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2012 Guest Speakers & Conferences


MBA Colloquium - Global Business Perspective

November 10, 2012, NIU Naperville - Keynote speaker Jeff Yordon, CEO and President, Founder and Chairman of the Board, Sagent Pharmaceuticals. This event is open to NIU MBA students and NIU College of Business alumni. RSVP by November 2nd to mba@niu.edu or call 1-866-NIU-MBA1 (648-6221).

Economic Luncheon

November 27, 2012, NIU Naperville - A panel discussion with: NIU Business alumnus Nick Calamos, President of Investments and co-Chief Investment Officer of Calamos Investments; NIU Board of Trustees Professor of Finance Gerry Jensen; Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Officer Rick Mattoon. The panelists will discuss and debate the economic outlook for 2013. This event is open to undergraduate and graduate level NIU College of Business students, alumni, and businesses. RSVP to mba@niu.edu.

Enron Whistleblower Sherron Watkins to Address NIU College of Business Students

October 8, 2012, Barsema Hall Atrium- Former Vice President of Enron Sherron Watkins will speak with students on the topic of Ethics as part of the college's BELIEF Initative. Ms. Watkins alerted then-CEO of Enron Ken Lay in August 2001 of accounting irregularities within the company. She has testified before Congressional Committees from the U.S. House and Senate investigating Enron's demise. In recognition of her outstanding demonstration of ethics in the work place, Ms. Watkins has received numerous honors. TIME magazine named Sherron, among others, as their 2002 Persons of the Year, for being "people who did right just by doing their jobs rightly." The BELIEF Initative at the NIU College of Business is in its 6th year and has been ranked in Businessweek's top 3 for ethical programs for 3 consecutive years.

Cynthia Crocker and the Crocker Program for Emerging Business Leaders

October 4, 2012, Drake Hotel, Chicago -- Marketing alumnus and retired executive Cynthia Crocker established the Crocker Program for Emerging Business Leaders in the NIU College of Business. The program helps female students learn how to develop a professional network and how to realize their career aspirations. On October 4th, Ms. Crocker will serve as the keynote speaker for a professional event that she is also hosting at the Drake Hotel, Chicago. Fifty NIU business undergraduate students, as well as female alumni -- all of whom are accomplished executives and volunteer mentors to the students -- will be in attendance.

Rallying Your Resilience with Jim Davidson

World-class mountain climber and author Jim Davidson spoke to Department of Accountancy students on the topic of resilience and the significance of moving beyond obstacles in the business world. Entitled "Rally Your Resilience," Davidson's talk focused on powerful lessons he learned from a harrowing mountain climbing incident that he overcame. Davidson shared valuable insights on developing the mind set and the courage to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Jim Davidson's speaking engagement was held on October 3, 2012 in Barsema Auditorium. Mr. Davidson's visit was sponsored by the Department of Accountancy in the NIU College of Business.

Interdisciplinary Healthcare Workshop
sponsored by NIU Colleges of Business, Engineering, Health & Human Sciences, & Law

October 29, 2012, NIU Naperville - This day-long program focuses on interdisciplinarity in the health care context, integrating theoretical perspectives and practical knowledge. The workshop is targeted to health care administrators, health care providers, lawyers, and academics.

Women in Leadership - What Holds Us Back
a panel discussion sponsored by True Value

March 28, Barsema Hall - Attend the college's annual Women's History Month Event entitled: "Women in Leadership - What Holds Us Back." The event focuses on the challenges women face in the workplace and ways to overcome these struggles. Attendees will gain insights from the following female executives: Georgia Dudley, CEO & Founder of Empowering Women Network Inc.; Lori Birkey, Director of Organizational Effectiveness & Change Management at the True Value Company; Mary Formosa, Vice President of Human Resources at Navistar; Denise Schoenbachler, Dean of the NIU College of Business; and, Kathie Topel, Managing Partner at IMPACTinsights. Developed by Empowering Women Network, Inc., the event is sponsored by the True Value Company and is open to all NIU Business majors. >>Read more for event time and place details

2012 Leadership Summit - in Celebration of Women's History Month

(Spring 2012) Learn how these female executives and entrepreneurs climbed beyond the glass ceiling to become the influential leaders of today and more: Stacey Barsema, President of the Barsema Foundation; Cherilyn Murer, JD, CRA, President & CEO of Murer Consultants, Inc.; La Vonne I. Neal, Dean of NIU College of Education; Denise Schoenbachler, Dean of the NIU College of Business; Aquanette Simpson, NIU Director of Employee Services & HR Department; and, keynote speaker Teresa Tanner, Chief Human Resources Officer of Fifth Third Bancorp. This event is sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc, in partnership with Fifth Third Bank. >>more