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.

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

Aaron S. Williams

Executive Vice President, Government Relations and Corporate Communications

Aaron Williams served as executive vice president of RTI’s international development group from 2012-2015 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), and 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 BS in Geography/Education from Chicago State University, and an MBA in Marketing and International Business from the Wisconsin School of Business at UW-Madison. As one of our early Consortium students, his visit marks the beginning of our 50-year anniversary celebration as founding partner of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management.

Presentation Date: Thursday, November 10, 2016

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

Rebecca Ryan

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

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


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 BAs in Economics and International Relations from Drake University, and a Graduate Certificate in Strategic Foresight from University of Houston


Presentation Date: Friday, September 23, 2016

Previous Speakers


Michael Shannon
KSL Capital

Michael S. Shannon

Chairman 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.

Presentation Date: Friday, April 29, 2016

Lisa Mitchell

Lisa Mitchell-Kastner

Vice President, Talent Acquisition

As Vice President of Talent Acquistion 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.

Presentation Date: Thursday, February 4, 2016


Thomas Perez
US Department of Labor

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.

Presentation Date: Monday, October 19, 2015

Carey Lohrenz

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.

Presentation Date: Thursday, October 15, 2015

Scott Cook

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

Presentation Date: Friday, September 11, 2015

Richard Davidson
Center for Investigating Healthy Minds

Richard Davidson

Director, Waisman Brain Imaging Lab

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. Ph.D. from Harvard in Psychology, at UW-Madison since 1984. He has published more than 320 articles, many chapters and reviews and edited 14 books. Author (with Sharon Begley) of "The Emotional Life of Your Brain" published by Penguin in 2012. Received a NIMH Research Scientist Award, a MERIT Award from NIMH, and the William James Fellow Award from the American Psychological Society. He is Past-President of the Society for Research in Psychopathology and of the Society for Psychophysiological Research. He was the year 2000 recipient of the most distinguished award for science given by the American Psychological Association - the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award. He was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2006. In 2011, he was given the Paul D. MacLean Award for Outstanding Neuroscience Research in Psychosomatic Medicine. He serves on the Scientific Advisory Board at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences from 2011-2017 and as Chair of the Psychology section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science from 2011-2013.

Presentation Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015

Franci Phelan

Franci Phelan

Former CHRO

Dr. Phelan’s expertise in the human resources field led her to the top of many companies. She designs and executes strategies to ensure that an organization remains a preferred workplace and supportive of all associates.

Dr. Phelan has an extensive background in strategy and human resources, including senior level positions in talent management and organizational design and development, cultural change, succession planning, strategy, integration, and international assignments. She has held senior leadership positions with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; DuPont/Pioneer; Cummins Engine Company; Miller Brewing Company; TDS Telecom; Principal Financial Group; Wells Fargo Home Mortgage; Krause Holdings, LLC; and the Circle K Corporation.

Dr. Phelan holds a doctoral degree in human and organizational learning with the George Washington University, a Master of Science in management from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Bachelor of Arts in business communication and advertising from Arizona State University. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR).

Phelan has a passion for contribution to the broader community. Currently, she works with the ACT Foundation and The Business Roundtable in DC researching barriers to employment for young, low income working learners. In addition, she has served on the boards of United Way, Hospice, Special Olympics, Des Moines Public Library and Des Moines Higher Education Collaborative. In addition, Dr. Phelan is a guest lecturer for Drake University’s Education Leadership program, supports Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (I-JAG) among other youth and education focused non-profit organizations, as well as serves as a professional mentor to practitioners in leadership, strategy and human resources capacities. She continues to advise The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Council of Agriculture Education.

Presentation Date: Friday, February 20, 2015


Keith Ferrazzi
Ferrazzi Greenlight

Keith Ferrazzi

Founder and Chairman, Ferrazzi Greenlight

As founder and CEO of Ferrazzi Greenlight, Keith Ferrazzi transforms behaviors that block global organizations from reaching strategic goals into new habits that increase shareholder value. The firm’s Greenlight Research Institute has proven the correlation between practices that improve relationships and business success, particularly in sales performance and team effectiveness in an increasingly virtual world. Greenlight’s behavior engineering methodology for diagnosing and instilling the highest ROI behavior change is based on a decade of field engagements with iconic global organizations.

Keith is the author of the bestsellers Who’s Got Your Back and Never Eat Alone. Ferrazzi has been published in The Wall Street JournalHarvard Business Review, Inc., and Fast Company. He was the youngest person to make partner and hold the position of Chief Marketing Officer at Deloitte Consulting, where he raised Deloitte’s brand recognition from lowest to a primary position, spurring the highest growth rate in the industry.

Presentation Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014

Donna Katen-Bahensky

Donna Katen-Bahensky

Retired President & CEO UW Hospital & Clinics

Donna Katen-Bahensky’s journey in health care began by working as a patient relations representative in Phoenix, Arizona as a college junior to her current position as President and CEO at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in February 2008. In between she spent over 30 years in leadership positions in a number of prestigious academic medical centers.

Prior to her current role, she served as CEO of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, as well as the Senior Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs at University of Iowa Health Care. Donna also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating officer at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System and Medical College of Virginia Hospitals and Clinics.

Her first professional opportunity after college was at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where she rose to Hospital Chief Operating Officer after having started as the Director of Strategic Planning and Marketing and completing an administrative residency at the University of Michigan Hospitals.

As a leader in health care, Donna has been active in many professional organizations. She was elected to serve on the Board of Trustees for the American Hospital Association starting in January of 2012. Previously she served on the Administrative Board of the Council of Teaching Hospitals of the Association of American Medical Colleges, and on the Board of Directors of the University HealthSystem Consortium.

Since her arrival at UW Hospital and Clinics in 2008, Donna has led the hospital to enhanced fiscal stability, while ensuring that the hospital continued to care for the states neediest by being the leading hospital in Wisconsin for providing uncompensated care. This past year the fiscal achievements of the hospital were recognized when its bond rating was upgraded. She has also positioned UW Hospital and Clinics well for the future which culminated in the groundbreaking of an over $200 million health care campus with an emphasis on wellness and healthy lifestyles in the spring of 2013. As a “hands on” CEO, Donna has been a leading advocate for building a patient- and family-centered care culture at UW Hospital and Clinics and views this growing culture as part of her lasting legacy.

Quality care has also been an important part of Donna’s tenure at UW Hospital and Clinics. The hospital has been a pioneer in implementing electronic medical records and is one of the less than 2% HIMSS Stage 7 facilities in the country. Under Donna’s leadership, the hospital has also seen its rankings by outside organizations improve, most recently being named the best hospital in Wisconsin for the second year in a row by U.S. News and World Report. In addition, UW Hospital and Clinics was again named a Magnet Hospital for Nursing and was recently named one of the first comprehensive stroke centers in the country. Donna is most proud though, of the recognition the hospital has received for its focus on employees. UW Hospital and Clinics was also named by Working Mother Magazine this past year, for the fourth consecutive year, as one of the top employers, in any industry, for hourly workers. This award is a testament to the commitment Donna has for making UW Hospital and Clinics an employer of choice locally and nationally.

Donna also volunteers in her community. She has had a 26-year relationship with the American Heart Association having most recently been a member on its Midwest Affiliate Board of Directors and Vision for Volunteerism Task Force. In addition, she is a member of the Greater Madison Area Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors of the United Way of Dane County and was also the Co-Chair of the United Way Delegation to Improve Behavioral Health in Dane County.

She has also served as a board member for multiple community non-profit organizations including the Ronald McDonald House and American Red Cross. In 2008, Donna was named a "Family Champion" by Working Mother magazine and was made a lifetime member in the Girl Scouts of the USA for her contributions to the program.

She received her B.A. in anthropology and a master's of science degree in public health administration, with an emphasis in health services management, from the University of Missouri in Columbia.

Presentation Date: Friday, September 19, 2014

Pat Kampling
Alliant Energy

Pat Kampling

Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, Alliant Energy Corporation

Patricia (Pat) L. Kampling is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Alliant Energy Corporation, an investor owned public utility holding company.

Alliant Energy is a Midwest U.S. energy company and is primarily engaged in electric generation and the distribution of electricity and natural gas, serving approximately one million electric customers and 418,000 natural gas customers in Iowa, Wisconsin and a Minnesota.  Headquartered in Madison, WI, with additional general offices in Dubuque and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Alliant Energy has approximately 3,900 employees and more than 30,000 shareowners of record.

As Chairman of the Company’s Board of Directors, Pat is responsible for the successful execution of Alliant Energy’s strategy and vision, directing the performance, balanced growth and its overall success.  In her capacity as CEO, she remains focused on providing Alliant Energy customers with safe and reliable energy, transforming Alliant Energy’s generating fleet and utilizing natural resources wisely.

Prior to assuming her current role in April 2012, Pat served as President and Chief Operating Officer. She joined Alliant Energy in 2005 as Vice President of Finance transitioning into other leadership financial positions, including Chief Financial Officer.

Before joining Alliant Energy, Pat spent more than 20 years in various finance, treasury, regulatory and engineering positions within Exelon Corporation, including serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Exelon Enterprises and the Treasurer of Commonwealth Edison.

Pat serves on the Boards of Directors of American Transmission Company, Briggs & Stratton Corporation, the Edison Electric Institute and the Electric Power Research Institute.  She also serves locally on the Boards of the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, and the United Way of Dane County.

Pat holds bachelor degrees in Engineering and Economics from Swathmore College in Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School.  She is a registered Professional Engineer.

Pat and her husband, Tony, reside in Madison and have two children. 

Presentation Date: Friday, April 25, 2014

Richard Gephardt
Gephardt Group

Richard 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.

Richard A. Gephardt is president and CEO of Gephardt Group Government Affairs. He provides strategic advice to clients on issues before the House, Senate, and Executive Branch in the federal government.

Mr. Gephardt served for 28 years in the United States House of Representatives from 1977 to 2005, representing Missouri’s 3rd Congressional District. In his role as party leader, Mr. Gephardt emerged as one of the leading strategists of the Democratic Party’s platform and chief architect to landmark reforms ranging from healthcare, pensions, education, energy independence, and trade policy.

Mr. Gephardt was the former chairman of the National Endowment for Democracy, a nonprofit organization that endeavors to strengthen democratic institutions around the world through nongovernmental efforts.

Mr. Gephardt is currently the lead trustee of The Scripps Research Institute, a private, nonprofit research organization engaged in basic biomedical science, a member of the board of directors at The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He also serves as chairman of the advisory board of the Richard A. Gephardt Institute for Public Service at Washington University in St. Louis.

Presentation Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014

Stan Davis
UW Law School

Stan Davis

Attorney at Davis & Farley, LLC, Former Regent and Chief Counsel for Governor Doyle

Stan Davis is an owner and partner in the firm of Davis & Farley, LLC, in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Stan’s practice focuses on advising and assisting clients on issues related to business transactions and planning, as well as dealing with the executive and legislative branches of local, state, and federal governments. Ranging from strategic planning to litigation, Stan focuses on proactive problem solving and advocacy to achieve success for his clients.

Prior to attending law school, Stan graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse; taught high school in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and worked in the Washington, D.C. offices of U.S. Representative Bruce Vento (MN) and U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone (MN). After his graduation from George Washington University Law School in 1998, Stan served as an assistant attorney general in the civil litigation unit of the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ).

In 2003, Stan was appointed to serve as deputy chief of staff and chief legal counsel to Governor Jim Doyle. In that capacity, he served as chief legal advisor to the governor and as the governor’s liaison to the Wisconsin court system, the Wisconsin Department of Justice, and the Department of Military Affairs.

Stan is currently a member of the Wisconsin Technical College System Board and he served as a member of the UW System Board of Regents until July 2011. He also currently serves on the board of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Foundation and the Celebrate Children Foundation.

Presentation Date: Thursday, February 13, 2014

Susan Wallace

Susan Wallace

General Manager, Philips Radiation Oncology Systems

Dr. Susan Wallace joined Philips Healthcare in 2009 as general manager of the Radiation Oncology Systems business. In this role, she is responsible for all global operations and market development activities related to therapy planning, as well as assuring strategic alignment with Philips imaging and informatics solutions in the radiation oncology space.

Prior to her role with Philips, Dr. Wallace had almost 20 years of Fortune 15 company leadership experience, including a role as vice president of sales and marketing for Cardinal Health PET Services and global general manager for the GE Healthcare PET business segment. She also has experience leading multiple medical device venture start-up businesses based in the U.S. and Israel, and has worked with drug developers, the FDA, the NCI, the imaging community, and biomarker manufacturers to integrate imaging technology into multicenter clinical trials for investigational therapeutic pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Wallace is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt. She received her Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in the area of PET radiopharmaceutical chemistry in 1990.

Presentation Date: Friday, January 10, 2014


Tom Fomolo
New Harbor

Tom Formolo

BBA '86, Dean’s Advisory Board Member, Founder and Partner, New Harbor Capital

Tom Formolo is a founder and partner at New Harbor Capital. He also remains a partner at CHS Capital, where he leads the Business Services, Healthcare, and Education team and is a member of the Investment and Management Committees. Prior to joining CHS, he was with Heller Financial in the Leveraged Funding Group. Tom holds a BBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MBA from Northwestern University.

Presentation Date: Thursday, November 14, 2013

Paul Grangaard
Allen Edmonds

Paul Grangaard

President & CEO, Allen Edmonds Shoe Corporation

Paul Grangaard, President and CEO of Allen Edmonds Corporation since September 2008, has led a major turnaround at the company – achieving record sales in 2011 and again in 2012, and essentially doubling sales from the multifaceted duress that was present upon his arrival. This success was driven by Paul’s reconstituted leadership team of experienced executives — some recruited, some long term AE — and new strategies in product offerings, new AE store growth, e-commerce, brand development, marketing, PR and quality assurance. Prior to Allen Edmonds, Paul spent 3 years as a partner at Goldner Hawn Private Equity, 19 years in senior executive positions and consumer industry investment banking at Piper Jaffray Incorporated, and 6 years at The First National Bank of Chicago in its Chicago headquarters and its branch in Frankfurt, Germany.

Active in the community, he has served as Chair of the Minnesota Orchestra Board of Directors and of its Finance, Investment and Hall Redevelopment Committees, on the Board of Family & Children's Services of Minneapolis, on the Board of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, on the Board of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, two elected terms on the Edina Board of Education finishing as Chair, and on the Congregation Council and the Foundation Board at his church.

He graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and an MBA in Finance and International Business from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business.

Paul and Margot, his wife, met in college and have four children.

Presentation Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Viveca Chan
WE Marketing

Viveca Chan

BBA ‘76, Chairman/CEO/Founder, WE Marketing Group and WE Engauge

Viveca Chan founded WE Marketing Group in 2005 together with six working partners. WE is the leading independent agency group in China with 200 staff and offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Nanjing, and Hong Kong. Its mission: help global brands localize and local brands globalize. WE’s senior management team uniquely combines in-depth China knowledge with multinational brand marketing experience. WE clients include Estee Lauder, Clinique, Mercedes Benz, Sharp, Kjeldsens Butter Cookies, China Auto Rental, Henkel, Corelle, ICBC, and many more.

Viveca started WE Engauge in 2011, a digital agency joint venture with Engauge US with special expertise in China social media. Clients include Campbells/Swansons, Yum Group, G technology, Lee Kum Kee, Nijiom, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Hotel Fairmont, and Visit California.

Before starting WE, Viveca was chairman and CEO of Grey Global Group, working for Grey for over 25 years. She was instrumental in building Grey’s China network since 1989 and developed its multi-disciplines, including Mediacom, PR, CRM, and interactive in the 1990s and 2000s.

Presentation Date: Thursday, October 10, 2013

Stephen Patscot

Stephen Patscot

Consultant in Talent Management, Spencer Stuart

Steve Patscot is a member of Spencer Stuart’s global Human Resources Practice, where he advises CEOs, boards and senior human resources executives on leadership and succession planning issues. His expertise is also at work in the firm’s Life Sciences and Private Equity practices.

Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, Steve led global HR teams for General Electric across a variety of industry segments, including medical imaging, medical devices, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, information technology, equipment service and professional services. He was responsible for segments around the world totaling more than $16 billion in revenue.

Steve has been directly involved in the assessment, recruitment and assimilation of more than 250 senior executives worldwide, as well as more than 30 merger & acquisition transactions.

He has developed extensive organizational transformation and integration experience in 23 years in business and human resource management. He has written for and been quoted in numerous publications, including The Wall Street JournalHarvard Business ReviewBusiness Week and Sales and Marketing.

Steve is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master's degree in industrial and labor relations. He serves on the board for Junior Achievement of Wisconsin.

Presentation Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Barry Calpino

Barry Calpino

Vice President of Breakthrough Innovation, Kraft Foods Group

Barry Calpino is vice president of breakthrough innovation at Kraft Foods Group, leading innovation across business units. Barry has been at Kraft since 2009. He has 20 years of consumer product goods (CPG) brand marketing experience, with 14 of those years spent mostly or entirely focused on leading innovation. He has inspired innovation efforts for SC Johnson, Kellogg’s, and Wrigley, where he led gum and candy innovation for North America prior to coming to Kraft. Barry has an undergraduate degree in marketing from Marquette University and his MBA from Kellogg-Northwestern. He is originally from Chicago and resides there today, where he is married with three children.

Presentation Date: Thursday, September 5, 2013

Paul Polman

Paul Polman

Chief Executive Officer, Unilever

Paul Polman has been chief executive officer at Unilever since January 1, 2009. Under his leadership, Unilever has set out an ambitious vision to double its business while reducing its overall environmental footprint and increasing its positive social impact.

Paul has been appointed to the UN high-level group looking at the Post-2015 Millennium Development Goals and is a member of the UN Global Impact Board. He is the next chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and is a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum. Paul is a director of the Swiss American Chamber of Commerce, chairman of Perkins International advisory board, and is on the board of the Consumer Goods Forum. He is a trustee of the Leverhulme Trust and, since February 2010, a non-executive director of the Dow Chemical Company.

In May 2012, Paul received the Atlantic Council Distinguished Business Leadership Award and, in June 2012, he accepted the Annual CK Prahalad Global Sustainability Leadership Award.

Paul began his career at Procter & Gamble in 1979 and was group president of Europe. He moved to Nestlé, where he was the chief financial officer and executive vice president for the Americas.

Paul earned a BBA/BA from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands in 1977 and an MA in economics and an MBA in finance/international marketing from the University of Cincinnati in 1979. Married with three children, Paul enjoys reading, marathon running, and mountaineering, but his main passion is for his role in running the Kilimanjaro Blind Trust.

Presentation Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2013


Aaron Jagdfeld

Aaron Jagdfeld

President and Chief Executive Officer, Generac Power Systems

As President and Chief Executive Officer of Generac Power Systems, Aaron Jagdfeld is responsible for overseeing the sales, marketing, engineering and product development departments at Generac. Jagdfeld has been with Generac for 18 years holding previous positions as Accountant, Corporate Controller and Chief Financial Officer.

Jagdfeld serves on the board for the YMCA in Mukwonago, WI, the Waukesha County Chamber of Commerce Manufacturer Alliance and the Business and Economics Advisory Board for the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. On February 11, 2010, Generac Holdings Inc. (NYSE: GNRC), parent company of Generac Power Systems, Inc., began trading on The New York Stock Exchange. In 2010, Jagdfeld was named one of The Milwaukee Business Journal’s “Forty under 40” and was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2010 Upper Midwest awards finalist. In February 2012, Forbes identified Jagdfeld as one of the top 20 most powerful CEO’s in America age 40 and under. In June 2012 Jagdfeld was named Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of 2012 Upper Midwest. Additionally, in 2009 and 2012 Generac was recognized as a top Milwaukee workplace in the large employer category by The Milwaukee Business Journal and also was awarded the prestigious Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award for 2011.

Jagdfeld received a B.B.A. in accounting from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater in 1993. Born in Milwaukee, Jagdfeld has spent his life living and working in southeastern Wisconsin.

Presentation Date: Friday, December 14, 2012

Bill George

Bill George

Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School, Former Chairman and Chief Executive Office of Medtronic, Medtronic

Bill George is a professor of management practice at Harvard Business School, where he has taught leadership since 2004. He is the author of four best-selling books: 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis, True North, Finding Your True North, and Authentic Leadership.

Mr. George is the former chairman and CEO of Medtronic. Earlier in his career, he was an executive with Honeywell and Litton Industries and served in the U.S. Department of Defense. He currently is director of ExxonMobil and Goldman Sachs, and also recently served on the boards of Novartis and Target Corporation.

Mr. George has been named one of the “Top 25 Business Leaders of the Past 25 Years” by PBS, “Executive of the Year 2001” by the Academy of Management, and “Director of the Year 2001-02” by the National Association of Corporate Directors. He has made frequent appearances on television, shared his views on the radio, and his articles have been printed in numerous respected publications.

Presentation Date: Monday, February 6, 2012


Steve Bennett

Steve Bennett

Former CEO, Intuit; Director, Qualcomm and Symantec, Intuit

Steve Bennett joined Intuit in January 2000; “Think smart, move fast” was his mantra during his eight years as president and CEO. During his tenure, he combined the company’s historic innovative and customer-driven expertise with strategic and operational rigor to drive solid results. The firm—known for popular business software such as Quicken, QuickBooks, and TurboTax—grew to $2.7 billion in fiscal 2007 from less than $1 billion in fiscal 2000. In addition, operating profits grew to $765 million compared to $172 million over the same period, and operating margin percentage expanded to nearly 29 percent in fiscal 2007 from 17.5 percent in 2000. Fortune magazine ranked the company on its “Best Places to Work” list six years in a row (2002-2007) and as the most admired U.S. software company from 2004-2007.

Bennett joined Intuit from General Electric Co., where he managed complex and diverse organizations from consumer appliances to financial services during a 23-year career. He has served as a member of the Wisconsin School of Business dean’s advisory board since February 2010, and holds a degree in finance and real estate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Presentation Date: Thursday, December 1, 2011

Ab Nicholas

Ab Nicholas

Chairman, CEO, Portfolio Manager, Nicholas Company

Ab Nicholas currently co-manages Nicholas and Nicholas Equity Income Funds, headquartered in Milwaukee. While earning a bachelor degree in economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Nicholas played guard for the Badger basketball team and was twice named all-conference and once to the all-American team. After two years in the military, he returned to the university for an MBA in finance and investment. Nicholas’ many generous contributions to the school include establishing the Nicholas Center for Applied Corporate Finance and being among the inaugural group of Wisconsin Naming Partners who made a gift to secure our name as the Wisconsin School of Business for the next 20 years.

Presentation Date: Sunday, November 13, 2011

Bo Ryan
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Bo Ryan

Head Coach, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Entering his 11th season as head coach at Wisconsin, Bo Ryan has established himself and the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s program among the most prestigious in college basketball, thanks to a 600-win plateau and a winning percentage of .763. Individual success has followed team success: under Ryan’s watch, five players have earned AP All-America recognition and, during his tenure in Madison, Ryan has coached seven players that have reached the NBA, as well as numerous others who have played professionally overseas or in the NBA Development League.

Presentation Date: Thursday, October 13, 2011