Weikel Speaker Series
The M. Keith Weikel Speaker Series enables Wisconsin MBA students to interact with and learn from accomplished business leaders and alumni. Executives from both the private and public sectors are invited to campus to address students. Students deepen their leadership skills by hearing the distinct perspectives of these visiting business leaders. Pre- and post-receptions create exclusive networking opportunities for students.
Made Possible through Alumni Support
The series was established in 2004 with a gift by John J. Oros (BBA ‘71) and his wife, Anne Wackman. Oros is managing director at J.C. Flowers & Co., LLC. Today, the series continues as the M. Keith Weikel MBA Leadership Speaker Series thanks to a gift by M. Keith Weikel (PhD, Marketing and Economics, ‘66) and his wife Barbara. Weikel retired as senior executive vice president and COO of ManorCare, Inc. in Toledo, Ohio, in 2006. He has served as a director of Laboratory Corporation of America, director for Direct Supply, Inc., and director emeritus for Manor Care, Inc. He is a member of the Federation of American Health Systems and the Alliance for Quality Long Term Care.
2022-2023 Academic Year Speakers
September 9, 2022
Eric Hansotia is Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer for AGCO Cooperation, a global leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of agricultural equipment.
In his conversation with Dean Vallabh Sambamurthy, Mr. Hansotia will draw from his extensive experience in engineering, advanced technology, manufacturing, product management, quality, and global business leadership.
October 13, 2022
Dr. Joan Lamm-Tennant is the Chair of the Boards of Directors at AllianceBernstein Holdings LP and Equitable Holdings, Inc. She is the founder and former CEO of Blue Marble Microinsurance, and served as an adjunct professor of international business at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
In her conversation with Christy Kaufman, VP of Risk Management at Zillow, Dr. Lamm-Tennant will draw from her experience and leadership related to innovation, entrepreneurship, ESG (environmental, social, governance), and her focus on the social impact of commercially-viable insurance to the underserved.
February 16, 2023
More details to come.
2021-2022 Academic Year Speakers
September 10, 2021
Jill Timm has spent the past 22 years of her illustrious career at Kohl’s, the largest department retail chain in the United States.
Named CFO in 2019, Ms. Timm oversees Kohl’s financial planning and analysis, investor relations, financial reporting, accounting operations, tax, and treasury.
Previous roles in Jill Timm’s career at Kohl’s include:
- Executive Vice President – Finance (2018-2019)
- Senior Vice President – Finance (2012-2018)
- Vice President – Finance (2008-2012)
- Vice President – Financial Planning & Analysis (2006-2008)
Thasunda Brown Duckett
September 30, 2021
Thasunda Brown Duckett is President and CEO of TIAA, a Fortune 100 provider of retirement and investment solutions for people working in higher education, healthcare, and other mission-driven organizations.
Ms. Duckett joined TIAA after serving as CEO of Chase Consumer Banking, overseeing a banking network with more than $600 billion in deposits and 50,000 employees. Prior to that, she was the CEO of Chase Auto Finance, one of the leading U.S. providers of auto financing.
Ms. Duckett serves on several national boards, such as:
- NIKE, Inc.
- Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
- Sesame Workshop
- National Meal of Honor Museum
- Economic Club of New York
January 7, 2022
Secretary Kathy Blumenfeld was appointed by Governor Tony Evers as the Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) in January 2019.
In this role, her priority at DFI is strengthening the financial well-being of the people of Wisconsin by protecting the safety and soundness of Wisconsin’s financial institutions, safeguarding the investing public, facilitating commerce, and increasing financial capability throughout the state.
Prior to accepting this position, Secretary Blumenfeld served as the Executive Vice President of Special Operations at the Total Administrative Services Corporation (TASC), and had an illustrious 26-year career at CUNA Mutual Group, most recently as Vice President of Lending & Payment Security.
In this fireside chat with Binnu Palta Hill, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at the Wisconsin School of Business, Secretary Blumenfeld will discuss ways to advance your career through mentorship, sponsorship and allyship. She will share personal stories of her journey and how male allyship played an important role.
April 21, 2022
Scott Cook is co-founder of Intuit (1983) and Board member, as well as President of the Intuit Scholarship Foundation.
He was a former board member of Amazon, Procter & Gamble, and eBay/PayPal, and a former Consultant for Bain & Company and Brand Manager for Procter & Gamble.
He is also an advisory Board Member of the Center for Brand and Product Management, Wisconsin School of Business.
Featured Previous Speakers
Here are just a few of the many inspiring leaders who have joined the Wisconsin School of Business for the Weikel Series (listed alphabetically).