Thursday, August 26, 2010

Wake Forest Continues to Land High Profile Speakers

I am very excited about the timing of my MBA program at Wake Forest University! The 2010-2011 year seems to be packed with a number of great speakers both from the Schools of Business and our neighbors in the Law School. We have already announced that writer John Grisham will be here, as will Reynolds American Inc. chairman and CEO Susan Ivey.

On Monday, Sept. 27, Wake Forest will host Laurence Ball, a professor of economics as Johns Hopkins University, who will discuss the financial crisis and its aftermath. His talk is scheduled to run from 6-7:30 pm at Carswell 111 on the Winston-Salem campus. In recent months he has given testimony to the House Committee on Financial Services along with several other highly distinguished macroeconomists with regards to Federal Reserve monetary policy.

A day later, Mike Duke, the president and CEO at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., will participate in our Leading Out Loud speaker series. In fact, he will follow in the footsteps of retired Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott earlier this year by spending the entire day with us! Here is a brief biography for our visitor:

Mike Duke is the president and chief executive officer of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. From 2005 to February 2009, Duke was vice chairman with responsibility for Walmart International. Since joining the company in 1995, he has led the logistics, distribution and administration divisions as well as Walmart U.S. As vice chairman, he was actively involved in developing and executing corporate strategy. He focused on setting higher standards of excellence for the company's resources and people - from the redesign of logistics and merchandise distribution systems, to the recruitment of talent, and development of strong teams. Prior to joining the company, Duke had 23 years of experience in retailing with Federated Department Stores and May Department Stores.

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