The Gifford Lecture Series brings nationally-recognized business leaders and scholars to the School of Business and Economics. Students often benefit from interacting with the speakers in their classes as well.
October 16, 2014
Lance Secretan, author, The Spark, the Flame, and the Torch; former CEO, Manpower Limited; founder, The Secretan Center – the #1 Leadership Consulting firm in the world (as ranked by Leadership Excellence).
April 3, 2013
Doug Lennick, CEO and co-founder of Think2Perform (previously the Lennick Aberman Group), is known for his innovative approaches to developing high performance in individuals and organizations and is an expert at developing practical applications of the art and science of human behavior, financial and otherwise.
James F. Parker
October 17, 2011
Mr. Parker served as CEO and vice chairman of the board of Southwest Airlines from 2001 through 2004. In his talk, Doing the Right Thing, Mr. Parker discussed the impact of organizational culture and values on corporate profitability.
Marianne M. Jennings
February 21, 2011
Ms. Jennings is a prize-winning writer, professor, and business expert. She is a professor of legal and ethical studies in business at the W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University.
September 20, 2010
Mr. Landau is an Academy Award-winning producer. Two of his films, Titanic and Avatar, are among the highest-grossing films of all time.
March 23, 2010
Mr. Glickman is an expert in green marketing, crisis management, and ‘next generation’ PR.
February 9, 2010
Ms. Watkins is a former vice president of Enron Corporation, whistleblower, and author of Power Failure, the Inside Story of the Collapse of ENRON.
W. George Jameson
November 11, 2009
Mr. Jameson is a former director, in the Office of Policy and Corporate Coordination, Office of the Director of CIA (2005-09).
The Richard P. Gifford Endowment
The late Richard P. Gifford was a vice president for General Electric and a leader in the business, civic, educational, and religious life of the Lynchburg community. After his death, friends and business colleagues established the Richard P. Gifford Endowment in his honor and memory. The endowment helps fund the Gifford lectures, which feature outstanding executives and scholars in business, leadership, and economics.