Keynote Speaker Events

Alumni Weekend Signature Event

Keynote Speaker Ben Stein, Actor, Author and TV Personality

Be sure to join us for our second annual Alumni Weekend Signature Event. This year’s event will feature Renaissance man Ben Stein who melds deadpan humor and serious insights on the economy and human nature that will leave everyone laughing and thinking. You won’t want to  miss this exciting event!

Saturday, April 26
Christenberry Fieldhouse
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.           
Cost: $10 for Alumni; $15 for Non-Alumni

Ben Stein will offer attendees laughter, insight, and tears as he explores society’s most quirky conundrums by dissecting the economy and helping attendees balance life priorities through a tour of life’s greatest absurdities. An exceptionally gifted economist whose market analysis is sought by companies and organizations across the country, Stein is author of Yes, You Can Supercharge Your Portfolio!; Yes, You Can get a Financial Life;and How to Ruin the United States of America. The nation’s self-styled “hope for the new millennium” Stein’s career achievements range from speechwriter for President Nixon to the pop icon who starred as Ferris Bueller’s teacher. He is, above all, an expert on bringing meaning to both life and work.


Hosted in partnership with the Hull College of Business
Keynote Speaker William Taylor, Founding Editor of Fast Company Magazine

New to the Alumni Weekend schedule, this must-attend event will honor the inaugural Jag 20, twenty of our emerging alumni leaders under the age of 40. Enjoy a hearty, southern style brunch and network with alumni and friends. The event will also feature best-selling author, celebrated entrepreneur, and groundbreaking thinker on leadership and innovation, William “Bill” Taylor.

Sunday, April 27
Legends Club     
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
Cost: $25 per person ($35 after April 5th)

The author of the New York Times best seller Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win, Taylor’s new best seller, Practically Radical: Not-So-Crazy Ways to Transform Your Company, Shake Up Your Industry, and Challenge Yourself, is based on his in-depth access to 25 organizations that are making deep-seated changes under the most trying circumstances imaginable. Having made his name as a hugely successful editor and entrepreneur who co-founded and took Fast Company magazine from start-up to a $340 million sale in less than six years, Taylor speaks with authority and experience on embracing people-centric approaches to leadership, a network approach to cultivating ideas and a relentless focus on being extraordinary all in the name of creating market dominance. Provocative and inspiring, Bill offers firsthand accounts of how game changers are transforming their companies and shaking up their industries—and insights into how you can do the same in your own organization.

Drs. Robert and Lois Ellison Lectureship Series

Featuring Nina Tandon, CEO and co-founder of biotech company EpiBone

Friday, April 26
Lee Auditoria
2:00 p.m. -  3:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

Join us for an exciting lecture from Nina Tandon, CEO and co-founder of biotech company EpiBone. Named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, Tandon speaks on the broad scientific and health care implications resulting from advances in stem cell and tissue engineering.




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