Quinnipiac president launches new speaker series to explore solutions to today’s challenges

The Way Forward: The President's Speaker Series

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uinnipiac is launching a new presidential speaker series to connect members of the university community with leaders, visionaries and established professionals from across the country. “The Way Forward” will offer a virtual forum to showcase and share innovative ideas and critical thinking about some of the most current and pressing challenges facing society.

Kick-Off Event

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The new speaker’s series will debut on Friday, June 19 at 1:15 p.m. with Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont who will discuss leadership during times of crisis with Quinnipiac President Judy Olian.

The 45-minute session will be hosted on Zoom and includes an opportunity to ask questions. The event is free and open to the public.

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Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont will discuss leadership during times of crisis.

Additional Events

Additional events


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.

"The Impact of the Pandemic on the Economically Vulnerable"
Thursday, July 30 at 1 p.m.

Arunan Arulampalam, JD '14, Deputy Commisioner of State of Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection
Erik Clemons, CEO, ConnCAT
Will Ginsberg, CEO, Community Foundation of Greater New Haven
Moderated by: Khalilah Brown-Dean, PhD, Associate Professor of Political Science and Senior Director for Inclusive Excellence

"Pandemic Effects on Food: Food Insecurity and the Restaurant Business"
Thursday, August 20, 12 p.m.

Betsy McLaughlin, Board Member, Veggie Grill
Jack Hitt, Food Writer
Moderated by: Jennifer Gerarda Brown, Dean of the School of Law

"Approaching the Elections in the Midst of the Economic, Political and Racial Strife of 2020"
Friday, September 11, 1 p.m.

Ronald Brownstein, Political Journalist
Denise Merrill, Secretary of State for the State of Connecticut
Moderated by Doug Schwartz, Associate Vice President of the Quinnipiac Poll

“Join us. We’ll engage in thoughtful dialog with some of the brightest minds on today’s social, economic and health challenges, and trailblazing ideas ahead,” said Olian.

Past events


"Leadership in a Time of Crisis"
Friday, June 17

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont
Moderated by: Judy Olian, President of Quinnipiac University

"Travel and Hotels Post Pandemic"
Monday, June 22

Stewart Bainum, Chairman of Choice Hotels
Moderated by: Judy Olian, President of Quinnipiac University, and Monique Drucker, Vice President and Dean of Students

"Innovations in Health Care and Health Technology"
Thursday, July 9

William Weldon ’71, Former Chairman and CEO of Johnson & Johnson
Dr. David Feinberg, Vice President of Google Health
Moderated by: Dr. Bruce Koeppen, Dean of the Quinnipiac Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine and Judy Olian, President of Quinnipiac University