Mendoza School of Business

Notre Dame lecture series explores major global trends in the next decade

Published: January 16, 2013 / Author: Carol Elliott

A discussion of how faith, religion and the role of divinity will influence individuals’ lives, society and the economy in the coming decade will kick off the 2013 Ten Years Hence Lecture Series, which is sponsored by the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.

The annual spring series features experts in a broad range of fields and interests exploring the issues, ideas and trends likely to affect business and society in the next 10 years. The talks take place from 10:40 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. on select Fridays throughout the spring semester and are held in the Jordan Auditorium at the Mendoza College. They are free and open to the public.

The theme for the 2013 series is “social impact.” The complete schedule is as follows:

  • Jan. 18: Panel discussion featured noted Notre Dame scholars Lawrence Cunningham, Tzvi Novick and James VanderKam from the Department of Theology; and A. Rashied Omar, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
  • Feb. 8: Roxanne Spillett, former president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, one of the top 10 nonprofit organizations in the United States
  • Feb. 15: Julia Silverman, co-founder of Uncharted Play, a social entreprise that creates products and services designed to use the idea of “playing” as a tool to address societal issues
  • Feb. 22: Leo Burke, director of Notre Dame Executive Education Integral Leadership program and of the Global Commons Initiative, which emphasizes a collaborative approach to managing the world’s resources for the greater good
  • March 1: Matthew Breitfelder, managing director of human resources for BlackRock, a global investment management company
  • March 22: Ellen Gustafson, co-founder of FEED Projects and founder and executive director for the 30 Project, a new organization aimed at connecting global hunger and obesity while crowd-sourcing long-term food system change
  • April 26: Patricia Dinneen, managing director of Siguler Guff & Company, a global multi-strategy private equity investment firm with more than $10 billion in assets under management

Ten Years Hence is sponsored by the O’Brien-Smith Leadership Program, which is 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 nonprofit sectors.

For more information about the series, contact Jean Meade, project administrator for Mendoza College Marketing Communications, at (574) 631-3277 or


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