M. Keith Weikel MBA Leadership Speaker Series

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Aaron S. Williams

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

Aaron Williams served as executive vice president of RTI’s international development group from 2012 to 2015 before taking on his current role. Previously, he served as Peace Corps director from 2009 to 2012, and as vice president of international business development during his first stint at RTI from 2003 to 2009.

He has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in public service and the private sector, which began when he spent three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic. He has also served as a senior official at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where he reached the rank of career minister in the Senior Foreign Service. Williams has extensive experience in the strategic design and management of assistance programs in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a board member of the Ron Brown Scholar Program. Previously he served on the boards of directors of CARE, the National Peace Corps Association, and the Institute for Sustainable Communities.

His awards include the USAID Distinguished Career Service Award (1998) and the Presidential Award for Distinguished Service (1988, 1992). In 2015, he was appointed by President Barack Obama as U.S. Alternative Representative to the Executive Board of the United Nations Children’s Fund.

Williams earned a B.S. in Geography/Education from Chicago State University, and an MBA in Marketing and International Business from the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Williams is one of our early Consortium students, and his visit marks the beginning of our 50-year anniversary celebration as a founding partner of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management.

Event Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018

John Peirson

John Peirson

Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Deloitte Services LP

John Peirson was named deputy chief financial officer of Deloitte Services LP in May 2016, after holding various client service and leadership positions since he joined the firm in 2002. Previously, he worked at Arthur Andersen.

Peirson has served as the lead client service partner for a number of Fortune 100 companies in the health plan and financial services sectors. He has led Deloitte’s Internal Audit Transformation Market Offering, Technology Risk Practice and served as the chief operating officer of Deloitte’s Risk Advisory business.

Peirson’s current responsibilities include:
• Managing Deloitte’s financial risks
• Treasury and cash management
• Accounting and reporting
• Financial planning and analysis
• Real estate
• Taxes
• Digitizing finance
• Capital management including ROI analysis

He also co-leads the firm’s Operating Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee.

Peirson received his BBA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Event Date: Friday, February 23, 2018

Anne Massey

Anne P. Massey

Dean, Wisconsin School of Business

Prior to becoming the Albert O. Nicholas Dean of the Wisconsin School of Business, Massey served as a researcher, teacher, and administrator at Indiana University and the Kelley School of Business in Bloomington. Her broad and varied leadership roles resulted in innovative cross-campus collaborations, new funding sources, and mutually beneficial relationships with industry partners.

Massey is a thought leader on technology-driven innovation processes and strategies, particularly as they relate to team performance. Throughout her career, she has leveraged interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary relationships, creating environments that inspire students, foster research excellence, and nurture an engaged community.

As a former associate vice president in the Office of the Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs at Indiana University, Massey played a leadership role focused on the academic relations mission across all eight campuses. Leveraging her expertise in technology adoption and use, she led complex technology-based initiatives that resulted in greater effectiveness, efficiency, and visibility in the operation of the University. Prior to her university-level appointment, Massey served as a top administrator in faculty and academic affairs at Indiana University Bloomington, overseeing promotion and tenure policies and practices, and leading related change initiatives that fostered collaboration across disciplines.

Event Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017

William A. Davis

William A. Davis

President and Chief Operating Officer, Universal Orlando Resort

William A. Davis is responsible for oversight of Universal Orlando Resort, including the Universal Studios theme park, the Islands of Adventure theme park, the Volcano Bay water theme park and the 30-acre CityWalk entertainment complex. He reports directly to Tom Williams, chairman and chief executive officer of Universal Parks and Resorts.

Davis has 40 years of theme park experience, including sales and general manager positions at SeaWorld theme parks in Florida and Ohio. He also served as executive vice president and general manager at SeaWorld of California. Davis then moved on to senior vice president of Guest Services at the Busch Entertainment Corp., where he was responsible for park and culinary operations, merchandise, safety/environmental and beverage promotion for nine theme parks in the United States.

Davis is a graduate of San Diego State University, as well as the Brooks Institute of Photography, and he has earned an MBA from Stetson University. He is a past president of Visit Orlando and current Executive Committee Board member. He has served on the Give Kids the World Board of Directors, the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Committee, and the American Zoological Association as a Professional Fellow.

Event Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017

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Jia Jiang

Founder and CEO, Wuju Learning

Jia Jiang is the founder and CEO of Wuju Learning, a company that trains organizations to become fearless through rejection training. Also known as “the Rejection Guy,” he is an entrepreneur, blogger, author, and speaker.

His accomplishments include:

  • Author of the best-selling book, Rejection Proof: How I Beat Fear and Became Invincible Through 100 Days of Rejection (2015)
  • Rejection Therapy blog
  • TEDx speaker

After quitting his corporate career and starting his own company, Jiang started a personal quest to seek out rejection on a daily basis. His journey revealed a whole new world that was hidden in plain sight, and he discovered the power to get what you want by asking and negotiating.

Jiang holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from Brigham Young University and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University.

Event Date: Friday, September 8, 2017

Kevin Conroy

Kevin Conroy

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

Kevin T. Conroy was named chairman of the board in March 2014, and has served as president and chief executive officer of Exact Sciences since April 2009.

Conroy oversees the company’s strategy in cooperation with the board and investors. His responsibilities also include creating and fostering a culture of collaboration and innovation; building a strong leadership team; and ensuring company resources are properly allocated to create the most value.

Conroy has experience in a diverse set of roles:

  • Chief executive officer, president, Third Wave Technologies
  • Intellectual property counsel, GE Healthcare
  • Chief operating office, venture-backed technology companies
  • Intellectual property litigator, McDermott Will & Emory
  • Partner, Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard and Geraldson

He received his B.S. degree from Michigan State University and earned his JD from the University of Michigan Law School.

Event Date: Friday, April 28, 2017

Ann Mukherjee

Ann Mukherjee

Global Chief Marketing Officer, SC Johnson

Mukherjee joined SC Johnson as its first ever Global Chief Marketing Officer in 2015. She is responsible for driving growth across multiple categories in household and personal care, including Ziploc, Glade, Mrs. Meyer’s, Caldrea, Raid, Off, Windex, Scrubbing Bubbles, Pledge, and Kiwi.

Prior to SC Johnson, Mukherjee was president of PepsiCo’s Global Snacks Group and Global Insights. She also served as chief marketing officer of Frito-Lay North America, and led marketing, new product innovation, consumer insights, and strategy for all Quaker-branded snacking.

For 11 years, Mukherjee managed the marketing of several Kraft Brands, including Kraft Mac & Cheese, Kraft Singles, Taco Bell, Minute Rice, Stove Top Stuffing, Velveeta, and DiGiorno.

Mukherjee graduated with an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and received a B.A. in Economics and B.A. in Religious Theology from the University of Chicago.

Her affiliations, appointments, and awards include:

  • Ad Age Women to Watch
  • Brand Week Marketer of the Year
  • Forbes Top 50 Most Influential CMOs
  • Cannes Gold Lion for Doritos Crash the Super Bowl
  • Advertising Research Foundation’s Grand David Ogilvy Award
  • Multiple Effie and Webby Awards

Event Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017

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Rebecca Ryan

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

According to Rebecca Ryan, the U.S. is going through a period of decline that will last through about 2020. Ryan calls this period “winter.” Between now and then lies a period of regeneration during which we will face decisions about what kind of country we are and what we want to leave for our children and theirs. Understanding the implications of the economy, world events, and globalization, and gaining the necessary tools to lead during the time of regeneration and adjusting to lead in 2020, will be topics covered during this upbeat and exciting talk.

Ryan is the author of:

  • The Next Big Things: The Future of Local Government (2015)
  • ReGENERATION: A Manifesto for America’s Future Leaders (2013)
  • Live First, Work Second: Getting Inside the Head of the Next Generation (2007)

Her TEDx talk, “Create a Better World for More People: A Futurist's Call to Action,” was featured at the prestigious TEDxBeaconStreet in 2015. Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class, calls Rebecca “one of the most reliable sources for CEOs and Mayors who want to attract and keep the next generation of creative workers.”

Other accolades include:

  • Top 100 Most Influential People, Accounting Today
  • Communicator of the Year, Women in Communication
  • Woman of Influence, Business Journal of Greater Milwaukee
  • Entrepreneur of the Year, U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Most Powerful Women in Public Accounting, CPA Practice Advisor

Ryan earned B.A.s in Economics and International Relations from Drake University and a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Foresight from the University of Houston.

Event Date: Friday, September 23, 2016

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