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The Robins Executive Speaker Series invites national and international business leaders to present keynote speeches to an audience of students, faculty and community members. Select students are invited to a roundtable discussion with the speakers, giving them a unique opportunity to meet notable business leaders one-on-one. This series is funded in part by a grant given by the Manville Foundation for Private Enterprise. 

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Loretta Mester, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Loretta Mester, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland gave the annual Watts Lecture as the final event of the 2016-2017 Robins Executive Speaker Series. She shared her insights on the Federal Reserve and how it affects the current U.S. economy.

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Greg Grilliot, Amazon

In our first Robins Executive Speaker Series event of 2017, Amazon Fulfillment General Manager Greg Grilliot spoke to students about the changing environment of online shopping and delivery. He gave an example by placing an Amazon Prime Now order at the beginning of his talk, and it arrived within 28 minutes.

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Andrew Clyde, Murphy USA Inc.

Andrew Clyde, president & chief executive officer of Murphy USA Inc., discussed leadership and shared insights from his career. Mr. Clyde joined Murphy in 2013 to lead its spin-off from the Murphy Oil Corp.

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Brian Shepard, United Network for Organ Sharing

Brian Shepard, CEO of United Network for Organ Sharing, shares insights from his career at the non-profit organization.

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The Word on Wall Street (September 29, 2016)

The panel of financial management experts will speak about their experiences in this important and highly visible realm and the state of the U.S. financial climate. Moderated by Paul Queally, R’86, co-president of Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe.

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Lenore Vassil, B'88, WeWork

Lenore Vassil, B'88, Vice President of Technology Services at WeWork, spoke as part of the Robins Executive Speaker Series at the Robins School of Business.

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The Word on Wall Street (February 25, 2016)

Presenter Paul Queally R'86, co-president of Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, moderates a panel of Wall Street executives, inviting questions from the audience on the state of the U.S. financial climate. (RESS 05)

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Women on Wall Street

Women on Wall Street unites a group of women with ties to Wall Street to discuss career and personal issues in the face of a rapidly changing business landscape. RESS 06

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Dave Rosenbaum, '96, Universal's Illumination Entertainment

Dave Rosenbaum, '96, Vice President of Talent at Universal's Illumination Entertainment, delivered a talk titled, "The Hollywood Blockbuster: the big business of the arts," during which he shared insights from his career in the film industry.

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Josh Abramson, '03, CollegeHumor, Vimeo and TeePublic

Josh Abramson, '03, Co-founder of CollegeHumor, Vimeo and TeePublic, shared insights about his entrepreneurial journey and his personal experiences during an on-stage interview with Dean Nancy Bagranoff.

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Patrick Pichette, Google

Patrick Pichette, former Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Google, discussed the company's phenomenal growth and shared insights from his career in the technology industry.

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Marc Randolph, Netflix

Marc Randolph, co-founder and former CEO of Netflix, spoke in the Booker Hall of Music’s Camp Concert Hall for the most highly attended Robins Executive Speaker Series event ever held. He shared his insights on founding a major company, and helping young entrepreneurs succeed in Silicon Valley.

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2016 - 2017 Presenters
Paul QueallyWord on Wall Street
September 29, 2016
Brian ShepardUnited Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)
October 19, 2016
Andrew ClydeMurphy USA
November 10, 2016
Greg GrilliotAmazon
January 24, 2017
Marc RandolphNetflix
February 22, 2017
Loretta MesterFederal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
March 21, 2017

Registration and Contact

Robins Executive Speaker Series events are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Each event in the series features a lecture at 6pm followed by a reception.

For more information, contact:
Andi Minor, Special Events Manager
(804) 289-8813