Mendoza School of Business

What’s trending: Mendoza College lecture series looks at major developments in next decade

Published: January 20, 2014 / Author: Carol Elliott

Years Hence
, a signature lecture series of the Mendoza College of
at the University
of Notre Dame
, will cover future developments in industries ranging from
oil and gas, to efforts to bring about global peace, to IBM’s Watson and the
age of supercomputers, during the 2014 event.

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 schedule is as follows:

Jan. 31:
Robert Schleckser, vice president and treasurer for Exxon Mobil Corp., who
earned his received his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Notre Dame in
1978, and has worked for Exxon in a number of leadership roles during his
35-year career

Feb. 7:
Lloyd Adams, chief operating officer for SAP Americas’ Regulated Industries,
who earned his bachelor’s and MBA degrees from Notre Dame and now holds key
responsibilities for core operations, pipeline development and demand
management, and revenue growth and acceleration for SAP

Feb. 21:
Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson, superintendent of the U.S. Force Academy and
previous deputy chief of staff for Operations and Intelligence, Supreme
Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, North Atlantic Treaty Organization

March 21:
John Gordon, vice president of Marketing & Strategy IBM’s Watson Solutions
Division, who is a Notre Dame undergraduate alumni with degrees in Philosophy
and Computer Applications, as well as an MBA from the University of Texas at
Austin. Gordon develops the end-to-end business model for transforming the
innovations created by IBM Watson into a strategic set of industry solutions

·        April 4:
Shibley Telhami, the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the
University of Maryland, College Park, and non-resident senior fellow at the
Saban Center at the Brookings Institution

April 11:
Michael Merk, director of Corporate Communications for Steelcase Inc., the
global leader in the office furniture industry

April 25:
Jon Freedman, global government affairs leader for GE Power & Water, Water
& Process Technologies, who monitors and shapes domestic and international
water policies and helps GE Power & Water develop technology collaborations
with government entities

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 Office of the Dean, at (574) 631-3277 or


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