Weikel Speaker Series

The M. Keith Weikel Speaker Series was created to provide the opportunity for Wisconsin MBA students to interact with and learn from successful business leaders and alumni in a variety of fields.

The series was established in 2004 with a gift by John J. Oros (BBA 1971) and his wife, Anne Wackman. Oros is managing director at J.C. Flowers & Co., LLC. Today, the series continues thanks to a gift by M. Keith Weikel (Ph.D., Marketing and Economics, 1966) and his wife Barbara as the M. Keith Weikel Executive Leadership Speaker Series. Weikel retired as senior executive vice president and COO of ManorCare, Inc. in Toledo, Ohio, at the end of 2006. He has served as a director of Laboratory Corporation of America since 2003, 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.

  • 2014-2015
  • 2013-2014
  • 2012-2013
  • 2011-2012
  • 2010-2011
2014 - Apr 24
Richard “Dick” GephardtPresident & CEO of the Gephardt Group
Former United States House of Representative for Missouri’s 3rd Congressional District from 1976 to 2004
House Majority Leader from 1989 to 1995 and Minority Leader from 1995 to 2003.
2014 - Feb 13 View webcast
Stan DavisAttorney at Davis & Farley, LLC
Former Regent and Chief Counsel for Governor Doyle
2013 - Nov 14 View webcast
Tom FormoloBBA '86Dean’s Advisory Board Member
Founder and Partner
New Harbor Capital
2013 - Oct 10 View webcast
Viveca ChanBBA ‘76Chairman/CEO/Founder of WE Marketing Group and WE EngaugeWE Marketing Group
2013 - Sep 05 View webcast
Barry CalpinoVice President of Breakthrough Innovation at Kraft Foods GroupKraft Foods
2013 - Apr 25
Craig Samitt, MD, MBAPresident & CEO of Dean Health Systems
Frank Byrne, MD, MMM, FACPE, FACHE, FACP, FCCPPresident of St. Mary's Hospital
2013 - Feb 12 View webcast
Paul PolmanChief Executive OfficerUnilever
2012 - Nov 15 View webcast
Toni SikesMS '83Founder/Co-CEO of The Art Commission | General Partner in the Calument Venture Fund | Founder and Former CEO of the GUILDCalumet Venture Fund
2012 - Oct 25 View webcast
Damien ConoverBBA '98, MS '01Senior Healthcare Strategist and Managing DirectorMorningstar
2012 - Sep 06 View webcast
George RobertsVenture Partner, OpenView Partners | Former EVP, Oracle CorporatonOpenView
2012 - Apr 20 View webcast
Bret BielemaHead CoachUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
2012 - Feb 16 View webcast
Bill GeorgeProfessor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School, Former Chairman and Chief Executive Office of MedtronicMedtronic
2011 - Dec 01 View webcast
Steve BennettBBA '76Former CEO, Intuit; Director, Qualcomm and SymantecIntuit
2011 - Oct 13 View webcast
Albert "Ab" NicholasBS '52, MBA '55Chairman, CEO, Portfolio ManagerNicholas Company
Bo RyanHead CoachUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
2011 - Sep 22 View webcast
James RyanCEOW.W. Grainger, Inc.
2011 - Apr 28 View webcast
Tom TefftBBA '82 Senior Vice President and President, NeuromodulationMedtronic
2011 - Feb 02 View webcast
Thomas J. FormoloBBA '86 Dean's Advisory Board Member and Venture CapitalistCHS Capital
2010 - Sep 09 View webcast
Laura FrancisBBA '88Vice President of Finance and CFO Promega
Paul ShainBBA '85, MBA '86President and CEOSinglewire Software