize employees

by Viv Goldstein, Director, Innovation Acceleration, GE, Co-Founder, FastWorks
February 19, 2016

Viv Goldstein is Director, Innovation Acceleration, GE. She is the co-founder of FastWorks, a platform that applies entrepreneurial tools, processes and culture across GE.

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Transformational Change in Healthcare: What it means for you, for business and for the government

by Elizabeth Heller Allen, Senior Vice President, External Affairs, The MetroHealth System
February 26, 2016

Elizabeth Allen is an experienced multi-industry communications and marketing/branding executive with Fortune 100, growing Fortune 500 companies and not-for-profit healthcare organizations.  Her special expertise is with CEOs who were game changers in their industry or who wanted to significantly transform market position and perception.

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The Evolution of Communication at Target

by Dustee Tucker Jenkins, Senior Vice President, Communications, Target
March 18, 2016

Dustee Tucker Jenkins is senior vice president of communications at Target. She joined the company in 2010. 

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Managing Careers in a Disruptive Age

by Richard Marshall, Global Managing Director, Corporate Affairs Center of Expertise, Korn Ferry
April 1, 2016

Richard S. Marshall is the Global Managing Director of the Corporate Affairs Center of Expertise at Korn Ferry based out of the New York and San Francisco offices.

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by George Logothetis, Chairman & CEO, Libra Group
April 8, 2016

George Logothetis is Chairman and CEO of the Libra Group, an international business group comprising 30 subsidiaries active in 35 countries across six continents.

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Internet of Things and the Future of Work

by Bill Chamberlin, Principal Analyst, IBM Corporate Market Research & Member, IBM Academy of Technology
April 22, 2016

Bill Chamberlin is Principal Analyst, IBM Corporate Market Research and Member, IBM Academy of Technology.

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Ten Years Hence Schedule

Lectures are held on selected Fridays from:

  • 10:40 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.
  • Jordan Auditorium of the Mendoza College of Business

"Ten Years Hence" is listed as BAUG 30210 or MBGR 60210, and is open to all Notre Dame undergraduate and graduate students and employees.
There are no prerequisites to enroll.

No examinations or graded assignments. Students must attend all lectures in order to receive credit for the course; no excused or unexcused absences.

There are no required textbook purchases for this course.

See your academic advisor or your department chair for additional details.

The public and media are welcomed.


Jean Meade
Phone: (574) 631-3277