CEO Speaker Series

The College of Business CEO Speaker Series was created in October 2016 by Raisbeck Endowed Dean David Spalding. His goal is to create opportunities where CEOs can connect with Iowa State business students. Each lecture provides a forum where CEOs can share their path to the top, and inspire students who are preparing for their careers.

 

The next lecture, as well as past lectures, are listed below.

 

 

UPCOMING

 

My Personal Journey with Diversity

Roger Ferguson

President and CEO

TIAA

April 11, 2017

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Sun Room Memorial Union

Free and open to the public

 

TIAA President and CEO Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., will discuss the path that led him to becoming the first African-American vice chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve and one of the few African-American CEOs in the Fortune 100. He will discuss why diversity and inclusion is so essential to business success in the 21st century.

How to Build Financial Security in a Changing World

Roger Ferguson

President and CEO

TIAA

April 11, 2017

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Sun Room Memorial Union

Free and open to the public

 

In a time of constant change, it’s more important than ever for Americans to focus on ensuring their financial well-being. Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., CEO of Fortune 100 financial services firm TIAA and former Vice Chair of the Federal Reserve, will offer advice on steps that every individual can take, no matter what ups and downs may occur in the economy and markets. Ferguson represented the Federal Reserve on several international policy groups and served on key Federal Reserve System committees. As the only Governor in Washington DC on 9/11, he led the Fed’s initial response to the terrorist attacks, taking actions that kept the U.S. financial system functioning while reassuring the global financial community. 

 

Connecting People, Creating a Better Future: Why International Trade Benefits America

Lance Fritz

Chairman, President, and CEO

Union Pacific

April 18, 2017

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Stark Lecture Hall, 1148 Gerdin Business Building

Free and open to the public

 

 

Biography

Lance M. Fritz is Union Pacific chairman, president and chief executive officer. He became chairman of the board effective October 1, 2015. Fritz became president and chief executive officer February 5, 2015, when he also was elected to the corporation’s board of directors.

 

He previously served as president and chief operating officer of Union Pacific Railroad, a position he had held since February 2014, after serving as executive vice president- Operations and vice president-Labor Relations, respectively. He began his Union Pacific career in July 2000 as vice president and general manager-Energy in the company’s Marketing and Sales department.

 

Before joining Union Pacific, Fritz worked for Fiskars Inc., Cooper Industries and General Electric. He is a graduate of Bucknell University and earned a master’s degree in management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

 

Fritz serves on the boards of the Association of American Railroads and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the STRATCOM Consultation Committee. Fritz is deeply involved with organizations in his local community. He is a member of the board of directors for Nebraska Medicine, Omaha Symphony and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium.

 

Fritz and his wife, Julie, have two children and are committed to helping women and children
at risk in the Omaha community.

 

 


PAST

Press Release

CEO Perspectives

Stan AskrenStan Askren

Chairman, President, and CEO

HNI Corporation

January 31, 2017

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Stark Lecture Hall, 1148 Gerdin Business Building

Free and open to the public

 

Stan Askren will share his career experiences and his perspective gained across multiple industries, companies, functions, and roles on his path to becoming the chairman, president, and CEO of HNI Corporation.  HNI is the second largest office furniture manufacturer in the United States, the global leader in the hearth industry, and one of the leading Fortune 1000 companies headquartered in Muscatine, Iowa.

 

Biography

Askren, 56, is the fourth chairman, president, and chief executive officer in the 60-plus year history of HNI Corporation. 

 

Since joining HNI Corporation in 1992, Askren has held a variety of senior leadership positions within the company, including vice president of Marketing, executive vice president, and president of the corporation’s hearth business. He has worked in the corporation’s office furniture business as a group vice president of The HON Company and president of Allsteel Inc. He also served as the vice president of Human Resources and executive vice president of the corporation.

 

Before joining HNI, Askren held management positions at Emerson Electric Co. and Thomson, S.A. He also serves as a director on two companies:  Armstrong World Industries, Inc., a global leader in the design and manufacture of ceiling systems, and Allison Transmission Holdings, Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of fully automatic transmissions for commercial vehicles.

 

Askren grew up in Cedar Rapids and has lived in Muscatine for the past 30 years. His education includes a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Northern Iowa and an MBA from Washington University. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University.

 

From Muscatine to the World Bank

Featuring

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim on October 24, 2013 in Washington DC. Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank

Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank

 

Dr. Jim Yong Kim

President

World Bank

Thursday, October 13, 2016

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Stark Lecture Hall, 1148 Gerdin Business Building

Free and open to the public

 

A physician and anthropologist, Dr. Kim has dedicated himself to international development for more than two decades, helping to improve the lives of under-served populations worldwide. He previously served as president of Dartmouth College, was a co-founder of Partners In Health, and director of the HIV/AIDS Department at the World Health Organization.

Biography

Kim is the 12th president of the World Bank, an international financial institution founded in 1944 that offers loans, advice, and a variety of resources to more than 100 countries. The World Bank’s goals are to push extreme poverty to no more than 3% by 2030 and promote shared prosperity and greater equity in the developing world.

 

After graduating magna cum laude from Brown University, Kim earned a medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Harvard University. As a physician and anthropologist, Kim has dedicated himself to international development for more than two decades, helping improve the lives of populations worldwide.  

 

Previously, Kim served as president of Dartmouth College. He was a co-founder of Partners In Health, and director of the HIV/AIDS Department at the World Health Organization. He was born in Seoul, South Korea, and moved with his family at age 5 to the United States. He grew up in Muscatine, Iowa.

 

Journey of a CEOb9315275933z-1_20141126143113_000gpc98cs29-1-0

Featuring

 

Dan Houston, ’84 Business Administration – Marketing

CEO

Principal

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Stark Lecture Hall, 1148 Gerdin Business Building

Free and open to the public

 

During his lecture, “Journey of a CEO,” Dan Houston (’84, Business Administration – Marketing) will share how he started as a business student at Iowa State University, and became CEO of Principal, a global financial investment management leader with headquarters in Des Moines. This lecture, sponsored by the College of Business, is held in conjunction with Business Week at Iowa State University.