At Goizueta Business School, we place great value on real-world experience. That’s why I’m pleased to bring some of the best corporate officers into our building each semester to address students as Dean's Speakers.
In the coming months Goizueta will welcome thought-provoking leaders known for their management style and accomplishments. I hope you are able to join us for one of these great discussions.
Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., president and chief executive officer of TIAA-CREF, and Larry Benveniste, the John H. Harland Dean, will engage in a wide-ranging discussion covering such topics as the current economic landscape, the demographic changes reshaping our nation, and the challenges we now face in funding retirement and other financial goals. They will consider what steps individuals can take to better ensure their own lifelong financial security in the current environment. TIAA-CREF has evolved from a national pension fund to a high profile asset management firm with $502 billion in AUM. Previously, Mr. Ferguson served as vice chairman of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System.
New York Times bestselling author Daniel Pink gave a humorous talk focusing on the evolution of sales, the role of motivation in selling, and his latest book titled To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others. Pink pointed to the misconceptions associated with sales and blamed the prior lack of research in the field. He also complimented Goizueta for offering sales classes, which he described as a rarity at many top business schools.
Chief Investment Strategist, Morgan Stanley Global Wealth Management Group
WHEN: Jan. 26, 2012
Darst is currently employed at Morgan Stanley in the position of Chief Investment Strategist of Global Wealth Management Group. David is a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley. He serves as Chairman of the Asset Allocation Committee, with responsibility for Asset Allocation and Investment Strategy, and was the founding President of the Morgan Stanley Investment Group. He joined Morgan Stanley in 1996 from Goldman Sachs, where he served as a Senior Executive within the Equities Division and earlier, for six years as Resident Manager of their Private Bank in Zurich. He is the author of four books.
Director, McKinsey-Atlanta, Head of Strategy Practice for the Americas
WHEN: Feb. 21, 2012
In his 24 years with the Firm, much of Viguerie's work has focused on helping companies develop strategies for growth and renewal. He serves clients in a wide range of industries, including telecommunications and technology, airlines, agricultural equipment, and healthcare. Viguerie is widely published on topics of strategy and competition and is co-author of The Granularity of Growth, which focuses on how large companies can sustain growth and performance. He is also author of a number of articles in the Harvard Business Review, including “Is Your Growth Strategy Flying Blind?,” “Strategy Under Uncertainty,” “Deals Without Delusions,” and “The Faster They Fall.” His work is also featured in the Harvard Business Review books Managing in the New Economy and On Managing Uncertainty. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an A.B. in Computer Science from Dartmouth College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Rep. John Lewis
WHEN: Feb. 24, 2012 at 7th Annual Diverse Leadership Conference
Born the son of sharecroppers on Feb. 21, 1940, outside of Troy, Ala., Lewis grew up on his family's farm and attended segregated public schools in Pike County, Alabama. As a young boy, he was inspired by the activism surrounding the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., which he heard on radio broadcasts. In those pivotal moments, he made a decision to become a part of the Civil Rights Movement. Ever since then, he has remained at the vanguard of progressive social movements and the human rights struggle in the United States.
Helene D. Gayle MD, MPH
President and CEO of CARE USA
WHEN: March 22, 2012
Gayle is president and CEO of CARE USA, a leading international humanitarian organization with approximately 10,000 staff whose poverty fighting programs reached 82 million people last year in 87 countries. Since joining CARE in 2006, Dr. Gayle has led efforts to reinforce CARE's commitment to empowering girls and women to bring lasting change to poor communities. Under her leadership, CARE has strengthened its focus on long term impact, increased policy and advocacy efforts and deepened connections between poverty and the environment.
Former CEO of Coca-Cola
WHEN: April 24, 2012
Isdell served as Chief Executive Officer of The Coca-Cola Company from June 1, 2004 to July 1, 2008 and Chairman of the Board from June 1, 2004 to April 22, 2009. During Mr. Isdell time with The Coca-Cola, he led the way in embedding sustainability throughout every facet of the organization and helping ensure its role as a community-connected twenty-first century enterprise. He is the author of a new book, which releases this fall.
In 2010-2011 we welcomed Newell Rubbermaid CEO Mark Ketchum, who spoke of company-wide metamorphosis and Army Lt. Gen. Ken Keen, who led the military relief effort in post-earthquake Haiti.
In the spring we also welcomed John W. Chidsey, Chairman of Burger King Corporation, and previous Dean's Speaker to the Undergraduate Business School Leadership Conference. Jim Wells, Chairman and CEO of SunTrust Banks talked about the power of a company's culture. Herb Allen, President and CEO of Allen and Co. and Barry Diller, Chairman and Senior Executive of IAC headlined a panel on business strategies.
I'd also like to mention Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed -- a first-time Dean's Speaker -- that joined us in the spring as part of the Diverse Leadership Conference.
Ralph de la Vega
President and CEO, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets
The 2011 recipient of the Global Innovation Award, Mr. de la Vega speaks with Dr. Jeff Rosensweig, associate professor of finance and director of Goizueta's Global Perspectives Program. Mr. de la Vega was named to his current role in October 2008. Today, he leads all consumer marketing, sales, content, converged services and customer care for the company’s wireless and wired businesses. Previously, he served as President and CEO-AT&T Mobility where he was responsible for AT&T’s wireless business since October 2007.
Chairman and CEO of Macy's, Inc.
Mr. Lundgren, also a BBA Distinguished Guest Lecturer, discusses some of the aspects of his company's success. He has been chairman, president and chief executive officer of Macy's, Inc., since January 2004. Prior to this, he served as president and chief executive officer, a title he assumed in February 2003 after having served as president and chief operating officer as well as president and chief merchandising officer.
Clarence Otis Jr.
Chairman and CEO of Darden Restaurants, Inc.
WHEN: Oct. 27, 2011
Darden is the world's largest full-service restaurant operating company with annual sales of $7.5 billion. The company owns and operates 1,900 Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze and Seasons 52 restaurants in North America, employs approximately 180,000 people and serves more than 400 million meals annually.