Archived Guest Speakers Fall 2013

December 2, 2013 (Monday)

Lisa Koay of Jade Garden (MGMT 305)

In-class interview with Lisa Koay of Jade Garden in Lawrence in MGMT 305.

 

December 2, 2013 (Monday)

Rick Trupp of Walgreens (MGMT 305)

In-class interview  with Rick Trupp of Walgreens in Lawrence MGMT 305.

 

November 20, 2013 (Wednesday)

John Dye of Sprint (MGMT 305)

John Dye is from Overland Park, where Sprint is headquartered.

 

November 18, 2013 (Monday)

Regina Heise, Director of US Commercial Service, US Department of Commerce (IBUS 701)

Regina Heise, Director of US Commercial Service, US Department of Commerce, will speak to the International Business class regarding efforts by the US government to expand exports and describe the services available to companies wishing to enter or expand in foreign markets.

 

November 18, 2013 (Monday)

IBUS 415 Business in Latin America

Payless ShoeSource Managers will be speaking to IBUS 415 on their business in Latin America:
Leo Valdez, Director, Human Resources, International;
Jose Veslasco, International Marketing;
Oscar Borjas, Global Customs;
Hollie Becker

 

November 18, 2013 (Monday)

ENTR 400 Entrepreneurship & Innovation in a Corporate Environment

Erik Wullschleger is the General Manager of Sprint Accelerator. In his current role, Erik is tasked with bringing together the corporate resources of Sprint with resourceful entrepreneurs across America. His daily work is built around accelerating the growth of disruptive companies tackling similar customer problems as a key means for Sprint to compete in a changing tech industry. 

Erik started with Sprint in a retail store while finishing up school in Lincoln, Nebraska. What began as a way to earn a little money during college turned into a passion for mobile technology. During his career Erik has honed his expertise in sales, product development and marketing at the Sprint corporate headquarters in Kansas City.

Erik is an intrapreneur who constantly challenges everyone around him to work differently. He gained notoriety within Sprint after launching “Thank You Thursdays,” a grass-roots effort where employees handwrite thank you notes to Sprint's most valuable customers; the program has touched over 1 million households to-date. He has also led a team to victory during an internal Hack-a-Thon and brought the power of rapid validation/prototyping to hundreds of employees through his #HackFriday events.

Erik will be talking about the new Sprint Accelerator, powered by TechStars as well as the overall corporate entrepreneurship efforts of Sprint.  

 

November 12, 2013 (Tuesday)

ENTR 480 - Management of Small Business

The owner and CEO of Pennington & Company will be coming to share his experiences regarding buying, owning and managing a small business. 

Pennington & Company is a full-service fundraising, consulting, and public relations firm. Since their founding in 1993, they have become the recognized leader in fraternity and sorority fundraising, having contracted with more than 490 house corporations representing 57 (inter)national fraternities on 119 campuses.

Patrick Alderdice is president and chief executive officer of Pennington & Company, a full-service fundraising, consulting, and alumni relations firm based in Lawrence, Kansas. Pennington & Company is in its 20th year of business. Under Patrick’s leadership, the company has grown to be the nationally recognized leader in fraternity and sorority fundraising, having raised more than $340 million for its clients on 119 campuses. Coming out of the “Great Recession” one might assume that this would be a difficult climate for a fundraising consulting firm. However, Pennington & Company has experienced 33% growth in annual revenue over the past two years, exceeding $6.7 million in 2012. Since 2004, Pennington & Company has averaged 18.2% annual revenue growth and recorded net income each year. In that same period of time, our staff has grown by 125%, and 31.25% over the past five years bringing our total employees to 70. 

When the city of Lawrence passed the fire sprinkler initiative mandating that all fraternity and sorority houses be equipped with fire suppression systems, it created the need for these organizations to invest a significant amount of money to install and renovate their facilities in order to provide the life-safety and educational amenities for today’s college student. Pennington & Company identified this need as an opportunity not only in Lawrence, but on campus communities across the nation, to provide the fundraising counsel and support necessary to help these organizations. Patrick graduated from Ball State University with a bachelor of science degree. He resides in Lawrence, Kansas with his wife, Jennifer and daughter Emily. 

 

November 8, 2013 (Friday)

Associate Professor Zoran Ivkovich of Michigan State University

Associate Professor Zoran Ivkovich of Michigan State University will be speaking at the Finance Seminar.

 

November 8, 2013 (Friday)

Sandy Praeger, Kansas Insurance Commissioner (FIN 101/301)

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger will be a guest speaker for FIN 101/301.

 

October 29, 2013 (Tuesday)

Cindy Yulich, President of Emprise Bank, and Matt Michaelis, Managing Partner of Perla Capital Partners (ENTR 410 & ENTR 480)

Cindy Yulich and Matt Michaelis will be talking about sources of financing for small businesses and start ups. Cindy has been the Community Bank President of Emprise Bank since 2008. She started at Emprise Bank as the Vice President from 1991 to 2001 and became Senior Vice President from 2001 to 2008. From 1981 to 1991, she held positions of Adm. Assistant/Correspondent Dept., Adm. Assistant to the President, Loan Operations Officer, and Asst. Vice President (Commercial Lender) at Security Bank of Kansas City. Cindy received her graduate degree from School of Banking Colorado in 1998 and received a BSB from Emporia State University in 1981.

Matt is the Managing Partner of Perla Capital Partners, an investment firm focused on wireless infrastructure, and a Board Member of Emprise Bank, a commercial bank headquartered in Wichita, KS. Prior to founding Perla Capital Partners, Mr. Michaelis enjoyed a 15-year career in mergers and acquisitions advisory with Salomon Brothers, Greenhill & Co and most recently, Jeffrey Williams & Co. Mr. Michaelis holds a BS in Business Administration with Highest Distinction from the University of Kansas. He recently relocated back to his hometown of Wichita, KS with his wife and kids.

 

 

October 21, 2013 (Monday)

ENTR 400 Entrepreneurship & Innovation in a Corporate Environment
ENTR 400 Entrepreneurship & Innovation in a Corporate Environment

Ashley is the first Chief Innovation Officer for theCity of Kansas City, MO and will be speaking about how she isbringing innovation and entrepreneurial thinking to the large,complex environment of the city.

Ashley Z. Hand was appointed to be the City of Kansas City's first Chief Innovation Officer by Mayor Sly James in January 2013. Notably, this appointment made KCMO the first city to hire a female Chief Innovation Officer in the country. Working collaboratively across departments, Ashley focuses on process improvement at City Hall through strategic planning, staff involvement and the application of lean methodology for continuous improvement. In addition, she supports the Mayor's Challenge Cabinet, a recently created board of young professionals appointed to enhance community and civic engagement.

Previously, Ashley was an architectural designer and planner for the global firm AECOM (pronounced A-E-COM) where she worked for both public and private sector clients across North America to adopt sustainable best practices and process improvements through community engagement, policy, and operational change management. Recognized by AIA (American Institute of Architects) Kansas City as the 2012 Emerging Professional of the Year and the Kansas City Business Journal as the inaugural NextGen class of 2013, Ashley holds a BA in political science from McGill University and a Masters of Architecture from the Pratt Institute.

Ashley is a founding board member and Chair of Friends of Hale Cook, a nonprofit leading an unprecedented grassroots effort to create a model public elementary school that emphasizes the importance of community, project-based learning and giving back. Friends of Hale Cook successfully partnered with the Kansas City Public Schools to reopen the elementary school building in the Waldo neighborhood that had been mothballed since 2009 with the first classes starting this past August. Ashley is the first Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Kansas City, MO and will be speaking about how she is bringing innovation and entrepreneurial thinking to the large, complex environment of the city. 

Ashley is the first Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Kansas City, MO and will be speaking about how she is bringing innovation and entrepreneurial thinking to the large, complex environment of the city

Ashley is the first Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Kansas City, MO and will be speaking about how she is bringing innovation and entrepreneurial thinking to the large,complex environment of the city.

Ashley Z. Hand was appointed to be the City of Kansas City's first Chief Innovation Officer by Mayor Sly James in January 2013. Notably, this appointment made KCMO the first city to hire a female Chief Innovation Officer in the country. Working collaboratively across departments, Ashley focuses on process improvement at City Hall through strategic planning, staff involvement and the application of lean methodology for continuous improvement. In addition, she supports the Mayor's Challenge Cabinet, a recently created board of young professionals appointed to enhance community and civic engagement. 

Previously, Ashley was an architectural designer and planner for the global firm AECOM (pronounced A-E-COM) where she worked for both public and private sector clients across North America to adopt sustainable best practices and process improvements through community engagement, policy, and operational change management. Recognized by AIA (American Institute of Architects) Kansas City as the 2012 Emerging Professional of the Year and the Kansas City Business Journal as the inaugural NextGen class of 2013, Ashley holds a BA in political science from McGill University and a Masters of Architecture from the Pratt Institute. 

Ashley is a founding board member and Chair of Friends of Hale Cook, a nonprofit leading an unprecedented grassroots effort to create a model public elementary school that emphasizes the importance of community, project-based learning and giving back. Friends of Hale Cook successfully partnered with the Kansas City Public Schools to reopen the elementary school building in the Waldo neighborhood that had been mothballed since 2009 with the first classes starting this past August. Ashley is the first Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Kansas City, MO and will be speaking about how she is bringing innovation and entrepreneurial thinking to the large, complex environment of the city.

Ashley is the first Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Kansas City, MO and will be speaking about how she is bringing innovation and entrepreneurial thinking to the large, complex environment of the city.

 

October 12, 2013 (Saturday)

Maria Sol Ramierez and Florencia Ramirez (IBUS 415)

Speakers will talk to class on Business in Latin America about their experience doing business in Latin America with KU undergrad degrees. Discussion will include "what I wish I'd known then" as they look back on their student days.

Maria Sol Ramirez is a KU Marketing grad, formerly employed by CocaCola and Dior, now director of Marketing for Casa Modiga, a major distributor of consumer products in Paraguay.

Florencia Ramirez is a KU Acccounting grad, formerly employed at H&R Block, now Finance Director for Casa Modiga, a major distributor of consumer products in Paraguay.

 

October 11, 2013 (Friday)

Sumit Agarwal, Associate Professor

Professor Sumit Agarwal of National University of Singapore will be speaking at the Finance Seminar.

 

October 9/10, 2013 (Wednesday/Thursday)

MGMT 310 - Motivating Teams and MGMT 437 - Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

MGMT 310 | Oct 9, 9:30 - 10:45 am | 127 Summerfield

MGMT 437 | Oct 10, 9:30 - 10:45 am | 507 Summerfield

Mike Allison, Sr. Director, Catalyst Business Relationships of Cerner speaks to MGMT 210 and MGMT 437.

 

October 4, 2013 (Friday)

Vince Coultis of McClatchy Newspapers for KIP program team building exercise (BUS 810)

Vince is the Training and Development Manager at McClatchy Newspapers. He has over 20 years of sales, management, media buying and training experience with the passion for making good people great. Specialties: Knight Ridder Level One Certified Field Coaching, Advertising Management Development and Classified Sales, Strategies certification.

 

October 1, 2013 (Tuesday)

Patrick Gahagan, Vice President of Category Management at Hallmark Cards, Inc. (BUS 200)

Patrick is a senior Sales and Marketing executive with 28 years of experience in the consumer good industry. He is the current VP-Category Management at Hallmark Cards, Inc. Patrick will speak to our Business Leadership Program freshmen about current retail challenges and strategic planning. He will provide insight into risks, opportunities, and actions in the retail industry, as well as share experiences from his dynamic career.

 

September 26, 2013 (Thursday)

Nick Barkman presents Small Business Marketing

Nick is the Business Development Director for Gragg Advertising. He leads a team of top-level advertising executives specializing in creative, measured results marketing. Prior to Gragg Advertising, Nick worked for the Lawrence Journal World.

 

September 26, 2013 (Thursday)

Sonia Garapaty, CEO of FSC, Inc. (ENTR 480 - Management of Small Business)

Sonia is a thriving business owner, a homemaker with two young children and an actively involved community resource person, as well as CEO of FSC, Inc. With an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Dallas, Garapaty has 12 years of Telecom Industry experience during which she has acquired two patents. At FSC, Inc., a multi-disciplinary engineering services company with headquarters in Overland Park, KS, an office in Kansas City, KS, and two offices in India, Garapaty is responsible for company-wide operations, financials, human resources, mergers/acquisitions and business development. 

Sonia will be a guest speaker in the ENTR 480 - Management of Small Business course, where we cover the topic of family business. Sonia is now CEO of a business started by her family, and she will be discussing the unique dynamics of this type of business, how she became involved and her leadership and professional experiences.

 

September 23, 2013 (Monday)

Kevin O'Neill, Owner and Publisher of The Greater Kansas City Beacon (MGMT 431)

Kevin O'Neill special guest lecture on management-labor relations from a labor perspective.

Kevin O’Neill has owned and published the Labor Beacon newspaper for 20 years, reporting and editorializing on the subject of labor. During his years with the Beacon he has worked through the span of three presidents, five governors of Missouri and five governors of Kansas. There have been three presidents of the Greater Kansas City Labor Council and four presidents of the Tri-County Labor Council in addition to three Business Managers of the Greater Kansas City Building Trades.

Today, as an elder statesman, Kevin O’Neill sits at the leadership table with most of the labor leaders in Kansas City. He works to help shape the future of the labor movement. Today the Labor Beacon has nearly 30,000 subscribers, and has been the voice for union members in the Kansas City area for nearly 60 years.

 

September 20, 2013 (Friday)

Michael O'Doherty, Assistant Professor of Finance

Professor Michael O'Doherty of University of Missouri will be speaking at the Finance Seminar.

 

September 17, 2013 (Tuesday)

FIN 425 Futures and Options - Discussion of Internship Opportunity

David Fromm is the chairman of a summer internship program sponsored by the Risk Insurance Management Society (RIMS.) They offer 3-4 well-paid summer internships with well-respected organizations like Westar Energy each summer for undergraduate students interested in a career in risk management.

 

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