Dean's Distinguished Speakers Archive
|Dean's Distinguished Speaker: Harold Schmitz, CSO of Mars, Incorporated On a Mission from Mars: The Business of Chocolate Oct 22, 2013||
Harold Schmitz – Chief Science Officer, Mars, Incorporated
For more than four decades, UC Davis and Mars have partnered on innovative research in food, agriculture, and health.A 20-year veteran at Mars, Harold Schmitz has been Chief Science Officer since 2005.He leads the strategic development, alignment and quality control of the company’s multidisciplinary internal and scientific research programs.Since 1995, he has participated in collaborations with several departments across campus, most extensi
|Dean's Distinguished Speaker: John Mackey Co-founder and Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market Feb 27, 2013||
John Mackey, Co-founder and Co-CEO of Whole Foods, Author of Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business
Q&A moderated by Dean and Professor Steven Currall
|Dean's Distinguished Speaker: Sandy Weill, Former Chairman/CEO, Citigroup Feb 25, 2013||
The Financial Future of Our Country
Sandy Weill, former Chairman/CEO, Citigroup
Moderated by Dean Steven C. Currall
Followed by a discussion about the future of pension plans to be joined by:
Anne Simpson, Senior Portfolio Manager, Investments and Director of Corporate Governance, California Public Employee’s Retirement System (CalPERS)
Video of the Event
|10th Annual Peer-to-Pier Networking and Dean's Distinguished Speaker Event Featuring Marc Onetto, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations and Customer Service at Amazon.com Feb 7, 2013||
“The Age of Amazon”: Having conquered the publishing and e-book business, Amazon.com has morphed into a tech titan, the dominant online megaretailer, a global digital entertainment powerhouse with the Kindle Fire tablets, music, video and cloud computing—and that’s just the beginning.With Kiva Systems robots fulfilling orders, Amazon’s warehouses are now among the world’s most advanced.A Gartner Research vice president describes Amazon.com: “They’re a new type of media com
|Dean's Distinguished Speaker: Anne Simpson Senior Portfolio Manager, Investments and Director of Corporate Governance at CalPERS Sep 8, 2012||
Anne Simpson is the senior portfolio manager and director of corporate governance in the investment office at the California Public Employees’ Retirement System. CalPERS is the largest public pension system in the United States with about $224 billion under management.The corporate governance program includes CalPERS Focus List of shareholder engagement with companies, global proxy voting, legal and regulatory reform agenda and CalPERS actively managed corporate governance investment strategy.She is leading CalPERS work to integrate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) across the total fund.
|White House Burning The Founding Fathers, Our National Debt, |and Why It Matters To You Jun 5, 2012||
The Levine Family Fund Lecture Series Presents
Professor Simon Johnson, MIT Sloan School of Management
Event is free
No RSVP. Arrive early, open seating to capacity.
(The Levine Family Fund Lectures are free and open to the public)
|Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Bernard J. Tyson, President & COO, Kaiser Permanente Jan 26, 2012||
Bernard Tyson is president and chief operating officer of Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest not-for-profit health plan and health care provider, with annual operating revenue in excess of $42 billion. Often referred to as the model for the future of health care, Kaiser Permanente serves more than 8.8 million members, focusing on prevention, and affordable health care for the members and communities it serves through the use of evidence-based medicine and industry-leading technology. (To view the video on iPad or iPhone, click here.)
|Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Event Anne Gates, Executive Vice President and CFO, Disney Consumer Products Oct 7, 2011||
Anne Gates returned to her role as executive vice president and chief financial officer for Disney Consumer Products (DCP) in October 2009. In this role, Gates is responsible for finance and accounting functions for DCP. She will also lead DCP’s budgetary and strategic planning reviews and oversee the division’s information technology function. Gates reports to Andy Mooney, chairman, Disney Consumer Products and Jay Rasulo, senior executive vice president and chief financial officer, The Walt Disney Company.
|"A Conversation with Mark Hoplamazian" Mark S. Hoplamazian President and CEO, Hyatt Hotels Corporation Hyatt Corporation Apr 8, 2011||
Mark Hoplamazian was named president and chief executive officer of Hyatt Hotels Corporation in December 2006. Hyatt manages, franchises, owns and develops Hyatt branded hotels, resorts and residential and vacation ownership properties around the world. As of March 31, 2010, the company’s worldwide portfolio consisted of 434 properties.
|"Predicting the Present with Google Trends" Hal Varian Nov 17, 2010||
Chief Economist, Google, Inc.
Hal R. Varian is the chief economist at Google, Inc. He started in May 2002 as a consultant and has been involved in many aspects of the company, including auction design, econometric analysis, finance, corporate strategy and public policy. He is also an emeritus professor at UC Berkeley in three departments: business, economics, and information management. He received his S.B. degree from MIT in 1969 and his M.A. in mathematics and Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley in 1973. He has also taught at MIT, Stanford, Oxford, Michigan and other universities around the world.
|"The Broader Middle East and the Global Economy" Ambassador Edward Djerejian Jun 30, 2010||
Founding Director – James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University
Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian, the founding director of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, is one of the United States’ most distinguished diplomats and a leading expert on the complex political, security, economic, religious and ethnic issues of the Middle East.
|Road to Recovery: Finance Reform and New Economic Realities Professor Brad Barber, William Haraf, Jack Ehnes, Mark Edmunds Mar 31, 2010||
Mark Edmunds – Vice Chairman and Regional Managing Partner, Deloitte & Touche, Northern Pacific Region
Jack Ehnes – Chief Executive Officer, California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS)
William Haraf – Commissioner, Department of Financial Institutions, State of California
|“Leading Organizational Change” Kevin Johnson and Michelle Rhee Feb 24, 2010||
Kevin Johnson – Mayor, City of Sacramento
Michelle Rhee – Founder & CEO, StudentsFirst
Registration for this event is closed. We have reached capacity. Please check back for future events.
About Mayor Kevin Johnson
Elected in November 2008, Kevin Johnson is the 55th mayor of Sacramento and the first African American to serve in this office. Mayor Johnson strongly believes that in order to be a great city, you have to have great schools and is committed to identifying ways to strategically drive education reform.
|The Relevance of 'I' in Icon Paul Sallaberry Oct 9, 2009||
Former Executive Vice President, Worldwide Operations, Veritas Software Corporation
Paul Sallaberry is the former executive vice president of worldwide operations for Veritas Software Corporation. He retired from Veritas in January 2004 as a highly regarded head of worldwide sales and is credited with building one of the most successful sales organizations in the software industry. Sallaberry joined the company in early 1997 through the merger of Veritas and OpenVision, where he was senior vice president. Over his 11-year career, Sallaberry grew revenues from $50 million dollars to more than $1.6 billion dollars. Prior to Veritas, he was a senior executive at Oracle Corporation, where he led their vertical industries business.
|The State of the Cleantech Market: Challenges and Opportunities Susan H. Mac Cormac Apr 24, 2009||
Partner, Corporate Group
With stresses in the global economy compounded by the repercussions from climate change, scarcity of commodities and concerns about energy independence, today’s “clean industrial revolution” holds great promise by driving innovation in sectors ranging from energy, transportation, building and advanced materials to agriculture, water and recycling. At this intersection of business, science and the environment, the key is developing clear road maps to accelerate market adoption of viable solutions.
|The Outlook for Global Energy Supplies: A Future of Risk and Opportunity Donald Paul Feb 12, 2009||
Executive Director, USC Energy Institute
Join us to hear one of the leading experts on energy research and development share his insights and views on the long-term future of the energy marketplace, tapping the promise of new technologies and the adoption of better energy-management practices.
|"Once-in-a-Century" Financial Crisis: What's Next? Professor Brad Barber, William Haraf, Tim Leach, and Grove Nichols Jan 28, 2009||
Moderated by: Professor Robert Yetman
William Haraf – Commissioner, Department of Financial Institutions,
Tim Leach – Chief Investment Officer, U.S. Bank Wealth Management Group
Grove Nichols – Former Executive Vice President, IndyMac Bank
Join us for a candid and insightful discussion of the current financial crisis and what the short-term and long-term future holds.
|"A Conversation with Michael Mondavi" Michael Mondavi Nov 12, 2008||
Join us for an evening of wine and engaging conversation with Michael Mondavi, a leading wine industry executive, innovator and entrepreneur who has grown a successful new wine venture since the sale of his family’s legendary winery in Oakville four years ago.
Mondavi is the founder and coach of Folio Fine Wine Partners, which he started with his wife, Isabel; son, Rob; and daughter, Dina, in 2004.
|“It’s Not Easy Being Green" Joseph H. Pettus Oct 23, 2008||
Senior Vice President – Fuel and Energy, Safeway, Inc.
Join us at this open house to celebrate the official dedication of our new 9,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art suite for the UC Davis Bay Area Working Professional MBA Program in Bishop Ranch Business Park.
|The Top 10 Ways You Shoot Yourself in the Foot in the Workplace Nora Denzel Oct 3, 2008||
Senior Vice President, Intuit
Combining humor and personal experience, Nora Denzel will share what she learned as she climbed the corporate ladder at IBM and Hewlett Packard, emphasizing the 10 most common mistakes people make as they try to advance their careers—and how to avoid them.
|CEO Transition: From Telecom to Retail Back to Telecom Ed Mueller May 14, 2008||
Chairman and CEO, Qwest Communications International
Edward A. Mueller was elected chairman and chief executive officer of Qwest Communications International Inc. in August 2007. Qwest is a leading provider of voice, video and data services. The company’s approximately 37,000 employees are committed to the “Spirit of Service” and providing world-class services that exceed customers’ expectations for quality, value and reliability.
|"The Open Media Revolution will not be Televised" Tony Perkins Apr 4, 2008||
Founder and Editor-in-Chief, AlwaysOn
Tune into the New Media Revolution…on the Web
Web 2.0…social media…user-generated content…virtual worlds: all are forcing the creation of innovative new business models in the world of media and entertainment.
As the Web rapidly matures into a full-fledged video medium, consumers are enjoying boundless choices for traditional TV and film viewing, along with innovative and interactive forms of news, entertainment, sports, political communications and videoconferencing.
|"The Journey of an Entrepreneur Who Dreamed Big" Dale Carlsen Jan 8, 2008||
President, CEO and Founder, The Sleep Train Inc.
With a focus on excellent customer service and unbeatable prices, Sleep Train’s slogan promises “Your Ticket to a Better Night’s Sleep®.”
This is your ticket to an engaging conversation with Dale Carlsen, a successful entrepreneur who dreamed big and has built a bedding industry empire from the ground up.
|"A Culture of Innovation" Robert Simpson Nov 1, 2007||
President and COO, Jelly Belly Candy Company
Join us for this “sweet” opportunity to hear Robert Simpson, president and COO of Jelly Belly Candy Company, talk about the culture of innovation at the family-owned and operated company now in its fifth generation of candy makers. Headquartered in Fairfield, California, the firm manufactures Jelly Belly® jelly beans — made famous by President Ronald Reagan — and more than 100 gourmet confections that are marketed and sold to more than 35 countries.
|"Managing Investment Risk: Optimizing Asset Allocation to Achieve Your Goals" David Russ '86 Oct 26, 2007||
Chief Investment Officer, Dartmouth College
An alumnus of the School, David H. Russ ‘86 was appointed chief investment officer for Dartmouth College on August 1, 2005. Most recently, he was Treasurer of the Regents and vice president for investments for the University of California system. He oversees Dartmouth’s Office of Investments, which directs the college’s investment strategy.
|"Values-Centered Leadership" Janis Heaphy Oct 5, 2007||
President and Publisher, Sacramento Bee
Janis Heaphy is president and publisher of The Sacramento Bee, the flagship newspaper of the McClatchy Company. As the region’s leading media company, The Sacramento Bee publishes a daily newspaper and three premier local Web sites.
|"Culture Matters: How Corporate Culture Helps Drive Financial Performance" Grove Nichols May 11, 2007||
Executive Vice President, Indymac Bancorp, Inc.
Grove Nichols started his career as a credit trainee at the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City in 1973. After his training, he was assigned to the bank’s Athens, Greece, office where he helped to run the training program there, teaching classes to the mostly MBA-educated Greek trainees. He later returned to New York and became a corporate lending officer before leaving the bank to pursue his MBA degree.
|U.S. Bancorp CEO Richard Davis Visits Davis, Tallies Challenges March 7, 2007 Mar 7, 2007||
Richard Davis likes to keep the pot boiling at U.S. Bancorp, the nation’s sixth largest financial holding company
“Hot water at 211 degrees is inert; at 212, it’s making something happen,” said the president and CEO of the Minneapolis-based financial giant.
“In banking we don’t celebrate the near misses,” Davis explained. “We celebrate making things happen, and we celebrate doing things to make your lives better, whether it’s cashing a check or making a loan.”
|Shona Brown's Balancing act: Managing Chaos @ Google Shona Brown Jan 11, 2007||
Senior Vice President, Business Operations, Google, Inc.
Google would issue its Dutch auction-style initial public offering within a year, yet the Silicon Valley start-up’s sizzling growth had sent it careening dangerously close to the brink of chaos.
Schmidt, Page and Brin all knew it—like its catalog of Web pages, Google was growing exponentially and problems were looming. Their search for an answer netted Brown, whose job has been described as “Chief Chaos Officer.”
|A "Sweet" Opportunity Rick Lenny Oct 9, 2006||
Chairman, President and CEO, The Hershey Company
Rick Lenny, president, chairman and CEO of the Hershey Company, visited UC Davis last fall to discuss his experiences at the confectionery and snack products giant and share insights into management that he has gained over a stellar 30-year career in the packaged goods industry.
|"The Managerial Moment of Truth" Bruce Bodaken Oct 6, 2006||
Chairman, President and CEO, Blue Shield of California
As keynote of the School’s 25th Anniversary, Bruce Bodaken shares his perspective on how to make managers better leaders.
|At Cisco Systems, Good Deeds John Morgridge Jan 11, 2006||
Chairman Cisco Systems, Inc.
The avalanche of accounting and fraud scandals that have shaken corporate America in recent years have made it painfully and publicly clear: for some, the end can justify unethical and even illegal means if the stakes are high enough.
Away from the white-hot media spotlight, however, others have forged another way, placing principles at the core of all enterprise. These companies embrace a culture that values and acts on an ingrained sense of corporate responsibility.
|Driving Value from Innovation William Sullivan Oct 19, 2005||
CEO, Agilent Technologies, Inc.
The 21st century global economy will have winners and losers. The innovators will lead, the others will follow. As president and CEO of Agilent Technologies, William Sullivan lives by this axiom, restructuring the tech giant as an innovative leader, laser-focused on the $40 billion scientific measurement market.
|From Bugs into Drugs: Arête Blazes Tech Transfer Trail John Hamer Apr 12, 2005||
Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Burrill and Company, CEO and Co-founder, Arête Therapeutics Inc.
Flush with $15 million in seed financing from leading investors in the medical and biotechnology fields, John Hamer and a team of UC Davis scientists are hopeful that what began as a chance discovery in a campus entomology laboratory more than a quarter century ago will one day produce effective treatments for the nation’s number one killer—heart disease.
|U.S. Chamber of Commerce to ensure America’s Compe Thomas Donohue Jan 15, 2004||
President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Just a week after presenting his annual “State of American Business” report to media and policy experts in Washington, D.C., on January 7, Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, visited Sacramento to brief area business leaders on the chamber’s priorities and political agenda for the coming year.
|Spreading Compassion in the Cubicles Tim Sanders Oct 2, 2003||
Chief Solutions Officer, Yahoo!
Sanders, the chief solutions officer for Yahoo!, shared his near-death experience with a capacity audience at the October 2 kick off of the Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Series at the Graduate School of Management. An energetic dot-com veteran, Sanders linked a web of his own experiences together with amusing yet telling stories from the frontlines of business to explain his brand of “bizlove.”
|A Prescription for Health George Halvorson Apr 16, 2003||
Chairman and CEO, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals
Millions of Americans are left with a sick feeling this time of year as the season for open enrollment in health care plans comes and goes. This fall hasn’t brought any relief for companies or their employees as health care costs continue to skyrocket.
|Venture Capital in the Capital Tim Draper Oct 17, 2001||
Founder and Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
With venture funding in the Sacramento region heading toward a record year, two seasoned financiers—and proven entrepreneurs in their own right—paid visits to the Graduate School of Management this past fall, one
|"Investing Lessons from a Fool" Tom Gardner May 2, 2001||
In choosing a name for their new company, Tom Gardner and his brother, David, searched for a catchy brand that would signify what they stood for: telling people “the truth” about personal finance and investing. In Elizabethan theater, the Fool was the only one who could get away with telling the king or queen the truth without literally losing his head. By mixing investing information with curious wit and comic relief, the Gardners took their cue from Shakespeare and breathed life into the “The Motley Fool” in 1993.
|A Full Court Press for Excellence John Thomas Jan 18, 2001||
John Thomas, captain of business operations for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings and WNBA’s Monarchs, took center court as a Dean’s Distinguished Speaker at the Graduate School of Management in January. As president of Maloof Sports and Entertainment, a position that also includes oversight of the Knights of the World Indoor Soccer League and ARCO Arena, Thomas leads the organization’s ongoing mission to build a healthy association with the place it calls home.
|Jess Jackson Heads a Premium Wine Dynasty Jess Jackson May 22, 1999||
Founder and Proprietor, Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates
Returning to UC Davis as a Dean’s Distinguished Speaker on May 10 was a homecoming of sorts for Jess Jackson, founder and principal owner of Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates. It was at Davis where the lawyer-turned vintner first learned the finer points of winemaking and the importance of quality and value, the two factors he says have become the bedrock of his business — one he never intended to be in.
|Are MBA Principles all Garbage? Steven F. Bouck||
Executive Vice President and CFO, Waste Connections, Inc.
There’s tons of cash in the trash business—the U.S. solid waste services industry hauled in $43 billion in revenues last year. Although it’s a relatively low-tech and slow-growth sector, pacing with the nation’s gross domestic product and population increases, there’s no shortage of management challenges and opportunity for big profits.
|Don't Toy with Trust Robert Eckert||
Chairman and CEO, Mattel
If you didn’t know he was one of the titans of industry, you’d think Robert Eckert was just a down-to-earth Midwesterner from Elmhurst, Illinois. He comes across as someone’s favorite next-door neighbor – genial, laid back, soft spoken, yet solid and exuding a warmth of spirit that draws you to him. He may be head of the world’s largest toy maker, but you think to yourself – this is a guy I could trust.