NIU Business Guest Speakers & Conferences

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Guest Speakers & Conferences

The NIU College of Business hosts more than 100 business executives each semester. They generously give their time and energy to serve as classroom guest lecturers, sharing their insights on business and life with NIU business students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Additionally, throughout the year, the college sponsors conferences, workshops, and special college-wide events that include industry experts who serve as keynote speakers. Current and most recent events include:

  • Women's History Month - NIU Business alumnae share their storyWomen's History Lunch
    March 24, 2015, NIU College of Business, 12:15 p.m. - Three accomplished females, who each are alumnae of NIU Business, share their journeys through their everyday and professional lives. This invitation-only luncheon event is entitled "Her Story" and will feature lessons learned from:  Julie Vander Weele, Chief Administrative Officer of RMB Capital; Jill Krueger, President and Chief Executive Officer of Symbira, and; Janet Krueger, Partner, State and Local Tax of KPMG, LLP. "Her Story" is a very special event in celebration of Women's History Month and amazing women everywhere. "Her Story" is sponsored by the Dean of the NIU College of Business. For details, contact: Bridget Calendo at
  • NIU's International Week Keynoter
    Adobe Exec. VP Matt Thompson
    November 19, 2014, Barsema Hall Auditorium, 7:00 p.m. - Matt Thompson, Executive Vice President for Adobe, will give a keynote talk on global business during the university-wide NIU International Week series of events.  Thompson is a marketing alumnus who recently was named the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus of the NIU College of Business.   As Executive Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations for Adobe, Thompson leads the strategy development for and direction of Adobe's sales operations across the company's diverse product lines.  Thompson also oversees Adobe's global services, e-commerce, and customer success initiatives, as well as the company's strategic alliance activities and Adobe Consulting.  Matt Thompson's November 19th speaking engagement is open to all NIU students, faculty, staff, and friends.  For NIU Business majors, this event is also Passport Approved.
  • NIU Finance Alumni Panel
    November 13, 2014, Barsema Hall 300, 7:00 pm - Four NIU Finance alumni give a panel discussion to NIU students about transitioning from university life into the field of finance.  These financial professionals represent a cross section of organizations and roles, and are:   Melissa Otakan, Financial Planning & Controlling Field Analyst for Building Technologies at Siemens Industry; Karli Oosterbaan, Business Valuation Analyst at FV&FMV Valuation; Ian Long, Business Valuation Analyst at FV&FMV Valuation, and; Omar Lazaro, Financial Analyst at Underwriters Laboratories.  The NIU Finance Alumni Panel discussion is open to all NIU students and friends, and is sponsored by NIU's Financial Management Association student organization and the NIU Department of Finance.
  • Appreciating Your Ethical Grounding
    October 8, 2014, Barsema Hall Auditorium, 6:30 pm - Beth Reese, President of Nicor Gas, provides the keynote address as part of the annual BELIEF Week in NIU Business.  Along with serving as President of Nicor Gas, Ms. Reese is also Senior Vice President of AGL Resources.  The "Appreciating Your Ethical Grounding" event is open to all NIU students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends.  For NIU Business majors, this event is also Passport Approved.
  • 2nd Annual Social Impact Summit, created by NIU students
    Ted GonderApril 4, 2014, NIU Barsema Alumni & Visitor Center — NIU President Douglas Baker opens the 2nd Annual Social Impact Summit, an event featuring national leaders in the social impact space. The event intends to educate NIU students and others about social entrepreneurship, to inspire them to increase their positive impact in the world, and to create a venue where individuals passionate about changing the world can meet and talk about how to do just that. This year, the Summit includes a social business plan competition, where students will present their business ideas to a panel of experts for the chance to win a $500 grand prize. NIU's Social Impact Summit is created by the student organization NIU CAUSE (Collegiate Association of Unreasonable Social Entrepreneurs). The event is sponsored by Product Development Technologies. The 2nd Annual Social Impact Summit is open to all. Tickets are $5 for NIU students and $20 for all others, and the ticket price includes lunch. Register here: NIUCAUSE
  • Google: Do Cool Things That Matter
    Demian CaponiMarch 27, 2014, Barsema Aud at NIU Business — Google University Outreach representative Demian Caponi gave a presentation on Google's values and company culture. He encouraged attendees to "Do Cool Things That Matter" — both in the classroom and after graduation. Caponi wrapped up his visit by meeting with NIU students to talk about career opportunities at Google.
  • Leading Change and Innovation -- NIU President Baker and Prominent Executives Lead Panel Discussion
    February 13, 2014, NIU Naperville -- NIU President Douglas Baker leads a panel discussion on the human side of change and innovation. Joining NIU President Baker on the panel are: Tom Simon, Senior Vice President of Talent Management, U.S. Foods; Audrey Southard, Senior Vice President of Business Process Reengineering, Follett Corporation, and; Janet Viane, Vice President of Marketing Operations, Sears Holdings Corporation. This event launches the newly created NIU Center for Human Capital & Leadership, which also sponsors this panel discussion. The "Leading Change and Innovation" event is open to all NIU alumni, students, and friends. RSVPs are required due to limited space.