Miami Business School Lecture Series Features Top Industry Leaders

By UM News

Miami Business School Lecture Series Features Top Industry Leaders

By UM News
Speakers will share their life lessons with students and community members.

The University of Miami Business School kicks off its Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series on August 30, 2018 with an address by Steve Cahillane, chairman and CEO of the Kellogg Company.

The annual series brings to the UM campus leaders from top industries and companies in fields ranging from the news publishing world and banking to the hospitality industry. The goal of the semester-long series is to expose students and community members to the expertise of successful leaders.

Dean John Quelch said that the Lecture Series has become a very popular event that packs Storer Auditorium with about 300 attendees for each session.

“Leveraging the amazing power of the Miami Business School brand, the series brings cutting-edge thought leaders and internationally known corporate executives free of charge to the U community and, indeed, to anyone in the Miami area who wants to attend,” Quelch said.

For students, the lecture series provides an opportunity to hear the life lessons of industry leaders who can serve as role models.

Besides Cahillane, this year’s lecturers are:

August 30:Steve Cahillane, chairman and CEO of the Kellogg Company. Cahillane joined Kellogg in October 2017. He previously served as president and CEO of The Nature’s Bounty Co., the largest global pure-play manufacturer, marketer and specialty retailer of health and wellness products.

September 10: Arnold Donald, chief executive officer, Carnival Corporation. Donald has been with Carnival since 2013, previously serving as president and CEO of the Executive Leadership Council, a professional network of African-American executives of major U.S. companies.

September 24: Alexandra Villoch, president and publisher, Miami Herald Media Company. Villoch was born in Havana, Cuba, and is the first female publisher in the Herald’s history. Before being named publisher in 2014, she was national advertising director and senior vice president of advertising and marketing.

October 10:Jeffrey Dunn, president and chief executive officer, Sesame Workshop. Dunn joined the nonprofit educational organization in 2014, and previously served as president and CEO of HiT Entertainment and was COO of the Nickelodeon Networks group.

November 8: Ron Williams, chairman and chief executive officer, RW2 Enterprises,LLC. Williams was the former chairman and DEO of health insurance giant Aetna Inc., and in 2013 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a multidisciplinary policy research center.

December 4: Dave Burwick, president and chief executive officer, Boston Beer Company. With a track record of innovation and business success, Burwick, before joining Boston Beer in 2018, previously served as president and CEO of Peet’s Coffee and president of North America for Weight Watchers.

January 17, 2019: Jaclyn Baumgarten, chief executive officer and co-founder, Boatsetter. Prior to starting the boat sharing company Boatsetter, Baumgarten founded Cruzin, Inc., America’s first fully-insured peer-to-peer boat sharing marketplace.

February 5, 2019: Brian Duperreault, president and chief executive officer, AIG. Before joining AIG in 2017, Buperreault was chairman and CEO of Hamilton Insurance Group. Early in his career he had worked at AIG for 21 years.

April 17, 2019: Ana Patricia Botin, executive chairman, Santander Group. Previously to joining the Santander Group, Botin spent time at JP Morgan, Banesto in Spain, and led Santander UK before taking her current position.

All lectures are held at Storer Auditorium, 5250 University Drive, on UM’s Coral Gables campus beginning at 6 p.m. For more information or to register to attend the series, contact Blanca Ripoll at bripoll@miami.eduor at 305-735- 3760.