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.

2013-2014 Speakers

Pat Kampling Chairman of the Board President and CEO of Alliant Energy Corporation.
2014 - Apr 24
Dick Gephardt
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
Stan Davis Attorney at Davis & Farley, LLC Former Regent and Chief Counsel for Governor Doyle
2014 - January 10 Who Gave You the Authority?
PhilipsDr. Susan Wallace
Dr. Susan Wallace General Manager Philips Radiation Oncology Systems
2013 - November 22 Turnaround to Turbocharged
Allen EdmondsPaul Grangaard
Paul Grangaard President & CEO Allen Edmonds Shoe Corporation
2013 - Nov 14 View webcast
New Harbor CapitalTom Formolo
Tom Formolo BBA '86Dean’s Advisory Board Member
Founder and Partner
New Harbor Capital
SpencerStuartStephen Patscot
Stephen Patscot Consultant in Talent Management Spencer Stuart
2013 - Oct 10 View webcast
WE Marketing GroupViveca Chan
Viveca Chan BBA ‘76Chairman/CEO/Founder of WE Marketing Group and WE Engauge WE Marketing Group
2013 - Sep 05 View webcast
Kraft FoodsBarry Calpino
Barry Calpino Vice President of Breakthrough Innovation at Kraft Foods Group Kraft Foods

Previous Speakers

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