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 (PhD, 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.


2019-2020 Academic Year Speakers

Chris Westfall

Chris Westfall

Keynote Speaker, Author, Business Coach

September 6, 2019
5:00–8:00 p.m.

Peter Fuguitt

Peter Feigin

President, Milwaukee Bucks

October 3, 2019
5:00–8:00 p.m.

Gayle Fuiguitt

Gayle Fuguitt

Chief of Customer Insight and Innovation, Foursquare

November 1, 2019
5:00–8:00 p.m.

2018-2019 Academic Year Speakers

Stephanie L. Pugliese

Stephanie L. Pugliese
President & CEO, Duluth Trading Co

September 7, 2018
5:00–8:00 p.m.

Peter Vanham

Peter Vanham
Author, media strategist, business journalist

October 4, 2018
5:00–8:00 p.m.

Marc S. Pritchard

Marc S. Pritchard
Chief Brand Officer at Procter & Gamble

November 1, 2018
5:00–8:00 p.m.

Susan Chapman-Hughes

Susan Chapman-Hughes EVP, Global Head of Digital Capabilities, Transformation and Operations, GCS at American Express

April 12, 2019
5:00–8:00 p.m.

Barry Calpino
Viveca Chan
Kevin Conroy
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William A. Davis
Roger W Ferguson
Kieth Ferrazzi
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Ann Mukherjee
John Peirson
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Paul Polman
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Toni Sikes
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