Leadership Speaker Series

  • The Darden Leadership Speaker Series features the world’s thought leaders sharing their stories, expertise and advice with Darden students, faculty and staff.

    We invite you to attend any of these speaker events; all are open to the public. For more detailed information, please check the calendar. In addition, if you would like to recommend a candidate for the Leadership Speaker Series, please contact  Elizabeth Eckert

  • Upcoming Speakers

    3 September 
    Steve Voorhees (MBA '80)
    Chief Executive Officer, WestRock Company

    8 September
    Kevin Chidwick 
    Chief Executive Officer, Elephant Auto Insurance

    21 September
    Andrew Ekdahl
    Chief Program Management Officer, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices

    6 October
    Michael DeCola (MBA '77)
    President and Chief Executive Officer, HBM Holdings

    28 October
    Narayana Murthy
    Founder, Infosys Limited
    6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    10 November
    Dave Johnson
    Managing Director, Americas, Bain & Company

    17 November
    Javier Rodriguez
    Chief Executive Officer, DaVita Kidney Care

    19 November
    Robert G. Wilmers
    Chief Executive Officer, M&T Bank

    2 December
    Naren Gursahaney (MBA '89)
    President, Chief Executive Officer and Director, ADT Corporation

    3 December
    Carol Sawdye
    Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer, PwC

    *Please note all speakers will present at 1:30 p.m. unless otherwise indicated. 

    2014-15 Speakers

    Robert J. Hugin  (MBA '85)
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Celgene Corporation 

    Edward L. Monser
    President and Chief Operating Officer, Emerson

    Denise Morrison
    President and Chief Executive Officer, Campbell Soup Company

    Jane Nielsen
    Chief Financial Officer, Coach Inc.

    Carlos Brito
    Chief Executive Officer, Anheuser-Busch InBev

    Kevin Watters (MBA '94)
    Chief Executive Officer of Mortgage Bank, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

    Dr. Ulrich Bez
    Chair and Former Chief Executive Officer, Aston Martin

    David Williams
    Chair & Chief Executive Officer, Merkle Inc.

    Henry Engelhardt
    Chief Executive Officer, Admiral Group, plc

    Jonathan D. Mariner
    Chief Investment Officer, Major League Baseball

    James Beriker
    President and Chief Executive Officer, Simply Hired

    Saundra Pelletier
    Chief Executive Officer, Evofem, Inc. and Women Care Global

    2013-14 Speakers

    Alex Gorsky
    Chief Executive Officer, Johnson & Johnson

    Carolyn Miles
    President and CEO, Save the Children

    Rich Hilleman
    Chief Creative Officer and Executive Producer, Electronic Arts

    Rich Fairbank
    Founder, Chairman & CEO, Capital One

    Martina Hund-Mejean
    Chief Financial Officer, MasterCard

    Walter Robb
    Co-Chief Executive Officer, Whole Foods Market, Inc.

    Roger Ferguson
    President, TIAA-CREF

    Lorna Donatone
    Chief Operating Officer, Sodexo

    Sharon Decker
    Secretary of Commerce, North Carolina

    2012-13 Speakers

    Jacqueline Novogratz
    CEO, Acumen Fund

    Admiral Gary Roughead
    Former Navy

    Jim Miller
    VP of Worldwide Operations, Google

    Fernando Aguirre
    Consultant, Chiquita

    Daphne Koller
    Co-founder, Coursera

    Kip Tindell
    CEO, The Container Store

    Eric Fast
    President & CEO, Crane Company

    Don Knauss
    Chairman of the Board & CEO, Clorox Company

    Punit Renjen
    Chairman of the Board, Deloitte LLP

    David M. Cote
    Chairman of the Board & CEO, Honeywell

    Tony Milikin
    Chief Procurement Officer, Anheuser-Busch InBev

    James (Jim) P. Rogers
    Chairman of the Board & CEO, Eastman Chemical Company

    John A. Luke, Jr. 
    Chairman of the Board & CEO, MeadWestvaco Corporation

    2011-12 Speakers

    Dick Trost
    Volt Marketing Manager, Chevrolet

    Mike Petters
    President and CEO, Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII)

    Henri A. Termeer
    Former Chairman, President and CEO, Genzyme Corporation

    DeMaurice Smith
    Executive Director, NFL Players Association

    Jim Cheng
    Secretary of Commerce, Commonwealth of Virginia

    Thomas Kennedy                    
    EVP and CFO, Hilton Worldwide

    Victoria Harker                    
    CFO and President of Global Business Services, AES Corporation

    Gary L. Perlin                    
    CFO, Capital One Financial Corporation

    Thomas A. Fanning
    Chairman, President and CEO, Southern Company

    Martha N. Johnson
    Administrator, US General Services Administration

    Andrew Gould
    Chairman, Schlumberger Limited

    Greg R. Page
    Chairman & CEO Cargill, Incorporated

    Mike B. McCallister
    CEO, Humana Inc.

    Jim Gilmore
    "Co-Founder Co-Author"
    "Strategic Horizons LLP The Experience Economy: Work Is Theatre & Every Business a Stage"

    Wes Bush
    CEO and President, Northrop Grumman Corporation

    Joseph A. Ripp 
    Former CFO & EVP, Time Warner Entertainment Company, L.P.

    Elizabeth Ellers
    EVP, Corporate Research, Univision Communications Inc.

    Ellen Kullman
    Chair of the Board & CEO, DuPont

    Bradley Kitchens
    President & CEO, ScottMadden, Inc.

    Sheri McCoy
    Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee, Johnson & Johnson

    Doug Scovanner, MBA '79
    EVP & CFO, Target

    2010-11 Speakers

    John Mackey
    Co-Founder & CEO, Whole Foods Market

    DeMaurice Smith
    Executive Director, NFL Players Association

    Carolyn Miles
    EVP & COO, Save the Children Federation, Inc.

    Glen T. Senk
    CEO, Urban Outfitters, Inc.

    Larry Schweiger
    President & CEO, National Wildlife Federation

    John C. Reid
    VP, Corporate Social Responsibility, The Coca-Cola Company

    Thomas F. Farrell, II
    Chairman, President & CEO, Dominion Resources, Inc.

    Kevin Sharer
    Chairman & CEO, Amgen

    Kevin Plank
    CEO & Chairman of the Board, Under Armour, Inc.

    Wendell Weeks
    Chairman & CEO, Corning

    Eric Spiegel
    President & CEO, Siemens

    Walt Shill, MBA '86
    Lead Management Consultant of NA, Accenture

    Susan Sobbott, MBA '90
    President, American Express OPEN

    Doug Scovanner, MBA '79
    EVP & CFO, Target

    2009-10 Speakers

    Ray Bednar
    Senior Vice-President & Sports Sponsorship Executive, Bank of America

    Ned Hooper, MBA '94
    Chief Strategy Officer & SVP, Consumer Business, Cisco

    Stephen E. Sterrett
    CFO, Simon Property

    Tricia Griffith
    Group President, Claims, Progressive

    Shumeet Banerji
    CEO, Booz & Company

    Matthew R. Simmons
    Chairman Emeritus, Simmons & Company International

    Marc Lieberman
    Co-Founder, Cavalier Films
    Producer, The Onion News Network

    Mike Million
    Founder, Third Story Films
    Writer/Director, "Tenure"

    Ray C. Anderson
    Founder & Chairman, Interface, Inc.

    Andris Cukurs
    CEO, Suzlon Winder Energy Corporation

    Marc A. Onetto
    SVP, Worldwide Operations, Amazon.com, Inc.

    Paul A. Laudicina
    Managing Officer & Chairman of the Board, A.T. Kearney

    Mark Addicks
    SVP & Chief Marketing Office, General Mills

    Dr. Helmut Kaiser
    Global Chief Investment Strategist, Private Wealth Management, Deutsche Bank AG

    Ralph de la Vega, TEP '94
    President & CEO, AT&T Mobility & Consumer Markets

    Walt Shill, MBA '86
    Managing Director, NA, Accenture

    2008-09 Speakers

    Dennis Gartman
    Editor & Publisher, The Gartman Letter, L.C.

    Susan Clark
    Managing Director, Continental Europe, Middle East & Africa Group, The Economist Group

    Joseph Williams
    Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Corporation

    Allen Thomas
    Chief Diversity Officer & Managing Partner, Deloitte LLP

    Jack Perkowski
    CEO, Asimco

    Mark T. Watkins
    SVP, MEadWestVACo

    Lous Chenevert
    President & CEO, United Technologies

    Kevin Plank
    President, CEO & Chairman, Under Armour, Inc.

    Donna Goodrich
    Senior Executive VP, BB&T

    Rich Fairbank
    Chairman, President & CEO, Capital One

    Lenny Mendonca
    Chairman, McKinsey & Company

    Barbara Desoer
    President, Mortgage, Home Equity, and Insurance Services, Bank of America Corporation