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.

Upcoming Events

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

Friday, November 6, 2020
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m EST



Previous Events

Distinguished Speaker Series: Women in the Workplace Executive Panel Discussion

In partnership with McKinsey & Company
Monday, October 5, 2020


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.

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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.”

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Barbara Mikulski

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

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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.”

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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.”

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Martin O'Malley

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

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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.

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