Past Robins School of Business Speakers

The Robins School of Business is proud to host a wide variety of guests and speakers from various fields and industries of relevance to our students. These programs bring knowledgeable speakers to Queally Hall, exploring topics ranging from accounting and ethics to values and leadership. The events are free and open to the public and give students and the community an opportunity to interact with national and international business leaders.


  • Vafa Akhavan, CEO, World Pediatric Project
  • Jyot Singh, Founder & CEO, RTS Labs
  • Richard Bynum, Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer, PNC Bank
  • Paige Wilson, Founder & CEO, Naborforce
  • Mark Bezjak, President of North America, Zimmer Biolet
  • Dave Watson, President & CEO, Comcast Cable
  • Heidi Petz, President & COO, Sherwin Williams


  • Doug Lankler, General Counsel, Pfizer
  • Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBCUniversal & Streaming
  • Tom Barkin, President & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
  • Miller Brady, President, PGA TOUR Champions
  • Kristin Cavallo, CEO, Martin Agency


  • Mark Lopez, Director of Race and Ethnicity Research, Pew Research Center
  • Raul Martinez-Ostos, Barclays Mexico
  • Britta Wilson, vice president, Inclusion Strategies, Pixar Animation Studios
  • Shep Murray, co-founder, vineyard vines


  • Leigh Sewell: CEO of Bon Secours' Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community Hospital and Memorial College of Nursing
  • Mike Nelson: CEO, Global Travel and Americas at Allianz Worldwide Partners
  • DeMaurice Smith: Executive Director, NFL Players Association
  • Don Godwin: Vice President and CFO, Newport News Shipbuilding
  • Word on Wall Street: Paul Queally, R’86, led a panel for the annual Word on Wall Street, featuring Kathleen Hughes, W'89, Rob Blandford, Lou Moelchert and Herbert McDade as the final event for the 2019 Robins Executive Speaker Series.
  • Thomas Gayner: Co-CEO, Markel Corporation
  • William Lewis Jr.: Managing Director and Co-Chairman of Investment Banking, Lazard Ltd.
  • Brian Bortell: President, Chairman, and CEO, Timmons Group
  • Financial Markets Panel: Robins School of Business Executive Advisory Council Members, Kathleen Hughes, W’89, Michael Kelter, ’01, David Lyons, B’87, and Katie Stockton, ’97, discuss today’s financial markets. Moderated by Robins School of Business Dean Mickey Quiñones.