Spring Dean’s Speaker Slate Announced

This Spring Goizueta will welcome a distinguished set of Dean's Speakers to campus. Three are open to the public (click image for more information).

At Goizueta Business School, a great value is placed on real-world experience. In that tradition, the school regularly brings some of the best corporate officers to campus as Dean’s SpeakersThe following Spring events are open to the student body and community:


David Darst
Chief Investment Strategist, Morgan Stanley Global Wealth Management Group

WHEN: Jan. 26, 2012, 5-6 p.m.
WHERE: W525 (Goizueta Business School)
RSVP HERE (by Jan. 20, 2012)

Darst is currently employed at Morgan Stanley in the position of Chief Investment Strategist of Global Wealth Management Group. David is a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley. He serves as Chairman of the Asset Allocation Committee, with responsibility for Asset Allocation and Investment Strategy, and was the founding President of the Morgan Stanley Investment Group. He joined Morgan Stanley in 1996 from Goldman Sachs, where he served as a Senior Executive within the Equities Division and earlier, for six years as Resident Manager of their Private Bank in Zurich. He is the author of four books.


Patrick Viguerie
Director, McKinsey-Atlanta, Head of Strategy Practice for the Americas

WHEN: Feb. 21, 2012, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Boynton Auditorium (Goizueta Business School)
RSVP HERE (by Feb. 15, 2012)

In his 24 years with the Firm, much of Viguerie’s work has focused on helping companies develop strategies for growth and renewal. He serves clients in a wide range of industries, including telecommunications and technology, airlines, agricultural equipment, and healthcare. Viguerie is widely published on topics of strategy and competition and is co-author of The Granularity of Growth, which focuses on how large companies can sustain growth and performance. He is also author of a number of articles in the Harvard Business Review, including “Is Your Growth Strategy Flying Blind?,” “Strategy Under Uncertainty,” “Deals Without Delusions,” and “The Faster They Fall.” His work is also featured in the Harvard Business Review books Managing in the New Economy and On Managing Uncertainty. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an A.B. in Computer Science from Dartmouth College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.


Rep. John Lewis
U.S. Congressman

WHEN: Feb. 24, 2012 at 7th Annual Diverse Leadership Conference
WHERE: Cox Hall (Emory University)
Click here for RSVP information (including costs) and schedule

Born the son of sharecroppers on Feb. 21, 1940, outside of Troy, Ala., Lewis grew up on his family’s farm and attended segregated public schools in Pike County, Alabama. As a young boy, he was inspired by the activism surrounding the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., which he heard on radio broadcasts. In those pivotal moments, he made a decision to become a part of the Civil Rights Movement. Ever since then, he has remained at the vanguard of progressive social movements and the human rights struggle in the United States.


Neville Isdell
Former CEO of Coca-Cola

WHEN: April 24, 2012, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Boynton Auditorium (Goizueta Business School)
RSVP HERE (by April 18, 2012)

Isdell served as Chief Executive Officer of The Coca-Cola Company from June 1, 2004 to July 1, 2008 and Chairman of the Board from June 1, 2004 to April 22, 2009. During Mr. Isdell time with The Coca-Cola, he led the way in embedding sustainability throughout every facet of the organization and helping ensure its role as a community-connected twenty-first century enterprise. He is the author of a new book, which releases this fall.


In 2010-2011 Goizueta welcomed Newell Rubbermaid CEO Mark Ketchum, who spoke of company-wide metamorphosis and Army Lt. Gen. Ken Keen, who led the military relief effort in post-earthquake Haiti.

In Spring 2011 the school also welcomed John W. Chidsey, Chairman of Burger King Corporation, and previous Dean’s Speaker to the Undergraduate Business School Leadership Conference. Jim Wells, Chairman and CEO of SunTrust Banks talked about the power of a company’s culture. Herb Allen, President and CEO of Allen and Co. and Barry Diller, Chairman and Senior Executive of IAC headlined a panel on business strategies.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed — a first-time Dean’s Speaker — joined the group in the Spring as part of the Diverse Leadership Conference.

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