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Past Speakers

The Merrick School of Business Speaker Series was initiated in the spring of 2009 with the appearance of Nobel Peace Prize winner, Muhammad Yunus as our special guest.

Bringing interesting people with interesting stories is paramount in our engagement in the Baltimore community and with our students. A list of our past speaker is below.

Past Speakers

    • Sheila Bair, Former FDIC chairman

      Sheila Bair
      On Sept. 19, 2013, Sheila Bair, former chairman of the FDIC, spoke to a packed auditorium to discuss her book Bull by the Horns: Fighting to Save Main Street from Wall Street and Wall Street from Itself.

      During her talk she described the conflicted world of bank regulation in our democracy. She  provided the audience another authoritative view of the degree to which fraud was the root problem on Wall Street.

      Sheila Bair is widely acknowledged in government circles and the media as one of the first people to identify and accurately assess the subprime mortgage crisis.

    • David Garvin, Harvard Professor

      david garvin
      On May 4, 2010, David Garvin, the C. Roland Christensen Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and co-author of the newly released book titled Rethinking the MBA: Business Education at the Crossroads, appeared on the campus of the University of Baltimore. Professor Garvin addressed three broad trends reshaping graduate business education:

          1.    the move away from two-year, full-time, in-resident programs
          2.    the increased questioning by employers of the value of the MBA degree and
          3.    the resulting bypassing of the degree by both students and employers; factors that have lead to the hollowing out of the MBA marketplace.

    • Francois Gossieaux, Co-Founder Human 1.0

      Francois Gossieaux
      On April 18, 2011, Francois Gossieaux, co-founder and partner at Human 1.0 (formerly known as Beeline Labs) spoke on the campus of the University of Baltimore.  The author of The Hyper-Social Organization: Eclipse Your Competition by Leveraging Social Media, discussed the benefits that social media and Web 2.0. has to companies looking to innovate business programs, practices and organizational culture. Gossieaux is quoted as saying "If you want to understand what's happening in business today, you're better off understanding Human 1.0 not Web 2.0."  He is a senior fellow and board member at the Society for New Communications Research. 

    • Steve Forbes, Chairman of Forbes Media

      Steve Forbes
      On April 7, 2010, Steve Forbes, chairman and CEO of Forbes Media, editor-in-chief of Forbes Magazine, and co-author of the newly released book titled How Capitalism Will Save Us: Why Free People and Free Markets Are the Best Answer in Today’s Economy appeared on the campus of the University of Baltimore.

      Forbes delved into the examples of how political leaders from both parties have violated – as well as embraced – real world, pro-market economic principles. He will go beyond politics and the heated partisan debates to discuss how the real world economy truly works. His lecture and his book are will attract anyone who is concerned about what’s happening today, who may have questions about our economic system.

    • Jon Gertner, Author

      Jon Gertner
      On October 10, 2012 Jon Gertner appeared on the UB campus to talk about his book The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation.



    • Seth Kahan, Author

      Seth Kahan
      On September 21, 2010, Seth Kahan works with Visionary Leaders, helping them achieve success. He was named a “Visionary” himself by the Center for Association Leadership. He has worked with the president of the World Bank, the director of the Peace Corps, senior managers at Shell Exploration and Production Company, Prudential Retirement Savings, and dozens of associations.

      Kahan's latest book Getting Change Right: How Leaders Transform Organizations from the Inside Out, challenges leaders to approach organizational change in a whole new way. He presents a critical philosophical shift from status quo to authentic change through engagement.  His talk will be filled with techniques to implement change

    • Paula Kerger, President and CEO of PBS

      Paula Kerger
      On September 13, 2012, Paula Kerger, president and CEO of PBS returned to her alma mater to discuss nonprofits and their profiting social enterprises.

    • Jeffrey Lacker, Federal Reserve President

      Jeffrey Lacker
      On April 14, 2011, Jeffrey M. Lacker, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and a prominent economist and educator, led a conversation about current issues affecting the economy and conditions in business, banking and government when he visits the University of Baltimore on Thursday, April 14. Lacker took office in August 2004 as the seventh chief executive of the Fed's Fifth District. He is currently serving a full term that began in March 2006.

      Lacker is the author of numerous articles in professional journals on monetary, financial, and payment economics, and has presented his work at several universities and central banks. He taught at The College of William and Mary in 1992 and 1993, and in 1997 he was a visiting scholar at the Swiss National Bank.

    • Marc Lane, Attorney and Author


      Marc LaneOn  August, 25, 2011 Marc J. Lane, author of Social Enterprise: Empowering Mission-Driven Entrepreneurs, appeared  at the University of Baltimore to discuss the topic of changing nonprofits. He discussued how today's economy has forced many charities to cut back on their services. Charitable giving is also down and federal and state governments are pulling back on their support of the social sector. This trend has drastically changed the business model for many nonprofit organizations requiring them to become innovative and entrepreneurial to survive.

    • Peter Linneman, Real Estate Investor and Strategist

      Peter Linneman
      On March 28, 2012, Peter Linneman shared his perspective on monetary policy and real estate returns. Linneman is an expert in real estate finance and investment and is the Albert Sussman Emeritus Professor of Real Estate, Finance, and Business Public Policy at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. His book, Real Estate Finance and Investments: Risks and Opportunities, (now in its 3rd Edition) has been adopted at over 70 leading universities including the University of Baltimore, and is the leading primary reference source in real estate finance and investment.

    • Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Professor

      Rosabeth Kanter
      On September 24, 2009 Harvard business professor, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, appeared on the campus of the University of Baltimore and discussed  her new book  SuperCorp: How Vanguard Companies Create Innovation, Profits, Growth and Social Good.

      She offered a new business model helping to provide solutions to the global crisis of business and American-style capitalism. She ties corporate acts of social good to financial growth and success and believes that at the root of these innovations, is a corporate philosophy, that strives for some kind of good beyond mere profits. Her book illustrates the strong synergy between financial performance and attention to community and social needs.

    • Erik van Ommeren, Innovator

      Erik van Ommeren
      On November 10, 2009, Erik van Ommeren, director of innovation at Vision Inspiration Navigation Trends (VINT)  / Sogeti USA  appeared on the campus of the University of Baltimore to discuss a book he co-authored called, Collaboration in the Cloud: How Cross-Boundary Collaboration is Transforming Business

      Cloud Computing will be the top strategic technological trend that is going to drive IT for years to come.

    • Deborah Perry Piscione,Entrepreneur and Author

      Deborah Perry Pisicone
      On April 10, 2013, Deborah Perry Pisicone came to campus to talk about her finding in her book Secrets of Silicon Valley: What Everyone Else Can Learn from the Innovation Capital of the World.

    • Jeffrey Sachs, Award-winning Economist


      Jeffrey D. SachsOn November 9th, 2011  Jeffrey D. Sachs, award-winning economist, Columbia University professor of health policy and management and author of The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity, appeared at the University of Baltimore as part of the 2011-12 Merrick School of Business Speaker Series.

      During his talk, Dr. Sachs will offered not only a searing and incisive diagnosis of our country's economic ills but also an urgent call for Americans to restore the virtues of fairness, honesty, and foresight as the foundations of national prosperity.

    • Dan Senor, Journalist

      Dan Senor author of Start-Up Nation
      On April 25, 2012, Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation presented a Speaker session and Panel Discussion at Merrick School of Business.
      Dan Senor, author of best-selling book Start-Up Nation provided some  impressive analysis about how Israel became the world of  entrepreneurs. The Panel discussed entrepreneurs at Baltimore. The panel of experts included: Barry Bogage, executive director of the Maryland/Israel Development Center, David Lingelbach, assistant professor of entrepreneurship, University of Baltimore Merrick School of Business, Tom Loveland, CEO of Mind Over Machines, and Rob Rosenbaum, executive director of the Maryland Technology Development Corporation.

    • Russell Simmons, Entrepreneur

      Russell Simmons
      On February 3, 2011, Russell Simmons appeared on the campus of the University of Baltimore to discuss his new book Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All.  He shared with the audience how true wealth has more to do with what's in your heart than what's in your wallet. Simmons has become one of America’s shrewdest entrepreneurs, achieving a level of success that most only dream about. No matter how much material gain he has accumulated, he never stops lending a hand to those less fortunate.

    • Gillian Tett, Editor, Financial Times

      Gillian Tett
      On March 11, 2010, U.S. managing editor at the Financial Times and award-winning journalist, Gillian Tett appeared on the campus of the University of Baltimore.

      Tett appeared to discuss her book Fool's Gold: How the Bold Dream of a Small Tribe at J.P. Morgan was Corrupted by Wall Street Greed and Unleashed a Catastrophe. The book follows the trail of a small group of bankers at J.P. Morgan whose investment decisions added to the chaos of the financial meltdown. She will discussed the impact of the nation’s financial policy and what lessons can be learned from it.

    • David Wessel, Editor, Wall Street Journal

      David Wessel
      On October 14, 2009 Wall Street Journal Economic editor, David Wessel, appeared on the campus of the University of Baltimore.

      Wessel discussed his new book  In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke's War on the Great Panic - How the Federal Reserve Became the Fourth Branch of Government.  He revealed in scary detail how unprepared the politicians and regulators truly were for the calamity, and how close we came to a depression that could easily have rivaled what the nation saw in the 1930s. In Fed We Trust actually offers a group portrait of the figures responsible for responding to the housing meltdown, credit freeze, stock market crash and economic slump.

    • Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Laureate

      Muhammad Yunus
      On April 20, 2009, Muhammad Yunus, winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, author, and founder of Grameen Bank, appeared on April 20, 2009 and discussed how the dynamics of capitalism can be applied to some of society's greatest challenges. The sold out event was held at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, near the UB campus. The event was sponsored by the University of Baltimore's Merrick School of Business, and represents the school's continuing commitment to inspiring and educating students to become globally responsible leaders.