Leadership Speaker Series

  • The Darden Leadership Speaker Series features the world’s thought leaders sharing their stories, expertise and advice with Darden students, faculty and staff.

    We invite you to attend any of these speaker events; all are open to the public. For more detailed information, please check the calendar. For questions, please contact the Darden Leadership Speaker Series team.

  • Upcoming Speakers

    Wednesday, 6 December
    Terrie Curran
    President of Global Inflammation & Immunology (I&I), Celgene

    1:30pm in Abbott Center Auditorium 

    Register here! 




    2016-2017 Speakers  

    4 October
    Dan Daniel (MBA ’91)
    Executive Vice President, Danaher

    10 October
    Muhtar Kent
    Chairman and former CEO, The Coca-Cola Company

    8 September 
    Dominic Barton 
    Global Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company, Inc. 

    12 September 
    Kevin Watters 
    CEO, JPMorgan & Co. Chase Card Services 

    1 November
    Dr. Andreas Kaufmann
    Chairman of the Supervisory Board and Managing Director, Leica Camera AG  

    7 November 
    Pamela Sutton-Wallace 
    CEO, University of Virginia Medical Center 

    9 November 
    Dr. Ulrich Bez 
    Chairman and Former CEO, Aston Martin 

    15 November 
    Jim Moffatt 
    CEO, Global Consulting, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited and Deputy CEO, Deloitte LLP

    1 December
    Kim Morrish 
    Owner and Director, Ground Control Ltd.

    Wed Feb 15 
    Tobias Dengel 
    CEO, WillowTree, Inc. 

    Wed Feb 22 
    Claudy Jules, Ph.D
    Managing Director, Accenture Strategy, Talent & Organization 

    Mon Mar 27 
    Barbara Byrne 
    Vice Chairman, Investment Banking, Barclays

    Thurs Mar 30 
    Jim Dwyer (MBA ’82) 
    CEO and President, Michael Foods, Inc. 


      2015-2016 Speakers

    Steve Voorhees (MBA '80)
    Chief Executive Officer, WestRock Company

    8 September
    Kevin Chidwick 
    Chief Executive Officer, Elephant Auto Insurance

    21 September
    Andrew Ekdahl
    Chief Program Management Officer, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices

    6 October
    Michael DeCola (MBA '77)
    President and Chief Executive Officer, HBM Holdings

    10 November
    Dave Johnson
    Partner and Regional Managing Director, Americas, Bain & Company

    17 November 
    Javier Rodriguez
    President & Chief Executive Officer, DaVita Kidney Care 

    19 November
    Robert G. Wilmers
    Chief Executive Officer, M&T Bank

    2 December
    Naren Gursahaney (MBA '89)
    President, Chief Executive Officer and Director, ADT Corporation

    3 December
    Carol Sawdye
    Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer, PwC

    22 February 
    George M. Logothetis
    Chairman and CEO, Libra Group

    24 February
    Sunil Ghatnekar (MBA '92)
    CFO, Bottling Investments Group of the Coca-Cola Company

    29 February 
    Peter Brabeck
    Chairman and former CEO, Nestle and Chairman Formula One

    22 March
    John Mackey
    co-CEO, Whole Foods

    6 April
    David MacLennan
    CEO, Cargill

    12 April
    Jim Lecinski
    VP of Americas Customer Solutions, Google


    2014-15 Speakers

    Robert J. Hugin  (MBA '85)
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Celgene Corporation 

    Edward L. Monser
    President and Chief Operating Officer, Emerson

    Denise Morrison
    President and Chief Executive Officer, Campbell Soup Company

    Jane Nielsen
    Chief Financial Officer, Coach Inc.

    Carlos Brito
    Chief Executive Officer, Anheuser-Busch InBev

    Kevin Watters (MBA '94)
    Chief Executive Officer of Mortgage Bank, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

    Dr. Ulrich Bez
    Chair and Former Chief Executive Officer, Aston Martin

    David Williams
    Chair & Chief Executive Officer, Merkle Inc.

    Henry Engelhardt
    Chief Executive Officer, Admiral Group, plc

    Jonathan D. Mariner
    Chief Investment Officer, Major League Baseball

    James Beriker
    President and Chief Executive Officer, Simply Hired

    Saundra Pelletier
    Chief Executive Officer, Evofem, Inc. and Women Care Global

    2013-14 Speakers

    Alex Gorsky
    Chief Executive Officer, Johnson & Johnson

    Carolyn Miles
    President and CEO, Save the Children

    Rich Hilleman
    Chief Creative Officer and Executive Producer, Electronic Arts

    Rich Fairbank
    Founder, Chairman & CEO, Capital One

    Martina Hund-Mejean
    Chief Financial Officer, MasterCard

    Walter Robb
    Co-Chief Executive Officer, Whole Foods Market, Inc.

    Roger Ferguson
    President, TIAA-CREF

    Lorna Donatone
    Chief Operating Officer, Sodexo

    Sharon Decker
    Secretary of Commerce, North Carolina

    2012-13 Speakers

    Jacqueline Novogratz
    CEO, Acumen Fund

    Admiral Gary Roughead
    Former Navy

    Jim Miller
    VP of Worldwide Operations, Google

    Fernando Aguirre
    Consultant, Chiquita

    Daphne Koller
    Co-founder, Coursera

    Kip Tindell
    CEO, The Container Store

    Eric Fast
    President & CEO, Crane Company

    Don Knauss
    Chairman of the Board & CEO, Clorox Company

    Punit Renjen
    Chairman of the Board, Deloitte LLP

    David M. Cote
    Chairman of the Board & CEO, Honeywell

    Tony Milikin
    Chief Procurement Officer, Anheuser-Busch InBev

    James (Jim) P. Rogers
    Chairman of the Board & CEO, Eastman Chemical Company

    John A. Luke, Jr. 
    Chairman of the Board & CEO, MeadWestvaco Corporation

    2011-12 Speakers

    Dick Trost
    Volt Marketing Manager, Chevrolet

    Mike Petters
    President and CEO, Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII)

    Henri A. Termeer
    Former Chairman, President and CEO, Genzyme Corporation

    DeMaurice Smith
    Executive Director, NFL Players Association

    Jim Cheng
    Secretary of Commerce, Commonwealth of Virginia

    Thomas Kennedy                    
    EVP and CFO, Hilton Worldwide

    Victoria Harker                    
    CFO and President of Global Business Services, AES Corporation

    Gary L. Perlin                    
    CFO, Capital One Financial Corporation

    Thomas A. Fanning
    Chairman, President and CEO, Southern Company

    Martha N. Johnson
    Administrator, US General Services Administration

    Andrew Gould
    Chairman, Schlumberger Limited

    Greg R. Page
    Chairman & CEO Cargill, Incorporated

    Mike B. McCallister
    CEO, Humana Inc.

    Jim Gilmore
    "Co-Founder Co-Author"
    "Strategic Horizons LLP The Experience Economy: Work Is Theatre & Every Business a Stage"

    Wes Bush
    CEO and President, Northrop Grumman Corporation

    Joseph A. Ripp 
    Former CFO & EVP, Time Warner Entertainment Company, L.P.

    Elizabeth Ellers
    EVP, Corporate Research, Univision Communications Inc.

    Ellen Kullman
    Chair of the Board & CEO, DuPont

    Bradley Kitchens
    President & CEO, ScottMadden, Inc.

    Sheri McCoy
    Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee, Johnson & Johnson

    Doug Scovanner, MBA '79
    EVP & CFO, Target