The M. Keith Weikel Speaker Series enables Wisconsin MBA students to interact with and learn from accomplished business leaders and alumni. Executives from both the private and public sectors are invited to campus to address students. Pre- and post-receptions create exclusive networking opportunities for students in the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA, Evening MBA, and Executive MBA programs.

Students deepen their leadership skills by hearing the distinct perspectives of these visiting business leaders. The exchange of ideas that occurs at these events also brings new insights to the Wisconsin School of Business learning community.

Made Possible through Alumni Support

The series was established in 2004 with a gift by John J. Oros (BBA ‘71) and his wife, Anne Wackman. Oros is managing director at J.C. Flowers & Co., LLC. Today, the series continues as the M. Keith Weikel MBA Leadership Speaker Series thanks to a gift by M. Keith Weikel (Ph.D., Marketing and Economics, ‘66) and his wife Barbara. Weikel retired as senior executive vice president and COO of ManorCare, Inc. in Toledo, Ohio, in 2006. He has served as a director of Laboratory Corporation of America, director for Direct Supply, Inc., and director emeritus for Manor Care, Inc. He is a member of the Federation of American Health Systems and the Alliance for Quality Long Term Care.

All speaking engagements take place in the Plenary Room at 1310 Grainger Hall, 975 University Ave., Madison, WI, 53706.

2017–2018 Academic Year Speakers

Fall Semester

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Jia Jiang

Founder and CEO, Wuju Learning

September 8, 2017
5:00–8:00 p.m.

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William A. Davis

President and Chief Operating Officer, Universal Orlando Resort

October 12, 2017
5:00–8:00 p.m.

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Anne P. Massey

Dean, Wisconsin School of Business

Presenting with Alumni Leaders

November 9, 2017
5:00–8:00 p.m.

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Spring Semester

John Peirson
John Peirson

Deputy CFO, Deloitte Services LP

February 23, 2018
5:00–8:00 p.m.

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Aaron S. Williams

Executive Vice President, Government Relations and Corporate Communications, RTI International

April 26, 2018
5:00–8:00 p.m.

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2016–2017 Academic Year Speakers

Rebecca Ryan
Rebecca Ryan

Author, Consultant, and Owner of NEXT Generation Consulting, Inc.

September 23, 2016

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Ann Mukherjee
Ann Mukherjee

Global Chief Marketing Officer, SC Johnson

February 23, 2017

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Kevin Conroy
Kevin Conroy

Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, and President, Exact Sciences

April 28, 2017

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Featured Previous Speakers

Here are just a few of the many inspiring leaders who have joined the Wisconsin School of Business for the Weikel Series.

Barry Calpino
Barry Calpino

Vice President of Breakthrough Innovation, Kraft Foods Group

Viveca Chan
Viveca Chan, BBA '76

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and Founder, WE Marketing Group and WE Engauge

Scott Cook
Scott Cook

Chairman of the Executive Committee, Intuit, Inc.

Kieth Ferrazzi
Keith Ferrazzi

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Ferrazzi Greenlight; Author of Never Eat Alone and Who's Got Your Back?

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Lisa Mitchell-Kastner

Vice President
Talent Acquisition

Thomas Perez
Thomas Perez

U.S. Secretary of Labor

Paul Polman
Paul Polman

Chief Executive Officer, Unilever

Toni Sikes
Toni Sikes, MS '76

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, CODAworx; Serial Entrepreneur