Mendoza School of Business

Dean’s Speaker Series

Mendoza Dean’s Speaker Series features senior executives and other experts who discuss emerging issues affecting business and society. The series is sponsored by the Eugene Clark Distinguished Lecture Series endowment.

Find the schedule for the new Dean’s Speaker Series below.

Please contact Jean Meade with any questions.



Feb. 25
11am – 12pm
Jordan Auditorium
A Conversation with Marcus Freeman, the Dick Corbett Head Football Coach

Freeman was announced as the 30th head coach in the history of Notre Dame Football on December 3, 2021. He first joined Notre Dame in 2021 as the defensive coordinator, and previously served as a defensive coach at the University of Cincinnati, Purdue University and Kent State.

As a college player, Freeman was a four-year letter winner for Ohio State from 2004 to 2008, helping to lead the Buckeyes to four conference titles, three BCS bowls and two trips to the national title game. His NFL career included playing for the Chicago Bears, the Buffalo Bills and the Houston Texans.

He graduated from Ohio State in 2007 and returned to the classroom to earn his master’s degree in sports management from Ohio State in 2011. Freeman and his wife, Joanna, have six children: Vinny, Siena, Gino, Nico, Capri and Rocco.


1pm – 2pm
Jordan Auditorium

For 33 seasons, which included two national championships, Muffet McGraw patrolled the sidelines as the Karen & Kevin Keyes Family Notre Dame women’s basketball head coach. McGraw hoisted the NCAA national championship trophy in both 2001 and 2018 – becoming the sixth different women’s basketball head coach to win multiple NCAA titles.

McGraw was the 13th female coach inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017. She had previously been inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014

Her legendary career included an impressive 936 career wins (ranks sixth all-time among Division I coaches), including 848 at Notre Dame. During the 2018-19 season, McGraw became the fourth-fastest coach to reach the 900-win milestone.

Coach McGraw led the Irish to seven NCAA title game appearances (2001, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2019), including six in her last decade of coaching. Meanwhile, her nine Final Four appearances rank as the fifth most all-time. All-in-all, McGraw’s teams have qualified for 26 NCAA Tournaments, earning 67 tournament wins along the way.

A four-time National Coach of the Year winner and seven-time Conference Coach of the Year, McGraw won 25 total combined conference regular season and tournament championships. In addition, she has collected 174 wins against ranked opponents with 66 coming against top-10 teams.

McGraw is one of just five coaches in NCAA Division I history with over 930 wins, nine Final Fours and multiple NCAA championships — others are Summitt, Auriemma, VanDerveer and Duke men’s coach Mike Krzyzewski.

McGraw remains active in the South Bend community. Whether it’s organizing food drives throughout the area or teaching her Sports Leadership class in Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. In addition, she joined ACC Network as a basketball analyst.


Tom Mendoza
Retired Vice Chairman, NetApp Inc.

“Building a Vibrant Workplace Culture in Good Times and Bad”
Friday, September 13
11:00am – 12:00pm
Mendoza College of Business, Jordan Auditorium

Joe Ucuzoglu
Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte

“A bigger impact: The promise of professional services in the 4th Industrial Revolution”
Friday, October 11
11:00am – 12:00pm
Mendoza College of Business, Jordan Auditorium



Robert Jackson
Commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Friday, November 22
Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Mendoza College of Business, Jordan Auditorium

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