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.

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Our Energy Future: The Influence of Climate Change

by Professor Frank Incropera, H. Clifford and Evelyn A. Brosey Professor Emeritus and Matthew H. McCloskey Dean Emeritus, College of Engineering, University of Notre Dame
January 20, 2017

Professor Incropera has had a long-standing interest in basic energy sciences and has authored or co-authored 15 books and more than 200 journal articles in the field. In recent years his work has focused on technology and policy issues associated with a transition to a sustainable energy future, and he is the author of a 2016 book on Climate Change: A Wicked Problem.

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Social Enterprise for Four Changes

by Matt Manos, Founder & Managing Director, Verynice
January 27, 2017

He is the Founder of verynice, a design strategy consultancy that gives half of its work away for free to nonprofit organizations. verynice’s clientele includes Google, UNICEF, and the American Heart Association. To date, verynice has donated over $6MM worth of pro-bono services and initiatives to benefit over 400 organizations across the globe.

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Global Environmental Contextualism
An uncompromised attitude toward environmental sustainability through the study of buildings, cities, culture, and technology

by Gordon Gill, Founding Partner. Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
February 3, 2017

Gordon Gill is one of the world’s preeminent exponents of performance-based architecture. His work, which ranges from the world’s largest buildings to sustainable communities, is driven by his philosophy that there is a purposeful relationship between formal design and performance; and that there is a language of performance, which is the basis of his practice: Form Follows Performance.

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E. & J. Gallo Winery: Looking to Our Core Values of the Past & Present to Create a Sustainability Plan for the Future

by Stephanie Gallo, Vice President of Marketing, E.J. Gallo Winery
February 10, 2017

Stephanie A. Gallo is a Vice President of Marketing for E. & J. Gallo Winery of Modesto, California. The winery, co-founded by Stephanie’s grandfather Ernest and great uncle Julio 83 years ago, is now the largest family-owned winery in the world, exporting wine and spirits to 90 countries.

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Wind, Solar and Storage: A perspective from the Global Leader in Renewables

by Mike O’Sullivan, Senior Vice President, Development, NextEra Energy Resources, LLC
March 31, 2017

Michael (Mike) O’Sullivan is senior vice president of development at NextEra Energy Resources, the nation’s leader in producing electricity from clean and renewable fuels and also the world leader in producing electricity from the wind and sun.

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by Chris Walker, Director, North America, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) - LECTURE CANCELED
April 7, 2017

Since, October 2014, Chris serves as the World Business Council for Sustainable Development as the Director, North America based in New York City. As part of his role, he manages the organization’s relationship with approximately 40 Fortune 500 companies with headquarters in North America and leads WBCSD’s engagement of the Financial and ICT sectors.

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Ten (Plus) Years Hence in Energy: Meeting the Climate Change Challenge

by Gerard M. Anderson, Chairman and CEO, DTE Energy
April 21, 2017


Gerard M. Anderson is chairman and chief executive officer of DTE Energy, a Detroit based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. DTE Energy’s operating units include an electric utility serving 2.2 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan.

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Water, Energy & 21st Century Solutions

by Jon Freedman, Vice President, Global Partnerships, Government Affairs
April 28, 2017

Jon Freedman is based in Washington, DC, where he leads global partnerships and government affairs for GE’s water business. Previously, he was the project leader responsible for developing GE’s global environmental sustainability initiative now called ecomagination*. 

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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