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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 45-minute session will be hosted on Zoom, and is free and open to the public. Each event will include time for Q&A with participants.

Conversations We’ve Had

"Leadership in Times of Crisis"
Connecticut Gov. 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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Explore Previous Events

Steven Sorrells

Health care executives predict greater collaboration among rivals moving forward

Pharmaceutical companies generate billions of dollars in revenue every year with their cutting-edge medications and treatments. Their role in defining illness, as well as their social and economic impact on our country, cannot be understated, said Quinnipiac President Judy Olian during the April 22 Way Forward presidential speaker series discussion.

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David Kaplan, Co-Founder of Ares, Director and Partner of Ares Management Corp, and Co-Chairman of Ares Private Equity, along with Vikrant Sawhney, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Blackstone

Investment industry titans urge need for strong human connection

President Judy Olian and Professor of Finance Osman Kilic spoke with private equity leaders David Kaplan, co-founder of Ares, director and partner of Ares Management Corp, co-chairman of Ares Private Equity Group; and Vikrant Sawhney, chief administrative officer and chief operating officer of Blackstone, regarding the risks and rewards of the private equity industry.

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Antoinette (Toni) Bush and Elicia Pegues Spearman headshot

Successful leaders stress open-minded, eclectic mindset as keys to success

Long before she became a lawyer, Antoinette Bush was a kid from Illinois whose father, a state’s attorney, showed her the impact that law could have on society. As executive vice president and global head of government affairs for News Corp., Bush is making her own impact.

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Chuck Saia holds a copy of his new book

Book offers leadership lessons; proceeds benefit Lupus and environmental sustainability studies

As Chuck Saia ’91, MBA ’94, began to write his new book about advice for young leaders, he reflected on his own life story, the moment that changed everything on 9/11.

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Screen capture of the four panelists during the webinar

COVID-19’s impact on global supply chains

President Judy Olian and Matthew O'Connor, dean of the School of Business, spoke with Jim Lorre, chairman and CEO of Stanley Black & Decker, and Ynon Kreiz, chairman and CEO of Mattel, on managing corporations during and post COVID-19 as part of the university’s presidential speaker series, The Way Forward.

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Presidential election to offer unique challenges, experts warn

With this year's presidential election quickly approaching, there are many unknowns that have led to deep distrust among both parties, according to three experts during the university’s presidential speaker series, The Way Forward.

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Olian, Guber and Zavodsky talking on a Zoom meeting

Top sports industry professionals discuss reimagining the fan experience

Imagine sitting courtside watching the Golden State Warriors play the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Finals. The view, the sound, the thrill of the moment — the experience is unmatched.

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Screen capture of McLaughlin, Hitt, and Brown during the webinar

Experts suggest pandemic could change future of food industry

COVID-19 has negatively impacted the food and restaurant industries throughout the country. With many states shutting down restaurants for at least some period of this year and the threat of national food shortages, the pandemic has changed the relationship many Americans have with food, two experts said on August 20 in Quinnipiac’s virtual presidential speaker series, The Way Forward.

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screen capture of the 4 panelists during the webinar

COVID-19 has exacerbated economic inequities, experts warn

In these uncertain times, it's important to look at how the pandemic affects those who are economically vulnerable and remember that social distancing is a privilege and luxury that many may not have, said two panelists in the presidential speaker series, "The Way Forward."

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Four men speak from their homes and offices.

Newsrooms prioritize digital coverage during COVID-19 crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for the news industry both domestically and around the world, two leading editors said during the university’s presidential speaker series, The Way Forward.

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Leaders discuss COVID-19 testing and treatment

Corporations, industries collaborating to find testing, treatment for COVID-19, experts say in virtual discussion

Advancements are being made on COVID-19 testing and a vaccine, but challenges remain, said two health care industry leaders during a July 9 virtual discussion as part of the presidential speaker series, The Way Forward.

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Stewart Bainum, chairman of choice hotels.

Choice Hotels chairman encourages students to get outside their comfort zone, broaden their experiences and perspectives

Stewart Bainum, chairman of Choice Hotels, joined Judy Olian, president of Quinnipiac, and Monique Drucker, vice president and dean of students, for a conversation on leadership as a part of the university’s presidential speaker series, “The Way Forward.”

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Governor Ned Lamont

Connecticut governor kicks off presidential speaker series with discussion on leadership in times of crisis

Quinnipiac President Judy Olian welcomed Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont for a conversation about leadership in times of crisis. The informal conversation was the kick-off event for the presidential speaker series, “The Way Forward,” with thoughtful conversations about today’s social, economic and health challenges, and the trailblazing ideas that will drive solutions for tomorrow.

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