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.   

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

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

Zoom

 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

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


Ellen Kullman

Carbon

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


Rich Lesser

BCG

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


David Taylor

P&G

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


Tim Ryan

PwC

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.