Bringing the world's leading corporations to Fuqua

Since 1984, the Dean's Office of The Fuqua School of Business has hosted the Distinguished Speaker 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 Speaker Series is supported by Dean Bill Boulding, and the series is open to the Duke University community.   

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

Apple CEO Tim Cook explains how to hire people who will focus on collaboration and deliver the "magic" that happens when great minds come together.

Distinguished Speaker Series: Apple CEO Tim Cook

Leadership Insights

Top Tech CEOs Share with Students

Xerox CEO Ursula Burns talking to Dean Bill Boulding during a Fuqua Distinguished Speaker Series event
What’s the benefit of hearing from two female CEOs of fortune 150 companies within a two-week period? A student who helped host their visits explains.

2019-2020 Speakers

Date Speaker
Nov. 12, 2019 Janet Foutty, Chair of the Board, Deloitte
Feb. 6, 2020 Chip Bergh, President and CEO, Levi Strauss & Co.
Feb. 11, 2020 Bart Houlahan, Co-Founder, B Lab


Past Speakers


  • David Taylor, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, P&G - View YouTube video
  • Omar Ishrak, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Medtronic - View YouTube video
  • Mary Barra, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, General Motors Company - View YouTube video
  • Brian Moynihan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bank of America
  • Jonathan Reckford, Chief Executive Officer, Habitat for Humanity International - View YouTube video






  • Jonathan Bush, CEO, President, and Chairman of the Board, athenahealth, Inc. - View YouTube video
  • David Gergen,Co-Director, Center for Public Leadership, Professor of Public Service, Harvard Kennedy School - View YouTube Video
  • Jeremy Grantham, Chairman and Co-Founder, Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo Company
  • Joseph R. Swedish, CEO, WellPoint



  • Beth Comstock, SVP & Chief Marketing Officer, GE
  • N.R. Narayana Murthy, Founder & Chairman Emeritus, Infosys
  • Punit Renjen, Chairman, Deloitte LLP
  • Bob Weber, SVP & General Counsel, IBM - View video in Fuqua's iTunes library



  • Craig Mundie, Chief Research & Strategy Officer, Microsoft Corporation - View video in Fuqua's iTunes library
  • Jamie Dimon, Chairman & CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Timothy Flynn, Chairman, KPMG LLP
  • Paul Levy, CEO, Beth Israel Hospital
  • Bob McDonald, CEO, P&G
  • Duncan Niederauer, CEO, NYSE Euronext - View video in Fuqua's iTunes library
  • George Bodenheimer, President, ESPN, Inc. and ABC Sports
  • Bob McDonald, CEO, Procter & Gamble


  • Stephen Quinn, Executive VP & Chief Marketing Officer, Walmart U.S.
  • Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder & CEO, Acumen Fund
  • Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International
  • Ron Nicol, Senior Partner & Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group
  • Pietra Rivoli, Professor, Georgetown University & Author of The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy
  • John Mack, Chairman & CEO, Morgan Stanley
  • Frank Mars, President, Mars Symbioscience, Mars, Inc.