M. Keith Weikel MBA Leadership Speaker Series

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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

Rebecca 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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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

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

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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, November 10, 2016

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Scott Cook

Chairman of the Executive Committee, Intuit, Inc.

  • Co-founder of Intuit (1983)
  • Member of Board of Directors of Procter & Gamble, the Harvard Business School Dean’s Advisory Board, the Intuit Scholarship Foundation, and the Center for Brand and Product Management, University of Wisconsin – Madison.
  • Former Consultant for Bain & Company and Brand Manager for Procter & Gamble
  • Earned an MBA from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s in Economics and Mathematics from University of Southern California

Event Date: Friday, September 11, 2015

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Carey Lohrenz

UW–Madison Alumna,First Female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy

Carey Lohrenz knows what it takes to win in one of the highest pressure, extreme environments imaginable: in the cockpit at Mach 2.

As the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, having flown missions worldwide as a combat-mission-ready United States Navy pilot, Lohrenz is used to working in fast moving, dynamic environments, where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results.

The same challenges are found in business: markets change, customer needs evolve and if you do not adapt quickly your company is at risk.

In her motivating and engaging keynote presentations, Carey shares her fascinating experiences operating in one of the world's most challenging environments - an aircraft carrier. She is uniquely qualified in the fundamentals of winning under pressure, reducing errors and overcoming obstacles. Her mastery of these fundamentals can help your team triumph in this high-risk, time crunched world.

Carey Lohrenz's timely message about High Performing Teams and developing a Culture of Learning is based on the best-practices of high reliability organizations. The processes of Planning, Briefing, Debriefing and Adjusting help businesses manage risk while becoming a High Performing Organization. This message resonates with diverse audiences at every level of the company.

Carey has been requested by name from some of the top Fortune 100 businesses. Her ability to connect with both an audience and on a one-on-one level, coupled with her knowledge and experience in leading high-performing, diverse teams, has made her highly sought after as a business consultant and speaker.

Carey is a powerhouse in the field of delivering engaging Leadership, High Performing Organizations and Diversity Training that directly impacts a company’s ROI and bottom line. Her experience in the all-male environment of fighter aviation and her ability to pass on the Lessons Learned in her career allow her to deliver insight and guidance from a credible platform on Women’s Leadership Issues.

Carey has delivered her leadership and strategy experience to such companies as Cisco, Underwriters Laboratories, AT&T, Kimberly Clark, State Farm Insurance and Sea Ray Boats, to name a few.

Carey graduated from the University of Wisconsin where she was a varsity rower, also training at the pre-Olympic level. After graduation, she attended the Navy’s Aviation Officer Candidate School before starting flight training and her naval career. She is currently working on her Master’s in Business Administration in Strategic Leadership.

Event Date: Thursday, October 15, 2015

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Thomas Perez

U.S. Secretary of Labor

Nominated by President Barack Obama and sworn in on July 23, 2013, Thomas E. Perez is the nation's 26thsecretary of labor. He has committed to making good on the promise of opportunity for all, giving every working family a chance to get ahead, and putting a middle-class life within reach of everyone willing to work for it.

To accomplish this, Perez's priorities for the department include ensuring a fair day's pay for a fair day's work; connecting ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs, through skills programs like Registered Apprenticeship and on-the-job training; promoting gender equality in the workplace; ensuring that people with disabilities and veterans have access to equal employment opportunity; and insisting on a safe and level playing field for all American workers.

Perez's maternal grandfather was the ambassador to the United States from the Dominican Republic in the 1930s until he spoke out against his home country's brutal dictator and was declared non grata. His Dominican-born parents eventually settled in Buffalo, N.Y., where Perez was born and raised.

His father served in the U.S. Army and worked for many years in at the VA hospital in Buffalo, instilling in his son a dedication to public service, where the younger Perez has spent his entire career. Most recently, Perez was assistant attorney general for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Justice, leading the same division where he worked for a decade as a career federal employee beginning in the late 1980s. From 2002 until 2006, he was a member of the Montgomery County Council. He was later appointed secretary of Maryland's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

He was a law professor for six years at the University of Maryland School of Law and was a part-time professor at the George Washington School of Public Health. He received a bachelor's degree from Brown University in 1983. In 1987 he received both a master's of public policy and a law degree from Harvard University.

He lives in Maryland with his wife, Ann Marie Staudenmaier, and their three children.

Event Date: Monday, October 19, 2015

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Lisa Mitchell-Kastner

Vice President, Talent Acquisition

As Vice President of Talent Acquisition at AT&T, Lisa Mitchell-Kastner manages the end-to-end experience for all internal and external hires including marketing, advertising, sourcing, assessments, employee branding, college recruiting, social media, surveys, and much more.

She was previously the Executive Director - AT&T University and was responsible for the design, development, and delivery of AT&T’s Leading with Distinction (LwD) program. She also recently held the position of Director - Chief of Staff for the Home Solutions organization.

Lisa was named a 2014 Game Changer by Workforce Magazine. She is among 30 young HR professionals under 40 chosen for the award.

Lisa holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Business Management from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas.

Event Date: Thursday, February 04, 2016

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Michael S. Shannon

KSL Capital Partners, LLC

Michael Shannon co-founded KSL Capital Partners, LLC in 2004 and co-founded its predecessor, KSL Recreation Corporation in 1992, serving as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Since 2005, KSL Capital Partners has raised over $7 billion in equity capital commitments and invests exclusively in travel and leisure businesses.

He also co-founded and became Chief Executive Officer of KSL Resorts in 2004 following the sale of KSL Recreation. Prior to establishing KSL Recreation with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, he served as President and CEO of Vail Associates, Inc. (owner of Vail and Beaver Creek Resorts) in Vail, Colorado, from 1986 to 1992.

Mr. Shannon currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Northwestern University, and as a Board Member of the University of Wisconsin Foundation, the Vail Valley Foundation, the United States Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation, Eisenhower Medical Center and the Mayo Clinic Global Advisory Council and as Chairman of the Board of Vail Health Services.

He is the recipient of the University of Wisconsin’s Distinguished Alumni Award, Northwestern University’s Kellogg Schaffner Award, and was recently named as a 2016 Horatio Alger Award honoree.

Mr. Shannon holds a Bachelor of Business and Administration from the University of Wisconsin’s School of Business and a Master of Management in Accounting and Finance from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Event Date: Friday, April 29, 2016