The Leadership Lecture series features world-class, accomplished and influential leaders with expertise ranging from business and philanthropy to public service and academic research. The lectures in each year’s series usually begins with the first of four lectures in the fall. Our goal with this series is to allow our community to have access to the expertise, advice and best practices of some the world’s foremost leadership minds, and as such, the lectures are free and open to the public. The Leadership Lectures are presented with the generous support of Mercantil Commercebank.

In an effort to optimize participation for our lectures, we often overbook knowing that cancellations will effect attendance. As such, we strongly urge you to register online to reserve your place, but also that you arrive early to claim your seat. While we are unlikely to turn anyone away, we are limited to the capacity of the lecture rooms and event spaces. Many thanks in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

Adam Goldstein – February 16, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.

Adam Goldstein was named President & COO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. In 2014. Goldstein oversees the corporation’s shared services portfolio including HR, IT, Safety & Environment, Supply Chain Management, Corporate Communications, Government Relations, Commercial Development, Risk Management and Guest Port Services.

Goldstein currently serves as Chair of Board of Directors of Cruise Lines International Association, or CLIA. Previously, Goldstein served as the National Chair of the Travel Industry Association of America (now U.S. Travel Association) in 2001 and has been inducted into the Travel Industry Hall of Leaders.

Goldstein graduated with honors from Princeton University. He also has  a law degree from Harvard University and an MBA with distinction from INSEAD, the European business school in Fontainbleau, France. [Read More…]

Dr. Sydney Finkelstein – November 1, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.

Sydney Finkelstein is the Steven Roth Professor of Management and Director of the Center for Leadership and the Tuck Executive Program, both at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He holds a Masters degree from the London School of Economics and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. Professor Finkelstein has published 20 books and 80 articles, including the #1 bestseller Why Smart Executives Fail. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Management and on the global Thinkers 50 list of top management thought leaders. His latest bestselling book is Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent, which LinkedIn Chairman Reid Hoffman calls the “leadership guide for the Networked Age,” while Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO of GE, says “Superbosses gives leaders a playbook to bring out the best in their people.” He can be reached on twitter @sydfinkelstein[Read More…]

Susan L. Taylor – October 4, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.

Founder & CEO, National CARES Mentoring Movement & Editor Emerita of Essence Magazine. After 27 years as the chief editor of Essence magazine and the visionary credited with building the brand, Susan L. Taylor left publishing to devote her life to building an organization that is devoted to breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty among African Americans. The National CARES Mentoring Movement is that organization: a community transformation crusade dedicated to “changing the predictable futures defined for our young who are struggling along the margins and living with the indignity of poverty,” she says.  [Read More…]

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