Archived Guest Speakers Spring 2013

May 9, 2013 (Thursday)

Guest Speaker Lee Wages, CAO of Westar Energy (ACCT 311)

Lee Wages will be speaking on the topic of business processes and internal controls.


May 8, 2013 (Wednesday)

Guest Speaker Dan Davis of Grant Thornton (IST 205)

Dan Davis will be speaking about business processes and general business topics.


May 6, 2013 (Monday)

Guest Speaker Larry Miller (FIN 416)

Larry Miller will be a guest speaker for FIN 416.


April 30, 2013 (Tuesday)

Guest Speaker Lisa Randel from (BBA 305)

7:15 pm | KU Edwards Campus, BEST 225

Lisa will provide an overview of and employment opportunities to the BBA 305 class at the Edwards Campus


April 25 - 27, 2013 (Thursday - Saturday)

6th University of Kansas International Conference on XBRL: Transparency, Assurance, and Analysis

April 25 | 2:30 pm | University of Kansas Budig Instruction Lab
April 26 | 7:15 am | SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Lawrence, KS

Please contact Debora Ann Deering to reserve a seat.

Official Program -6th KU- International Conference on XBRL
List of Papers with Abstracts


April 25, 2013 (Thursday)

Cerner's Andrea Solarino presents "Should Cerner Provide Health Care?" (MGMT 498)

After reviewing Cerner's strategy and sources of competitive advantage, Andrea will engage the class in a discussion in whether Cerner should expand its operations to include providing health care services to company employees.


April 23, 2013 (Tuesday)

Shane Dickerson of Sam's Club presents "Costco and Wal-Mart: Why Both?" (MGMT 498)

Shane Dickerson will discuss synergies of Sam’s club and Wal-Mart, ‘who makes what decisions', and current challenges that Sam’s Club faces and what they are doing about it.


April 16, 2013 (Tuesday)

Rob Campbell, Vice President - Chief Learning Officer of Cerner presents "Return on Investment for Training & Development" (MGMT 416)

Robert Campbell, vice president and chief learning officer, leads Cerner¹s Catalyst Organization. This group works across Cerner supporting front line teams and clients with a blend of education, communication and marketing expertise. Their objective is to influence opinions and behavior that will change Cerner, our clients, our communities, and ultimately, health and care. Before this role, Campbell led Cerner KnowledgeWorks, which he also founded. KnowledgeWorks applied leading-edge learning theory, technology and best practices in content management and social media to help Cerner associates, clients and business partners gain competence quickly. Campbell, who has 24 years of experience in learning and development and instructional technology, joined Cerner in February 1996. Prior to joining Cerner, he was with Andersen Consulting Education, where he focused on creating effective learning solutions for Andersen consultants. This included two years at the Institute for the Learning Sciences, an interdisciplinary organization affiliated with Northwestern University that draws from the fields of cognitive psychology, education and computer science to develop new models for learning. Campbell earned a master¹s degree in computer science with an emphasis in artificial intelligence, cognitive science and educational software design at Northwestern University. He received his bachelor's degree in communications with an emphasis in human resource development from Brigham Young University.


April 10, 2013 (Wednesday)

Michael Houston, Managing Director of Grey Global - Business Consulting (MGMT 485/785)

Michael is one of the most respected and innovative marketers in the industry and an integral part of the New York management team, spearheading Grey¹s business development efforts and the marketing of the Grey brand. Previously at Kirshenbaum, Michael was a prime mover in one of that agency¹s most successful periods of new-business development in its history, winning more than $250 million in new accounts. In the mid-Œ90s, he spent five years at Young and Rubicam and Landor Associates in New York and San Francisco on the account, new business and corporate communications sides, rising to the post of the Vice President, North American Business Development, for the advertising agency. During his tenure, Y&R added more than a billion dollars in new business. Learn more.


March 11, 2013 (Monday)

Koch Industries - "Corporate Finance - Honors" - FIN 416

This team from Koch Industries will lead a case that focuses on the difficult research questions that must be answered before a capital expenditure request can be developed. Time allowing, they will also be helping students with risk analysis questions that are best asked before the money is spent.

Brett Leeth – Director of Business Development, Koch Fertilizer

  • University of Kansas Graduate (Business) – May 2002
  • Campus Champion for Koch’s recruiting effort at KU
    & KU Finance Advisory Board member      
  • Koch Fertilizer (2011-Current), Koch Equity
    Development (2007-2011), Cerner (2002-2007)

Rachel Berry – Accounting Supervisor, Koch Supply & Trading

  • Interned with Koch – Summer of 2009
  • University of Kansas Graduate (Finance) – May 2010
  • Koch Supply & Trading Credit Risk (Summer '09, Jun. 2010 – Feb. 2011)
  • Koch Supply & Trading Product Control (Mar. 2011 – Present)


February 13, 2013 (Wednesday)

Mike Laddin - "Strategic Leadership" - MGMT 498

Mike Laddin is CEO of LeaderPoint based in Kansas City. LeaderPoint provides a comprehensive and systematic method to develop management and leadership skills and abilities.

Mike has degrees in Psychology and Chemistry and a master's degree in Clinical Psychology and an MBA with an emphasis in Finance. Prior to LeaderPoint he had more than 20 years of senior management experience including seven years in health care marketing, as general manager of a national magazine and publishing firm and a CFO/COO of an international pharmaceutical research association.


February 7, 2013 (Thursday)

Samir Mowad - "Discussion of Entertainment Industry, Harrahs Competitive Advantages, and Challenges" - MGMT 498

9:30 - 10:45 | 428 Summerfield
11:00 - 12:15 | 428 Summerfield

Please contact Waqas Rana to reserve a seat.

Samir Mowad is the Vice President of Human Resources for Caesar’s Entertainment at the North Kansas City property. Samir believes the key to his success in grounded in the power of engagement and leadership.  He exhibits the value he has for the 1000+ employees by connecting with them on a personal level and making them understand that success is not determined by titles or salary or promotion, but rather by the discretionary effort and passion that people exhibit in their daily lives, whether at work or at home.

Samir was born and raised in the greater New Orleans area.  He attended Jesuit High School in New Orleans and later Louisiana State University.  With a father who is now a retired doctor and a mother who is a retired English professor, Samir had an upbringing that emphasized the importance of education and personal responsibility.  After two years at LSU, Samir decided that he would follow in his father’s footsteps and attend medical school in Chicago.  With two years of the program completed, he then decided that medicine was not the field for him and began bartending in Chicago.

Working in nightclubs in Chicago and eventually back in New Orleans, Samir soon realized that he had discovered his professional passion. The atmosphere and energy combined with the opportunity to develop people and leaders had great appeal and he spent the next ten years growing and operating a successful private nightclub group in New Orleans. However, the real evolution of Samir’s career happened when Harrah’s Entertainment hired him as a Manager at their New Orleans property.

Samir successfully opened a nightclub at the New Orleans property.  After Hurricane Katrina devastated the city, Samir was relocated by Harrah’s to Kansas City.  In the span of six years, he ascended from Manager to Assistant Director to Director to Vice President of Hotel, Food & Beverage before assuming his current role as Vice President of Human Resources.

Samir lives in downtown Kansas City with his wife Nicole.  He is currently pursuing his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Kansas. He is a member of several HR organizations along with supporting HERO (a Harrah’s community outreach group) and working passionately with his wife to support the Global Orphan Fund.


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