Distinguished Speaker Series

Through our Distinguished Speaker Series, we bring the most accomplished business professionals to discuss today’s most compelling business challenges.

From CEOs of multinational corporations and media conglomerates to national and state politicians, we’re bringing the brightest minds to impart their unique insights on the issues shaping business around the world.

Previous Events

Ralph Semmel, Director of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab

Sharon Marcil, Managing Director and Senior Partner at the Boston Consulting Group

Lisa Chang, Global Chief People Officer of The Coca-Cola Company

Wonya Lucas, President and CEO of Crown Media Family Networks

Will Fuller, President and CEO of Transamerica

Distinguished Speaker Series: Heath at Home

The business of health and the landscape of medical technology is rapidly evolving. On December 7th, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School holds a virtual panel discussion on the future of health care with Erin Bartley, chief operating officer at Medically Home; Sathya Elumalai, founder, president, and CEO of Aidar Health; and Bruce Leff, professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Daniel Polsky, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of health economics and policy at Johns Hopkins University, moderating.

Distinguished Speaker Series: Navigating the Supply Chain Crisis

In the lead-up to the holiday season, disruptions in the supply chain have transformed business operations and consumer behavior. On November 29th, Brant Matthews, Vice President of Global Strategic Procurement at McCormick; Dionna Dunbar-Daniel (Carey MS '14), President and CEO of Pinpoint Logistics; and Tinglong Dai, Professor of Operations Management and Business Analytics at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School joins Dean Alex Triantis for a panel discussion of the supply chain challenges facing the global economy.

Distinguished Speaker Series: Calculating Risk in an Uncertain World

Through the COVID-19 pandemic to economic crisis, to natural disasters, the insurance industry seeks to protect businesses and individuals against unpredictable events. Christopher Schaper (Carey MBA ’02), group CEO for AIG RE and an expert in the insurance and reinsurance industry, joins Dean Alex Triantis in a discussion of the intricacies of assessing risk during tumultuous and uncertain times.

Distinguished Speaker Series: The Future of Work and the Transitioning Labor Market

From telework, to flexible hours, to changes in office culture, the workplace may never be the same following the COVID-19 pandemic. Melissa Swift, an expert in the field of workplace transformation provides insights on the forces shaping the future of work and the transitioning labor market.

Distinguished Speaker Series: The Business Behind Life-Changing Innovations

Scientific discovery and innovation can revolutionize society, but they must be scalable, executable, and profitable to have an impact and provide lasting value for all. Christoph Lengauer, partner at Third Rock Ventures, and Christy Wyskiel, senior advisor to the president of Johns Hopkins University and executive director of Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures, share insights on how scientific discoveries are transformed into life-changing interventions for the benefit of humanity.

Distinguished Speaker Series: The Dramatically Changing Landscape of Health and Wellness in Organizations

Business and health are more interconnected than ever. Join our distinguished panel of chief medical executives from three Fortune 100 companies—Lockheed Martin, ExxonMobil, and Citigroup—in an engaging discussion of the strategies that organizations use to address the dramatically changing landscape of health and wellness within business and society.

Distinguished Speaker Series: Eddie Brown

With the deck stacked against him, Eddie Brown has achieved monumental success over the course of his nearly 50-year investing career. Investment legend and Baltimore Business Journal's 2020 CEO of the Year shares his rise to the top, his philanthropic dedication to Baltimore, and the importance of making room for minority success.

Distinguished Speaker Series: COVID-19 Vaccine, From Discovery to Delivery

The development and deployment of an effective vaccine for COVID-19 could be the turning point in the fight against the deadly pandemic. Join our distinguished panel of public health experts and vaccine industry executives for an engaging discussion examining every aspect of the COVID-19 vaccine from discovery to manufacturing to delivery.

Distinguished Speaker Series: Stephanie Linnartz, Group President, Marriott International

Stephanie Linnartz, Group President – Consumer Operations, Technology & Emerging Businesses at Marriott International, shares key insights on how she helped to strengthen Marriott before, during, and after the pandemic, as well as major lessons in navigating her substantial career in the hospitality industry.

Distinguished Speaker Series: Tony Wells, Chief Brand Officer, USAA

Tony Wells, the chief brand officer at USAA, spoke on November 6, 2020, discussed USAA's framework for resiliency during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the importance of corporate culture and core values in difficult times.

Distinguished Speaker Series: Women in the Workplace

Carey Business School hosted an executive panel discussion for a compelling first-look at McKinsey & Company’s highly-anticipated, annual Women in the Workplace report. The 2021 report brought breathtaking revelations about the impact of COVID-19 on gender equality in the workplace, especially as pertains to mothers, senior-level women, and Black women.

Previous Speakers (Leaders + Legends)

Elizabeth Economy

Elizabeth is the C. V. Starr senior fellow and director for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and a distinguished visiting fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. She is an acclaimed author and expert on Chinese domestic and foreign policy, writing on topics ranging from China's environmental challenges to its role in global governance. In June 2018, Dr. Economy was named one of the "10 Names That Matter on China Policy" by Politico Magazine.

Lorenzo Simonelli

Lorenzo Simonelli, President and CEO of GE Oil & Gas lead a discussion on "Fueling the Future of Business: Global Energy Challenges for the 21st Century.”

Barbara Mikulski

Former United States Senator from Maryland Barbara Mikulski addressed a host of topics ranging from women’s leadership to the economy.

Beth Comstock

Beth Comstock has held the title of chief marketing officer for General Electric since 2003, but she also describes herself as an “Innovation junkie.” Comstock explained that she sees her role at GE as a promoter and facilitator of the company’s “culture of practical innovation.”

Joe Jimenez

For Joseph Jimenez, CEO of pharmaceutical giant Novartis, one of the integral factors to his company’s success is innovation. Jimenez discussed the importance of innovation, and how Novartis has shaped its strategy around this principle, in his talk entitled “A Time for Change: The Future of Healthcare.”

Martin O'Malley

Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley discussed the role of the innovation economy and the role of the state in that. 

Wes Bush

For Northrop Grumman CEO Wes Bush, there are two keys to creating a prosperous culture of innovation within a company: discouraging risk aversion and encouraging diversity. Leaders play a key role in establishing both. According to Bush, it is incumbent upon leaders to abandon a risk averse mindset in favor of a risk management approach.