Bringing the World's Leading Corporations to Fuqua

Mary Barra at Fuqua's Distinguished Speakers Series

Mary Barra, Chair and CEO of General Motors, speaks with Dean Boulding

Since 1984, the Dean's Office of The Fuqua School of Business has hosted the Distinguished Speakers Series, bringing a variety of corporate leaders to Duke's campus. The speakers provide significant educational enrichment that is a natural complement to the school's curriculum.

The objective of the series is two-fold. It brings high-profile corporate leaders to one of the world's leading business schools to share their insights on current business issues and corporate strategies. The program also builds and strengthens the relationship between Fuqua and the world's leading corporations.

The Distinguished Speakers Series is supported by Dean Bill Boulding, and the series is open to the Duke University community.   

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Dean Bill Boulding advocates business as a force for good

Dean Bill Boulding standing in his office at the Fuqua School of Business

2020 - 2021 Distinguished Speakers

Featured Speakers

Mary Barra

General Motors

Mary Barra, chair and CEO of General Motors, describes a year of innovation and how the firm pivoted to produce much-needed ventilators to avoid a COVID-19-driven shortage of the life-saving devices.

Eric Yuan


 Eric Yuan, CEO of Zoom, explains the opportunities and challenges the company has faced in a year that transformed how the world does business and more than tripled Zoom’s revenues.

Ajay Banga


Mastercard Chairman Ajay Banga defines decency in business leadership and explains why leading and serving others is a privilege.

Ellen Kullman


Ellen Kullman, CEO of 3D printing startup Carbon, discusses efforts to build gender equity and her new role leading a startup.

Rich Lesser


Boston Consulting Group CEO Rich Lesser discusses earning trust during challenging times and the importance of communicating in realities. 

David Taylor


CEO of P&G David Taylor discusses the company's revival and his campaigns for equality in the workforce.

Tim Ryan


Senior Partner and Chairman, PwC US, Tim Ryan discusses leadership and how to bring people together with common purpose.

Kareem Cook

Towerview Capital Management/Naturade

Managing Director of Towerview Capital Management and Co-Owner and Chief Marketing Officer of Naturade, Kareem Cook discusses successfully changing corporate cultures and the importance of being intentional.

Dr. Kelvin Baggett

City of Dallas

Dallas Health Czar Dr. Kelvin Baggett discusses building coalitions while leading a city through a pandemic.

Cara Sabin

Sundial Brands

Cara Sabin, CEO of Sundial Brands discusses leading as a Black female CEO.

General Martin Dempsey

Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Martin Dempsey discusses why he believes the turmoil of 2020 will lead to positive change.

Chip Bergh

Levi Strauss & Co.

Chip Bergh of Levi Strauss & Co. discusses brand transformation and CEO activism.