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.


Upcoming Speakers


2015 - Feb 20
NikeNicole Otto
Nicole Otto Vice President Innovation, Operations, and Infrastructure, Global Digital CommerceNike, Inc.
2015 - Apr 23
waisman centerRichard Davidson
Dr. Richard Davidson William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry
Director of the Waisman Brain Imaging Lab
Founder of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Previous Speakers


2014 - Oct 23
Keith Ferrazzi, Founder and Chairman, Ferrazzi Greenlight

2014 - Sep 19 View webcast
Donna Katen-Bahensky, Retired President & CEO UW Hospital & Clinics

2014 - Apr 25
Pat Kampling, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, Alliant Energy Corporation

2014 - Apr 24
Richard “Dick” Gephardt, President & 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 Davis, Attorney at Davis & Farley, LLC, Former Regent and Chief Counsel for Governor Doyle

2014 - Jan 10
Dr. Susan Wallace, General Manager, Philips Radiation Oncology Systems

2013 - Nov 22
Paul Grangaard, President & CEO, Allen Edmonds Shoe Corporation

2013 - Nov 14 View webcast
Tom Formolo BBA '86, Dean’s Advisory Board Member, Founder and Partner, New Harbor Capital

2013 - Nov 8
Stephen Patscot, Consultant in Talent Management, Spencer Stuart

2013 - Oct 10 View webcast
Viveca Chan BBA ‘76, Chairman/CEO/Founder, WE Marketing Group and WE Engauge

2013 - Sep 05 View webcast
Barry Calpino, Vice President of Breakthrough Innovation, Kraft Foods Group

2013 - Feb 12 View webcast
Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer, Unilever

2012 - Dec 14
Aaron Jagdfeld, President and Chief Executive Officer, Generac Power Systems

2012 - Feb 16 View webcast
Bill George, Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School, Former Chairman and Chief Executive Office of Medtronic, Medtronic

2011 - Dec 01 View webcast
Steve Bennett, Former CEO, Intuit; Director, Qualcomm and Symantec, Intuit

2011 - Oct 13 View webcast
Albert "Ab" Nicholas, Chairman, CEO, Portfolio Manager, Nicholas Company
Bo Ryan, Head Coach, University of Wisconsin-Madison