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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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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.

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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.

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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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Tom Joyce, Knight Capital Group

Tom Joyce, former Chairman and CEO of Knight Capital Group, discussed the company's trading error of 2012 and shared insights into the lessons that can be learned from the event.

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Gary Moore, Cisco

Gary Moore, President and Chief Operating Officer of Cisco, shared insights into his more than 40-year-long career as a global technology leader and the lessons he has learned along the way.

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Bethany McLean, Co-author of "The Smartest Guys in the Room"

Bethany McLean, Co-author of "The Smartest Guys in the Room" and "All the Devils Are Here," explored the reasons business goes wrong, including human nature as a contributing factor.

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Carol Smith, Harper's BAZAAR

Carol Smith, Vice President, Publisher and Chief Revenue Officer of Harper's BAZAAR, shared her thoughts and experiences surviving and succeeding in the magazine world.

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2015 - 2016 Presenters
Patrick PichetteGoogle
October 1, 2015
Josh Abramson, '03CollegeHumor, Vimeo, TeePublic
October 15, 2015
Dave Rosenbaum, '96Illumination Entertainment
November 2, 2015
Women on Wall Street Panel
November 11, 2015
The Word on Wall StreetModerator: Paul Queally, R'86
February 25, 2016
Lenore Vassil, B'88The Torch
March 29, 2016

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