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The Way Forward

Presidential Speaker Series

The Way Forward

The presidential speaker series is designed to connect members of the university community with leaders, visionaries and established professionals from across the country. “The Way Forward” offers thoughtful conversations about today's social, economic and health challenges, and the trailblazing ideas that will drive solutions for tomorrow.

Each event will include time for Q&A with participants, and is free and open to the public.

Conversations We’ve Had

"Leadership in Times of Crisis"

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont
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"Travel and Hotels Post Pandemic"

Stewart Bainum, chairman, Choice Hotels
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"Innovations in Health Care and Health Technology Post COVID-19"

William Weldon ‘71, former chairman and CEO, Johnson & Johnson
Dr. David Feinberg, vice president, Google Health
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"Journalism and Managing the Newsroom During a Crisis"

Matt Murray, editor-in-chief, Wall Street Journal
Peter Spiegel, US managing editor, Financial Times
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"The Impact of the Pandemic on the Economically Vulnerable"

Arunan Arulampalam, JD '14, deputy commissioner, State of Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection
Erik Clemons, CEO, ConnCAT
Will Ginsberg, CEO, Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
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"Pandemic Effects on Food: Food Insecurity and the Restaurant Business"

Betsy McLaughlin, board member, Veggie Grill
Jack Hitt, food writer
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"Professional Sports: Managing the Current Crisis and Anticipating the Future"

Peter Guber, chairman and CEO, Mandalay Entertainment
Michael Zavodsky, chief business officer, Detroit Pistons
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"Approaching the Elections in the Midst of the Economic, Political & Racial Strife of 2020"

Ronald Brownstein, political journalist
Denise Merrill, secretary of state, State of Connecticut
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"Managing Global Supply Chains During and Post COVID-19"

Jim Loree, chairman and CEO, Stanley Black & Decker
Ynon Kreiz, chairman and CEO, Mattel
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"Advice for Young Leaders"

Chuck Saia, senior partner at Deloitte, author and board member at Quinnipiac University
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"Navigating Your Career Path Across the Private and Public Sectors"

Antoinette (Toni) Bush, executive vice president and global head of government affairs, News Corp
Elicia Pegues Spearman, JD, general counsel and vice president for human resources, Quinnipiac University
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"The Risks and Rewards of Private Equity: Is This the Industry for You?"

David Kaplan, co-founder, Ares
Vikrant Sawhney, chief administrative officer and chief operating officer, Blackstone
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"The Development and Marketing of Pharmaceutical Products"

Steven Sorrells, vice president of sales, Pfizer
Michael Benkowitz, president and chief operating officer, United Therapeutics
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“The Future of Entertainment”

Anne Sweeney, a member of the Netflix board of directors and former co-chair of Disney Media Networks
Mike Hopkins, senior vice president for Prime Video and Amazon Studios
Fritz Staudmyer, assistant professor, chair of film, television and media arts in the School of Communications
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“The Future of College Athletics”

Michael Schill, president of University of Oregon, chair of the Pac-12 CEO Group
U.S. Senator Christopher Murphy of Connecticut
Greg Amodio, director of athletics at Quinnipiac
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"Mattel CEO proves Barbie, legacy toys are big business"

Ynon Kreiz, CEO of Mattell
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“Leadership in the Airline Industry”

Robin Hayes, JetBlue’s chief executive officer
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