Bringing the World's Leading Corporations to Fuqua

Mary Barra at Fuqua's Distinguished Speaker Series

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

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.   

Upcoming Speakers
Feb 23

Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder and CEO, Acumen

Mar 2

Ajay Banga, Executive Chairman, Mastercard

Mar 8

Eric Yuan, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Zoom

Apr 29
General Motors

Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO, General Motors

Meet Our Dean

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

2020 -2021 DSS Speakers

Date Speaker
June 16, 2020 GEN(R) Martin E. Dempsey AM '84, 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
June 23, 2020 Cara Sabin MBA '98, Chief Executive Officer, Sundial Brands
August 6, 2020 Dr. Kelvin Baggett MBA/HSM ’06, Managing Director, Posterity Capital Group; Senior Advisor, Pharos Capital Group; COVID-19 Health and Health Care Access Czar, City of Dallas
October 13, 2020 Kareem Cook AB ’94, MBA ’00, Founder and Managing Director at Towerview Capital Management, LLC, Chief Marketing Officer and Owner, Naturade
October 22, 2020 Tim Ryan, Senior Partner and Chairman, PwC US
November 17, 2020 David Taylor ‘80, Chairman of the Board, President & CEO, P&G
December 1, 2020 Sean McManus ’77, Chairman, CBS Sports
December 7, 2020 Rich Lesser, Chief Executive Officer, Boston Consulting Group
January 12, 2021 Susan Gordon '80, Former U.S. Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence
February 18, 2021 Ellen Kullman, President and CEO, Carbon Inc.
February 23, 2021 Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder and CEO, Acumen
March 2, 2021 Ajay Banga, Executive Chairman, Mastercard
March 8, 2021 Eric Yuan, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Zoom
April 29, 2021 Mary Barra, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, General Motors

Featured Speakers

Tim Ryan


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

The CEO of Sundial Brands discusses leading as a Black female CEO.

General Martin Dempsey

General Dempsey discusses why he believes the turmoil of 2020 will lead to positive change.

Bart Houlahan


Bart Houlahan, Co-Founder of B-Lab, Discusses Stakeholder Capitalism and How the Principles of Mainstream Economics Hold up in 2020.

Chip Bergh

Levi Strauss & Co.

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

Janet Foutty


What Deloitte Board Chair Janet Foutty has learned about team-building and leadership.

Omar Ishrak


Omar Ishrak discusses the rewards of a common goal.