Mendoza School of Business

Guest Speakers

2019 Guest Speakers

Bill Kurtis headshotSPECIAL SPEAKER: Jessica Rose
CFO and Director of Employee Ownership at the Democracy Collaborative

Frank Cahill Lecture in Business Ethics: Jessica Rose
4:00p.m., Mar. 20
Jordan Auditorium Mendoza College of Business

Jessica is a national employee ownership business strategist who focuses on the unique role of capital to drive scale. She advises cities, grant-makers, and investors on cutting-edge models to expand economic opportunity through employee ownership and is deeply involved in the research and development of innovative, on-the ground employee-owned business development and financing models.

Jessica has a background as an entrepreneur and investment analyst, holds an MBA from the University of Notre Dame, and is a Certified ESOP Fiduciary, and a Research Fellow with Rutgers University’s Institute for Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing for research into the role of capital in scaling employee ownership. She has been recognized with the 2018 Mendoza College of Business Alumni award for her work to promote socially responsible business models.

2018 Guest Speakers

Bill Kurtis headshotSPECIAL SPEAKER: BILL KURTIS
Co-Host of NPR’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me!”
Renowned Journalist, Author and Documentary Maker 

“Bill Kurtis: A Life’s Journey”
1 – 2 p.m., Feb. 8
Jordan Auditorium
Mendoza College of Business

Event is free to attend. Seating is limited!

Kurtis’ 40+ year career includes groundbreaking reporting on the use of Agent Orange in Vietnam.  He created the award-winning A&E shows Investigative Reports, Cold Case Files and American Justice, and continues to produce cable programs such as CNBC’s American Greed.

Sponsored by the Mendoza College of Business

2017 Guest Speakers

Exponential Tech: Innovation & Disruption on the Road Ahead

diamandis headshotPeter H. Diamandis
International Pioneer in Innovation
Co-Founder of Singularity University
Fortune’s “The Worlds’s 50 Greatest Leaders”

The event if free and open to the public.

September 8, 2017
4:00pm – 5:15pm

Mendoza College of Business, Jordan Auditorium

A pioneer in commercial spaceflight, Diamandis’ talk will describe the power of “exponential tech,” a phrase that refers to technology’s potential to bring about revolutionary change to business, health care, education and lifestyles in general on a global basis.  Diamandis cites the large-scale disruptions already brought about by “exponential entrepreneurs” that have created companies such as Uber, Airbnb, SpaceX and Tesla.

Sponsored by the Thomas H. Quinn Lecture Series.

The Thomas H. Quinn Lecture Series is an annual event hosted by the Mendoza College of Business to honor the Notre Dame alumnus and former member and chairman of Mendoza’s Business Advisory Council. Quinn earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Notre Dame in 1969, and was a football monogram winner and member of the 1966 national championship team. He was a managing partner and member of the Investment Committee and Management Committee of private investment firm The Jordan Company (TJC), as well as the president and chief operating officer of Chicago-based Jordan Industries Inc. Quinn passed away April 29, 2016, at the age of 68. ​The Quinn Lecture is sponsored by Notre Dame alumnus and trustee John W. “Jay” Jordan II, Quinn’s college roommate, longtime friend and business partner.

Peter H. Diamandis Biography

Dr. Peter H. Diamandis is an international pioneer in the fields of innovation, incentive competitions and commercial space. In 2014 he was named one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” – by Fortune Magazine.

In the field of Innovation, Diamandis is Founder and Executive Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, best known for its $10 million Ansari XPRIZE for private spaceflight. He is also the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Singularity University, a graduate-level Silicon Valley institution that studies exponentially growing technologies, their ability to transform industries and solve humanity’s grand challenges.

Diamandis is the New York Times Bestselling author of Abundance – The Future Is Better Than You Think and BOLD – How to go Big, Create Wealth & Impact the World.

He earned an undergraduate degree in Molecular Genetics and a graduate degree in Aerospace Engineering from MIT, and received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School.

In the field of commercial space, Diamandis is Co-Founder/Co- Chairman of Planetary Resources, a company designing spacecraft to enable the detection and prospecting of asteroid for precious materials. He is also the Co-Founder of Space Adventures and Zero-Gravity Corporation.Diamandis’ mission is to open the space frontier for humanity. His personal motto is: “The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself.”

In 2016, the Greek Government honored him by issuing a 1.2 Euro stamp into circulation. Also in 2016, the book How to Make a Spaceship – A Band of Renegades, an Epic Race, and the Birth of Private Spaceflight, Peter’s biography and the story of the XPRIZE was written by Julian Guthrie with a Foreword by Richard Branson and an Afterword by Prof. Stephen Hawking.

Citizenship in a Global Age

koehlerHorst Koehler
former President of the Federal Republic of Germany
Former Managing Director of the IMF
Personal Envoy of the United Nations
Secretary-General for Western Sahara

September 6, 2017
5:30pm

Mendoza College of Business, Jordan Auditorium

Sponsored by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study with additional support from the College of Arts and Letters, the Keough School of Global Affairs, the Mendoza College of Business, and Notre Dame Research​.

2017 Frank Cahill Lecture in Business Ethics and the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. Award

April 25, 2017
4:00pm

Mendoza College of Business, Jordan Auditorium

The Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business is hosting the 2017 Frank Cahill Lecture in Business Ethics and the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. Award.

The Cahill Lecture, which will be a panel discussion on ethical issues faced by recent business school graduates, will be followed by the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. Award. Cummins, Inc. (acceptance by Tom Linebarger, Chairman and CEO of Cummins, Inc.) will be honored with the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. Award.

Lecture is free and open to the public.

Leadership Principles: How to be Successful Every Day

Major General Seamands headshotMajor General Thomas C. Seamands
Commanding General, U.S. Army Human Resources Command

April 19, 2017
6:15pm – 7:30pm

Mendoza College of Business, Jordan Auditorium

Major General Seamands assumed his current assignment as the Commanding General of U.S. Army Human Resources Command in June 2015. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from the University of Dayton and was commissioned through the ROTC program into the Adjutant General’s Corps. He is a graduate of the AG Officer Basic Course, AG Officer Advanced Course, and the Army Command and General Staff College. He attained a Master of Science Degree in Management from Webster University, was the Army’s Leadership and Management Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and a Fellow at MIT’s Seminar XXI: Foreign Politics, International Relations and the National Interest.

Lecture is free and open to the public.

“Kevin O’Leary of Shark Tank
ABC TV show “Shark Tank” and chairman of O’Shares Investments”

kevin headshot

Kevin O’Leary of the ABC TV show “Shark Tank” will make a return appearance to the University of Notre Dame to speak at Mendoza College of Business. O’Leary will discuss what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur, and also judge business case pitches by three teams of Notre Dame student entrepreneurs. January 30, 2017
5pm – 6:15pm

Mendoza College of Business, Jordan Auditorium

Sponsored by the Mendoza College of Business, The Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship and
The Eugene Clark Distinguished Lecture Series

2016 Guest Speakers

“Top Trends in Marketing and Selling to Women”

Bridget Brennan headshotApril 14, 2016 by Bridget Brennan, CEO, Female Factor and Author, Why She Buys

4pm – 5pm
Mendoza College of Business, Room 161

As society shifts, so does the practice of marketing and selling to women. Attendees will gain a broader perspective on how insights related to women’s consumer behavior can inform smarter decision-making for companies.

Refreshments Provided

Sponsored by GeNDer Studies Program
Co-Sponsored by Boehnen Fund for Excellence, Eugene B. Clark Distinguished Lecture Series, Mendoza College of Business

Experts invited by departments and centers in the Mendoza College of Business to speak to students, faculty and the public on a broad range of topics.

Bridget Brennan is the world’s leading expert on marketing and selling to women. She is the CEO of strategic consultancy, Female Factor and the Author of Why She Buys. Brennan is a contributing writer for Forbes on women consumers, and speaks globally on the subject. She was recently named a “Woman to Watch in Retail Disruption” for 2016 by Remodista, and is currently at work on her second book. Brennan is based in Chicago, the headquarters of Female Factor.

2016 Frank Cahill Lecture in Business Ethics and the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. Award

March 29, 2016
4-5:30 p.m. 

Jordan Auditorium, Mendoza College of Business

The Center for Ethics and Religious Values in Business is hosting the 2016 Frank Cahill Lecture in Business Ethics and the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. Award.

The Cahill Lecture, which will be a panel discussion on ethical issues faced by recent business school graduates, will be followed by the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. Award. ECOLAB INC., (acceptance by Douglas Baker, Chairman and CEO of ECOLAB INC.) will be honored with the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C. Award.

2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
The American presidency and the international economy

baker headshotGerard Baker, Editor in Chief, The Wall Street Journal 

March 14, 2016
5 p.m. 

Mendoza College of Business Jordan Auditorium

What impact will the U.S. elections have on the world? Hear Gerry Baker discuss his perspective on issues ranging from politics to the global marketplace.

Baker is a veteran journalist who covered financial and economic issues for the BBC, Financial Times and The Times of London. He also served as moderator for the Republican Primary Debate hosted by Fox Business Network.

Prior to his appointment as Editor in Chief, Mr. Baker served as Deputy Editor in Chief of The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires, with responsibilities across the full spectrum of the company’s journalism, including the print and digital editions of the Journal as well as Newswires.

Before joining the Journal, Mr. Baker was the U.S. Editor and an Assistant Editor of The Times of London, where he wrote news and commentary for Britain’s longest continuously published newspaper and oversaw U.S. coverage for the paper and online editions.

From 1994 to 2004, Mr. Baker worked for the Financial Times, first as Tokyo Correspondent, where he wrote about the country’s financial crisis, and then, from 1998 to 2002, as Washington Bureau Chief, where he led a team of 10 correspondents and provided extensive reporting and analysis of the Federal Reserve. From 2002 to 2004, he was the FT’s Chief U.S. Commentator and an Associate Editor.

Before joining the FT, Mr. Baker worked for the BBC from 1988 to 1994, as a producer, then as U.S. producer, and finally as Economics Correspondent for TV and radio.

In addition to the Journal, the FT, The Times and the BBC, Mr. Baker’s work has appeared in many other publications, and he has been a frequent television and radio contributor in the UK, the U.S. and around the world.

Mr. Baker started his working life in the financial sector, first as an analyst at the Bank of England, then as an economist at Lloyds Bank in the City of London.

He was educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University, where he graduated in 1983 with a First Class Honours Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.


Sponsored by the Eugene Clark Distinguished Lecture Series and the Mendoza College of Business